Serving the San Francisco Bay Area New Music Community

Sat, Jul 13 2024 3:00 PM

San Francisco Public Library, Golden Gate Valley Branch
1801 Green St. San Francisco, CA 94123

Polar Resoundings: Field recordings from Antarctica and the Arctic intertwine with sounds played live on penguin bones, rocks, shells, driftwood, and kelp in a musical performance by Cheryl E. Leonard. Having witnessed firsthand the wonder and beauty of both polar regions, as well as rapid changes to their environments and ecosystems, Leonard presents a suite of compositions about the ends of our Earth. Informed by scientific research, her music showcases unique sounds from ice, wildlife, and weather, and shares stories from the transforming soundscapes of Svalbard and the Antarctic Peninsula.

Cheryl E. Leonard is a composer, performer, field recordist, and instrument builder whose works investigate natural sites and ecosystems, and human relationships to them. She uses microphones and amplification to explore sonic intricacies, highlighting unusual voices and soundscapes while addressing environmental issues. Her projects feature sculptural natural-object instruments and recordings from remote locales.

SFPL Golden Gate Valley branch is located in the Pacific Heights neighborhood, between Laguna and Octavia streets.

Cost: Free