Cheryl E. Leonard / Blue Crow Singers – Nicole C. Limón, Andrea”YAYA” Porras, Alejandra García , areed 12/2


Doors 7:30pm, $10

Blue Crow Mujers – Palabra, Song, Prayer, Drumming,

Jennifer Andrea “YAYA” Porras y Nicole C. Limón founded “Movimiento Molcajete,” a community arts multi-disciplinary training vehicle and platform for arts education in community based learning. The program provides creative opportunities for women and youth in projects that include live teatro, ritual, poetry, music, photography and art.

An evening of music by Cheryl E. Leonard featuring natural-object instruments and field recordings from remote locales.

Glass shards and pinecones, glaciers, boxspring mattresses, a flock of accordions, circular saw blades, viola, the erhu, hyenas and whales and elk, Cheryl E. Leonard’s music finds its raw materials just about anywhere. From these diverse sources come works that embrace the spectrum of musical possibilities: improvised to composed, acoustic to electronic, diaphanous to bombastic, notes to noise. Over the last decade Cheryl has focused on investigating sounds, structures, and objects from the natural world. Many of her recent works cultivate stones, wood, water, ice, sand, shells, feathers, and bones as musical instruments. Leonard uses microphones to explore the micro-aural worlds contained within her sound sources and develops compositions that highlight the unique voices they contain. Her projects often involve constructing one-of-a-kind sculptural instruments that are played live on stage. She is particularly interested in collaborating across artistic disciplines and developing site-specific works.

Cheryl’s many collaborations with artists from other disciplines include Adfreeze Project with visual artist Oona Stern, Sila with visual artist Genevieve Swifte, Tides:Estuary with visual artist Rebecca Haseltine, and numerous works for dance, film and video. She has created sounds for several exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and, over the past two decades, has played in many experimental music ensembles and noise bands. These days she sometimes performs with Thomas Carnacki and Big City Orchestra.

In addition to her musical endeavors Leonard studies aikido, enjoys rock climbing and mountaineering, and collects pinecones with handles.



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