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Improv:21:
= Playing the Wild: An Informance with Cheryl Leonard

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Item Type: Video Duration: 84 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: ROVA

Moderator Derk Richarson facilitates a session with composer Cheryl Leonard, who talks about her work utilizing materials from nature as musical instruments, and performs several excerpts from longer pieces with her own unique chamber ensemble. Amplifying everything from pine cones, pieces of driftwood, rock, sand, water, and other natural objects, Leonard composes works that are surprisingly textured and full of unusual rhythms. During this program she talks about how she finds or builds her instruments, the type of graphic notation she uses composing her pieces, and the role that improvisation plays in her music.

Musical Selections:  Himo [or other unidentified piece for amplified scraped rocks, from “Music for Rocks & Water”] (2007) (5:20) -- [unidentified piece for rolling rocks from “Music for Rocks & Water”] (2007) (4:05) -- Umi (“Ocean”), for sand and beach rocks [from “Music for Rocks & Water”] (2007) (4:08) -- Mongol Falcon, for feather and bowed wood [from “Ziran”] (2005) (3:38) -- Idle Clouds, for amplified rocks [from “Ziran”] (2005) (5:46) -- [an improvisation with sand instruments] (5:29)
Performers:  Cheryl Leonard, amplified objects
A. L. Dentel, amplified objects
Karen Stackpole, amplified objects
Genres:  Avant-Garde; Unconventional Instruments
Subject:  Leonard, Cheryl E.; Unconventional instruments; Avant-garde (Music) ; Found objects (Music) ; Aleatory music; Electronic music
People:  Richardson, Derk; Leonard, Cheryl E.; Dentel, A. L.; Stackpole, Karen
Recording Date:  12/4/2006
 
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