Friday, June 27, 2014

Polar Oceans Multimedia Performance July 12

In just a few short weeks visual artist Oona Stern and I will perform four music/video pieces inspired by the Arctic Ocean and the Southern Ocean in the Soundwave Festival in San Francisco. Two of the pieces, including one about walruses(!), will be world premieres. I'll be making music with amplified sand, rocks, kelp, penguin bones, and oyster shells, some of which are originally from the polar regions. Fabulous musician Phillip Greenlief will be joining me to play some new "Kelpinets" plus other found natural objects. Furthermore we will have a small iceberg on stage.  Don't miss this one!

Please note: Soundwave Festival events sometimes sell out so I recommend buying advance tickets for this show or arriving early on the day of the concert.

8pm, $15 general, $10 students/seniors/underemployed

Intersection for the Arts
925 Mission Street #109
San Francisco, CA 94103

THE ASTONISHING SEA - An audio-visual performance event by Cheryl E. Leonard and Oona Stern, Mem1 and Elia Vargas

Out beyond our sights and minds comes The Astonishing Sea. Special sound and music performances reveal hidden worlds happening on our water planet. Music duo Mem1 performs ‘Mascaret’, featuring one of North America’s few tidal bores where incoming tides travel against the river’s current. Sound artist Cheryl E. Leonard and visual artist Oona Stern with guest musician Philip Greenlief return from ‘The Polar Oceans’ to weave tales with sounds from natural-object instruments including bones, shells, rocks and kelp, interspersing field recordings and videos from the Arctic and Antarctic that reveal alarming climate change; and artist Elia Vargas conjures ‘Liquid Landscapes,’ a performance installation where audiences walk through projected mist and sound that meld the digital and the natural, and water and light, while confronting profound ideas about our future technological ecosystems in comparison to our natural world. Note: Guests are asked to bring a plant, to take part in ‘Liquid Landscapes.’

More info and advance tickets available at