Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Giuliano Perin Project at Rubano Art Festival

Three days of music, dance and Theater. Photos courtesy of Giuseppe Favero.

Giuliano Perin - composer, viberphonist, director, put together this group featuring the finest jazz musicians in northern Italy.

Neil Leonard

Maurizio Scomparin

Marcello Tonolo

Massimo Chiarella

Giuliano Perin Interaction Ensemble at Spazio Tindici

Photos courtesy of Luca Buti

Our percussionist, 19 year old Giovanni Perin, a rising star on the European jazz scene.

The concert coincided with an exhibition of Photos by Luca Buti and paintings by Giancarlo Cazzaniga. The Veneto area television news network RAI3 covered the event.

Jazzing Everything
07/07/07 ore 21:30

Le “facce del Jazz” a Padova

SPAZIOTINDACI, in collaborazione con LA SPIRALE 2000, crea un evento unico per mostrare il jazz da differenti prospettive: la pittura di Giancarlo Cazzaniga, la fotografia di Luca Buti, la musica jazz dal vivo di Giuliano Perin , Neil Leonard, Giovanni Perin, Franco Lion . Attraverso un’esposizione di pittura, una di fotografia ed una performance musicale di “interaction ensamble” SPAZIOTINDACI offre alla città l’opportunità di incontrare le poliedriche “facce del jazz” e di conoscerne gli aspetti più originali e inediti.

Giuliano Perin Project at Porsche Jazz Festival/Caffe Pedrocchi

In 2006 I taught in Padova at the Università degli Studi di Padova and the C. Pollini Conservatory. During this time, I met viberphonist/composer Giuliano Perin, who I have performed with ever since. This summer we celebrated the release of Perin's CD "Passion and Reason" that features Dave Samuels (marimba), myself (soprano and alto sax) and Italy's finest: Perin (vibes), Maurizio Scomparin (trumpet), Marcello Tonolo (piano), Luciano Milanese (bass), Massimo Chiarella (drums).

Caffè Pedrocchi
Padova Jazz
Caligola Records

One of the oldest and most important jazz clubs in Italy

Photo courtesy of Gabriella Piccolo

After the concert.

Pop-Eye Festival, La Spezia

Neil Leonard and Pierce Warnecke

Anthony Baldino and Jess Hewitt

Pop-Eye festival in Giardini Centro Allende, La Spezia.

Anthony Baldino, Jess Hewitt and Pierce Warnecke are recent grads of the Music Synthesis program at Berklee College of Music.

Pop-Eye Festival
Jess Hewitt
Pierce Warnecke

Berklee Grads featured in the Pop-Eye Festival, La Spezia

La Marrana

I first went to Italy in 2001 to present work with Magdalena Campos-Pons at La Biennale di Venezia. At the opening we met Gianni and Grazie Bolongaro who commissioned us to create “Interiorità o Luna sulla collina” a permanent work for La Marrana (2003).

This year Gianni and Grazie Bolongaro asked me to select a group of sound works to present during the "Garden for Life" fund raiser for the Breast Health Institute. I chose works by Gary Chang, Anthony Baldino, Jess Hewitt and Pierce Warnecke. The following day La Marrana featured works by visual artists Claudio Losi and Hamish Fulton and hosted an artists talk with Giacinto Di Pietrantonio and Angela Vettese.

Ann Chang, Jess Hewitt, Anthony Baldino, Daria Trevisan, Neil Leonard, Gary Chang, Pierce Warnecke, Arthur Chang. Anthony, Jess and Pierce are graduates of Berklee College of Music. Daria attended my Site Specific Sound Installation and Performance Seminar at Università degli Studi di Padova and C. Pollini Conservatory (2006).

Anthony, Jess and Pierce were a huge hit everywhere we played.

Undicesimo Festival of Chiusdino, Abbazia di San Galgano, Siena

Carlo Fatigoni, Director Sguardi Sonori chose this Templar church for the sound installations by Leonard and Chang. Other events included a concert by Franco Battiato and a performance of Verdi's Rigoletto.

Sguardi Sonori 2007 at Isolda of San Servolo, Venice

In the early 8th century San Servolo hosted a Benedictine Monastry that was converted to a Hospital around the mid-eighteenth century. The island is about 1/2 a kilometer from the main site of the Venice Biennale, that was happening concurrently. Massimo Ongaro/ Teatro Fondamenta Nuove was our host.

Sguardi Sonori 2007
Isolda di San Servolo
Teatro Fondamenta Nuove
La Biennale di Venezia

A view of San Servolo

Setting up in the courtyard in front of Chiesa di Santo Spirito.

Performing Echoes and Footsteps in front of the church. Photo by Marilena Vita

Consulting with Phill Niblock before performing his work.

June 26, 20:00
Neil Leonard
Amnon Wolman
Phill Niblock & Katherine Liberovskaya
Pamela Z
A set by graduates of the Music Synthesis program of Berklee College of Music:
Anthony Baldino
Jess Hewitt
Pierce Warnecke

June 27, 20:00
Patrizia Mattioli
Duprass (Ido Govrin & Liora Bedford)
Steve Piccolo & Gak Sato
Cardiotest con Fathi Hassan, Alessandro Pintus e Morena Tamborrino
Mauro Sambo & Ignazio Lago
John Duncan
Dj set Obo Music

Sguardi Sonori 2007 in Benevento

At Benevento I presented sound works by Gary Chang and myself Chiesa di San Bartolemeo. We brought a Blue Sky Dolby 5.1 surround system for playback.

Later in the evening I performed at the Futurity Festival.

Pierce Warnecke, graduate of the Music Synthesis program at Berklee College of Music

Jess Hewitt and Anthony Baldino, graduates of the Music Synthesis program at Berklee College of Music

Sguardi Sonori 2007 at Auditorium di Roma, Parco della Musica

Sguardi Sonori 2007 began on June 20th with a concert at the Auditorium di Roma, Parco della Musica. This center for music designed by renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano who designed the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris with Richard Rogers.

Neil Leonard performing Echoes and Footsteps with video by Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons

On stage after the performance Olivia Block, Neil Leonard, Pamela Z, Stephen Piccolo, Gak Sato.

Back stage with artist, organizer and friend Carlo Fatigoni.
Date: June 20
City: Rome, Italy
Venue: Auditorium Parco Della Musica, Teatro Studio, Roma
Concert works by Neil Leonard, Olivia Block, Pamela Z, 
Steve Piccolo & Gak Sato
 and a sound installation by Gary Chang.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Portovenere, Chiesa San Lorenzo


Chiesa San Lorenzo is the first site where Echos and Footsteps was presented as well as works by film composer Gary Chang.

This is the view from the courtyard: Chiesa di San Pietro.

Housing in La Spezia, Aeronautica Militare

I brought a group of five musicians and their families to La Spezia. The Aeronautica Militare housed us and hosted a workshop in sound art. Gianni and Grazie Bolongaro of La Marrana di Montemarcello and Giorgio Bendinelli of the Associazione Amici del Centro Arte Moderna e Contemporanea (CAMeC) helped coordinate events.

This was our first stop on the tour.

The view of the bay of La Spezia from the officers club.

Berklee graduates arriving at Comando Corso (the center for aeronautical instruction) to prepare concerts. "3,600 kilometeri in un pullman e siamo ancora amici!" - Three extraordinary people.

The van playlist:
1. Mina, Minantologia.
2. Miles Davis, The Cellar Door Sessions 1970

Favorite side-trip:
Hopping the fence of the Tarquinian necropolis at dusk.

Neil Leonard/Kenwood Dennard Duo @ Boston Cyberarts Festival/Cloud Foundation

Cloud Foundation presents
Neil Leonard and Kenwood Dennard with students from Berklee
Saturday May 5, 2:00 PM

Together, Leonard (winds) and Dennard (percussion) jam with software that tracks their performance and improvises linear illuminations, harmonic tapestries and poly-algorythmik-acuzmatic beats. Leonard’s ensemble has featured Marshall Allen(Director of the Sun Ra Arkestra), Bruce Barth, Don Byron, Robin Eubanks, Frank Lacy, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, and Uri Caine. Leonard’s ‘Dreaming of an Island’ was premiered by the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra. Kenwood Dennard has recorded with Quincy Jones, Miles Davis, Sting, Jaco Pastorius and Maceo Parker.

The opening set will featured works by Anthony Baldino, Joe
Branciforte, Julia Campbell and Pierce Warnecke of Berklee’s Music
Synthesis program.

This event was part of CyberArtCentral for Youths at Cloud Place and
co-sponsored by the Boston Cyberarts Festival.

Cloud Foundation
647 Boylston St., second floor
Boston, MA 02116

Cloud Foundation
Boston Cyberarts Festival

All photos are courtesy of Joel Veak

Neil Leonard

Kenwood Dennard

Neil Leonard and Kenwood Dennard

Pierce Warnecke

Anthony Baldino

Julia Campbell and Joe Sexton

Joe Branciforte