Aug 4th 2018

Join us for a night of experimental music, departing from the use of soundscapes, acoustic instruments, walkings, and microtonal improvisations, by New York City and Chicago based artist Eric Leonardson, Jenn Grossman, Amanda Gutierrez, and Stuart Jackson.


Amanda Gutiérrez, in collaboration with Jenn Grossman
Eric Leonardson
Jenn Grossman
Stuart Jackson

Artist Bios

Eric Leonardson, a Chicago-based audio artist, serves as the Executive Director of the World Listening Project, founder and co-chair of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, and President of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. He is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). As a performer, composer, and sound designer, Leonardson created sound with the Chicago based physical theater company Plasticene (1995-2012). Leonardson performs internationally with the Springboard, a self-built instrument made in 1994 and often presents on acoustic ecology to new audiences. Leonardson earned a Master of Fine Arts (Time Arts) degree at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1983, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (Visual Art) at Northern Illinois University in 1980. He is a recipient of two Illinois Arts Council Media Arts Fellowships (2002 and 2006), and was a 2013 Copeland Fellow at Amherst College.

Amanda Gutiérrez, explores the experience of home, belonging, and cultural identity by bringing into focus details of everyday practices whose ordinary status makes it particularly hard for us to notice their key role in defining who we are. Trained and graduated initially as a stage designer from The National School of Theater, Gutiérrez uses a range of media such as sound art and performance art to investigate how these conditions of everyday life set the stage for our experiences and in doing so shape our individual and collective identities. Approaching these questions from immigrants’ perspectives continues to be of special interest to Gutiérrez, who completed her MFA in Media and Performance Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently elaborating the academic dimension of her work as a Ph.D. student at the University of Girona, Spain. Gutiérrez has held numerous art residencies in FACT Liverpool in the UK, ZKM in Germany, TAV in Taiwan, Bolit Art Center in Spain, and her work has been exhibited internationally in venues such as The Liverpool Biennale in 2012, and currently at Harvestworks in NYC. A recipient of a grant from the National System of Art Creators, in Mexico.

Jenn Grossman is a sound and experiential media artist based in Brooklyn. She thinks about sound psycho-spatially, treating our sensorial realities as portals into the surreal, subconscious, and otherworldly, often re-framing ephemera by displacing it into a new environment, sounding it through objects, or creating immersive experiences that expand perception. This has taken the form of installations, compositions, sound sculpture, ambient soundscape, spatial sound works, public interventions, and sound/movement collaborations with dancers and filmmakers. She has installed works, performed, and presented papers at various festivals and conferences such as the Governor’s Island Art Fair, Platforms II at MoMA PS1 Printshop, the She Resonates Series at Pioneer Works, the New York Transit Museum’s PLATFORM series, Reverse Gallery, Open Source Gallery, for the Megapolis Audio Festival, the Mixed Signals: Surround series at Future Space, CT::SWaM, the Quadrophonic series, Standing Waves at Knockdown Center, the Deep Listening Conference’s Cistern Dream Session, 60×60 Surround Sound at Harvestworks, NYU’s Precarious Sounds//Sounding Sanctuary Conference and the Sounds, Images & Data Conference, Brown’s OPENSIGNAL Festival, Lancaster University’s Women in Sound/Women on Sound Symposium, the University of Amsterdam’s Sound Signatures Conference, University of Toronto’s FOOT Festival, the Ende Tymes Festival, the Megapolis Audio Festival, and in unconventional public spaces.

Stuart Jackson is a percussionist and uilleann piper from Virginia, now based in Queens, NY. An active performer of traditional and contemporary music, he is devoted to an in depth engagement with musical work primarily from the 20th century. The graphic scores of John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and others are not only perceived as artifacts from recent music history, but radical blueprints that provide practical means for discovering new sound worlds.
Since 2015, he has been an artist in residence every July and August at the West Street Schoolhouse in Aaronsburg, PA. While there he has presented percussion and electronic music concerts in unique venues such as defunct ballrooms and barns. Recent performances include engagements with the Soho Rep Theatre, the Wordless Music Orchestra at the King’s Theatre in Brooklyn, a solo performance at Wesleyan University, and a concert at Trinity Episcopal Church in Staunton, VA.
In addition to using the uilleann pipes as a sound source in realizations of contemporary music, he has also studied the traditional music of pipers Seamus Ennis, Tommy Reck, Leo Rowsome, Patsy Touhey, and others. He currently is a traditional music instructor at the Irish Arts Center in Manhattan.


Programmed by Raul Benitez

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