cheryl e. leonard - selected works

2017
CONFLUENCES, art/music installation about extreme high sea level events comprised of glass and driftwood instruments, field recordings of shorelines threatened by sea level rise, and sounds from stones and kelp flutes - Weather on Steroids: The Art of Climate Change Science Exhibition, La Jolla Historical Society Wisteria Cottage Gallery, La Jolla, CA; San Diego Central Library Gallery, San Diego, CA

RESPIRARE LIGNO, for amplified driftwood - on This Music Plants Trees 2, from Aural Films

2011 - 2017
ADFREEZE PROJECT,
a series of multidisciplinary installations and live performances (including MONACOBREEN, ICELINE, MOFFEN, and GLUGGE) which portray the Svalbard region of the Arctic, a collaboration with visual artist Oona Stern
- Augustana College, Rock Island, IL; University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL; David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA; Outsound New Music Summit, San Francisco, CA; New Music Festival, California State University Fullerton; University of Colorado, Boulder; Shapeshifter Cinema, Oakland, CA; Soundwave 6 Festival, San Francisco, CA; University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA; BYTE Gallery International Exhibition, Studio 300 Digital Art and Music Festival, Lexington, KY; Insomnia Festival of Future Music and Technology, Kurant Gallery, Tromsø, Norway

2009 - 2017
ANTARCTICA: MUSIC FROM THE ICE
, a set of ten compositions (LULLABY FOR E SEALS, GREATER THAN 20 KNOTS, BRASH ICE, ROOKERIE, POINT EIGHT ICE, WHITE ON WHITE, ABLATION ZONE, MELTWATER, OCEANUS MERIDIEM, and SOUTHERN OCEAN) for natural materials and field recordings from the Antarctic Peninsula - Augustana College, Rock Island, IL;University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL;David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA;Sound Transitions Festival, Université Paris 8 - Saint-Denis, France; Balance Unbalance Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; University of Colorado, Boulder; Shapeshifter Cinema, Oakland, CA; San Francisco Tape Music Festival; Emerald Tablet, San Francisco, CA; University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA; Sabaco Music & Cafe, Tokyo; Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, CA; California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, CA; IceFest, Christchurch, New Zealand; Fort Collins Museum of Art and Fort Collins Community College, Fort Collins, CO; Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL; Antarctic Music Festival, Australia National University, Canberra; Soundwave 4 Green Sound Festival, the Lab, San Francisco, CA; Activating the Medium Festival, The Lab, San Francisco, CA; Mills College, Oakland, CA; Djerassi Artists Salon, Monte Sereno, CA; Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2016
THE LONGEST AND SHORTEST DAYS, for kelp flutes and the ringing rocks of Butte, MT

ASTERISMS, for dirt, stones, tree branches, and autumn leaves; commissioned for Hope Mohr Dance's Bridge Project: Ten Artists Respond to Locus - Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, San Francisco, CA

2015 - 2016
THALASSA, four music compositions to accompany visual artworks by Genevieve Swifte - .M Contemporary Gallery, Sydney, Australia; Center for New Music, San Francisco, CA; The Nunnery, San Francisco, CA; School of Art Gallery, Australia National University, Canberra, ACT

2015
FOREST PHRASE, field recordings and photography of eucalypt forests in southeastern Australia, exhibition in collaboration with visual artist Genevieve Swifte - School of Art Gallery, Australia National University, Canberra, ACT
THRESHOLD, Arctic video and sound piece, collaboration with visual artist Genevieve Swifte - University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL;School of Art Gallery, Australia National University, Canberra, ACT; Outsound New Music Summit, San Francisco
FROZEN OVER, for field recordings of frozen lakes, Japanese bowl gongs, shells, and stones, with live video performance by Rebecca Haseltine - Outsound New Music Summit, San Francisco; Re:Sound, Mare Island, Vallejo, CA; Shapeshifters Cinema, Oakland, CA
WATERSHED, for water, shells, sand, kelp, glass, and field recordings, with live video performance by Rebecca Haseltine
- Shapeshifters Cinema, Oakland, CA; Re:Sound, Mare Island, Vallejo, CA; Center for New Music, San Francisco
BODYSCAPE, sound and dance performance, collaboration with composer Luca Forcucci and dancer/choreographer Crystal Sepúlveda - The Lab, San Francisco, CA; Temescal Art Center, Oakland, CA

2014
FORMFIELDS, music for natural-object instruments, created for a live video performance by Angie Eng- Roulette, Brooklyn, NY

2013
ICE RIVER
, for kelp and shell instrument with field recordings - on the CD Hammer, Anvil, Stirrup: People Make Things That Make Sounds, Eh? Records

2012
SILA, Arctic video and sound piece, collaboration with visual artist Genevieve Swifte
- David Brower Center, Berkeley, CA; San Francisco Electronic Music Festival; Museo de Arte Tigre, Argentina; Galeri de Arte Contemporaneo de Xalapa, Mexico; Canberra Museum and Gallery, Canberra, Australia
ERGLINES, a multimedia piece inspired by wind patterns in the desert, a collaboration with The Lumiaks (Angie Eng and Sofi Hémon) - Maison Populaire, Paris, France
POLARNATT, for stones and shells from the Arctic and Antarctic, penguin bones and glass, with field recordings from Spitsbergen - San Francisco Electronic Music Festival; Fort Collins Museum of Art and Fort Collins Community College, Fort Collins, CO; Alameda Public Library, Alameda, CA; Koinonia Experimental Music Festival, Berkeley, CA
PORTHOLES, CD of nine compositions created in collaboration with German improviser/vocalist Anka Draugelates

2011
TRIPLE POINT, for alto saxophone doubling on soprano saxophone, and water/glass instrument, commissioned by Michael Straus - 70.8% Aqua Acoustic Music Festival, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
VIOLA MISOGI NO.1, for viola solo

2010
AERIAL MENAGERIE, for 4 performers on driftwood and eucalyptus bark, commissioned by Kronos Quartet
- Herbst Theatre, San Francisco, CA
CHATTERMARKS: FIELD RECORDINGS FROM PALMER STATION, ANTARCTICA, a CD collection of recordings of wildlife and natural soundscapes from the Antarctic Peninsula
TENDERSWITCH PART I: A DANCE ON THE BRINK OF THE WORLD, created music for an outdoor site-specific performance by Pythia Dance - Jack London Aquatic Center, Oakland, CA
DANSE POUR LES MOUCHES, a collaborative performance with dancers Rajendra Serber and Stephanie Auberville, video artist Bulk Foodveyor, and musician Matt Davidnon - The Garage, San Francisco
QUINCE MISSING, soundtrack for sections of Rajendra Serber's dance film
FLOWN, for piano

2009
TIDES: ESTUARY
, music for shells, mud, sand, water, salt, feathers, wood, marsh reeds, kelp and stones- a collaboration with visual artist Rebecca Haseltine - Western Sky Studios, Berkeley, CA; Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco; Illuminated Corridor at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, Oakland, CA

2008
NÄCHTE,
for two performers on water, sand, stones and field recordings- Mountain Computer Music Festival, University of Montana at Missoula
STRATA, for 16-20 performers playing natural-object instruments on two stages and throughout the venue - Art and Place Site Symposium, University of Montana at Missoula
ADRIAN, for out-of-tune piano
THE PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE, THE CIRCLE OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, soundtracks for video works by Philip Bonner - Artist Studio at San Francisco Recycling and Disposal, Inc.
PORCUPINE BONITA, DOLORES SUGAR HIGH, POMOLOGY, soundtracks for video dance films by Rajendra Serber

2007
HALINITY
, for solo performer on salt, water, shells, glass and kelp - NWEAMO 2007 International Festival of Electro-Acoustic Music, Boulder, CO; Hunter's Point Shipyard Open Studios, San Francisco
MUSIC FOR ROCKS & WATER 8 works (UMI, JIKU, HIMO, ASHIMAME, HIBAKU, SHINDOU, TENCHI and UZUMAKI) for amplified rocks, and sand and water instruments - Exploratorium, San Francisco, Luggage Store Gallery, SF; Placespace Gallery, California College of Arts, SF; Music for People and Thingamajigs Festival, 21 Grand, Oakland; Improv:21 Series, San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum; Palais Ideal Festival, Chico, CA; 2+2 Series, 21 Grand, Oakland, CA

2006
SNOW, for viola, pinecone, and shakuhachi
LINGERING, for viola and Japanese bowl gongs

2005
ZIRAN,
for 3 players on rocks, bones, feathers, water, ice, pinecones, grass, roots, and wood; a series of 5 pieces inspired by Tang Dynasty Chinese wilderness poetry ( - Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA; 21 Grand, Oakland, CA; New Music on the Mountain, The Mountain Theater at Mt. Tamalpais; Field Effects 22 at 964 Natoma, San Francisco

2004
MOUNTAIN KATA, for soprano and stones - Jazz House, Berkeley, CA; 21 Grand, Oakland, CA
HAN SHAN TREE,
site-specific sculpture constructed in an oak tree - Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA
LIGHT PUT CAREFULLY,
for 3 players on: glass, viola & glass, cello & glass - Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco; The Lab, San Francisco

2003
INSTRUMENTS IN TREES, for arboreal materials and strings - The Lab, San Francisco; 964 Natoma, San Francisco; Black Box Theater, Oakland, CA; Engine 27, NY, NY
REQUIEM (If Birds Could Speak They Couldn't Fly), solo piano
GOOD GUY BAD GUY
,
soundtrack for RK Corral's space-western film

2002
FABLE, for tape and boxspring mattress, music for a dance/theater performance by RK Corral - The San Francisco Butoh Festival, Cowell Theater
DONA NOBIS PACEM, for five strings and found metal percussion - Mills College, Oakland, CA


2001
GOOD GUY BAD GUY
, composed and performed music for RK Corral’s interdisciplinary space western live performance- The Lab, San Francisco; Highways, Santa Monica; Sushi Gallery, San Diego

1999
THE UNDERWATER FLYING MACHINE
, an interactive fountain/sculpture/cockpit - Day of Homemade Instruments at Lincoln Center, NY, NY
EENIE MACY AND THE 10 STEP PROGRAM, composed and performed music for RK Corral’s interdisciplinary performance – The Lab, San Francisco; Highways, Santa Monica; Seattle Fringe Festival
BAHINI, for solo cello or solo viola - New Music North, Thunder Bay, Ontario (performed in 2004)

1998
NAKED
, for piano - Noe Valley Ministry, San Francisco, also performed at Mills College, Oakland (1999); Spruce Street Gallery, San Diego (1999); Greenwich House, NYC (1999); Goodspeed Hall, University of Chicago (1999)
SNORKEL, for 4 players of water and clarinets, and tape – The Lab, San Francisco
17,435 FEET, for viola
GRASS, for 10 or more players on blades of grass
SHOES, for 1 performer, 1 stranger, and a pair of shoes
BOXE, for amplified boxspring mattress and tape - Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

1997
TOPOS
, for four players on glass - The Lab, San Francisco, and The Yellow Room, Oakland, also performed at Beyond Baroque Literary Center, Venice, CA (1998), Big Sur Experimental Music Festival, Henry Miller Library (2000)
A HISTORY OF INSECTS, for erhu, viola, cello, bass, and four percussionists - Cell Performance Space, San Francisco

1996
DREAM ABOUT FLYING
, for 14 accordions - Bay Area Awards Show, New Langton Arts, San Francisco; also performed at OPUS 415, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (1998)
THE MAKING-SMASHING MACHINE: A LIVING VESSEL, a sculpture with interactive music, collaboration with Swedish sculptor Anna Hallin - Nexus Gallery, Berkeley; Works Gallery, San Jose; Mills College MFA Exhibition
UNTITLED PIANO PIECE BASED ON A GYPSY FOLK SONG, piano - National Association of Composers, Palo Alto Cultural Center
DANCE BEFORE YOU CALCIFY, for viola, tape and butoh movement, with video by George Robbins - Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States National Conference at Birmingham-Southern College, Birmingham, AL
NETHER, for Bb clarinet and tape processed foghorn sounds - Mills College, Oakland, CA