This live music event features Euphotic (Cheryl Leonard + Bryan Day + Tom Djil) plus a solo performance from Peter Whitehead. Doors at 7pm, Music at 7:30pm.Refreshments will be available for purchase.
This show is part of the gallery exhibit Spirit of Invention III. The exhibit includes all types of instruments created by a diverse group of instrument builders based in and around the Bay Area. All types of instrument will be represented – from the simple, quick to make, to more sophisticated hand-crafted designs, new variations on folk instruments, recycled junk constructions, re-configured pianos, electro- acoustic sound sculptures and electronics. The Gallery will be open during the show. You may also visit from 9am to 5pm daily. For more information on this exhibit visit www.bridgestorage.com/soi
Euphotic brings together three seasoned sonic experimenters, each with a unique approach – put in simple terms – natural, physical, and imaginary. Natural – bones, driftwood, stones, sand, wind and water; physical – gravity, friction, resonance, kinetic forces; imaginary – technological circuitry making hitherto imaginary sounds real via plotted electricity.
Cheryl E. Leonard is an auditory explorer in a quite literal sense — she’s brought back aural artifacts from Antarctica, Svalbard, and Australia, among other places. She collects field recordings from these far-flung locales as well as sticks, stones, bones, shells, leaves, and sand. Using these materials as musical instruments she re-casts her experiences for new audiences.
Bryan Day builds instruments that exploit physical forces like gravity, friction, resonance and kineticism. These constructions often take fantastical forms and emit sounds that confound expectations based on their visual configurations, eliciting delight. Bryan assembles collections of these sonic sculptures according to the needs of the performance at hand.
Tom Djll never lost his interest in electronically generated sounds since working with Buchla, Moog and Serge electronic instruments at Mills College. Using modular synthesizers patched into complex systems, he creates swarms of multicellular critters that fill the air and surround the listener, motivating psychic transportations.
ABOUT PETER WHITEHEAD
Peter Whitehead (Curator) is a composer, songwriter, performer and instrument builder. As well as being a solo performer and recording artist, Peter frequently collaborates with other musicians and performers on a variety of both live and recorded projects. WATCH https://www.exploratorium.edu/video/afternoon-peter-whitehead