Norman W. Long will present a live version of his piece, Neighborhood Listening Garden, a 2 speaker sound-system and native plant garden installed at the Jeffery Manor Public Library’s Reading Garden in South Deering Community Area in Chicago, IL.
The South Deering community area is a former steel industrial area located on the south east side of Chicago and is home to majority Black and Latinx residents. It was the home of Wisconsin Steel Works, South Works (US Steel), Iroquois Steel and Republic Steel.
For this performance Norman will perform and improvise with his recordings from Buchla 100 and 200e synthesizers from Elektronmusikstudion EMS in Stockholm, Sweden, and local Neighborhoods and parks in the Chicago community of South Deering. The garden and composition provides a space for reflection, an alternate mapping of the southeast side of Chicago, inquiry (what does a black/brown community sound like?), ecological restoration and resilience in the face of community disinvestment.
Norman W. Long’s practice involves walking, listening, improvising, performing, recording and composing to create environments and situations in which he and the audience are engaged in dialogues about memory space, value, silence and the invisible. Norman finds inspiration in the Creative Music and electric imaginations of The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Sun Ra, Pauline Oliveros, Phuture, Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi, Hildegard Westercamp and King Tubby. Norman Long has performed and exhibited at the Hyde Park Art Center, Experimental Sound Studio, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Links Hall, Elastic, Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago Cultural Center and 2017 PRIZM Art Fair (Miami). Norman performs with Angel Bat Dawid and the Brothahood and has performed with Damon Locks, Standing On the Corner, Cher Jey, Sara Zalek, Cristal Sabbagh, Dan Bitney and Todd Carter. Norman has received 3Arts Award for Visual Art in 2011, 3Arts Djerassi (Woodside, CA) Artists Residency Fellowship in 2014, BOLT Artist in Residence at the Chicago Artists Coalition in 2014-2015, 3Arts Fellowship for AS220 (Providence, RI) 2017 Artist in Residence program, Three Walls RaD Lab and Outside the walls Fellow for 2017-2019 and Guest Composer at EMS Elektronmusikstudion, Stockholm, Sweden made possible in part by the City of Chicago’s DCASE grant.
Norman W. Long was recently featured in Newcity as one of the top 50 artists in Chicago! https://art.newcity.com/…/art-50-2020-chicagos-artists…/
This event will take place outdoors on the side yard of Compound Yellow, #244 Lake Street. Please wear masks, social distance seating for up to 30 people safely is available, please RSVP as space is limited!