Tuesday, January 10, 2012

News and Events for Spring 2012

Friday, January 13, 2012, 10:00 PM
Lilly Pad
David Maxwell's OutTakes Unlimited

David Maxwell - piano
Phil Grenadier - trumpet
Neil Leonard - saxophones

The Lily Pad
1353 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139-1340


Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Casa Las Americas, Havana, Cuba
"Rito de Iniciación/Rite of Initiation" video screening

I contributed music/sound to María Magdalena Campos-Pons' tour-de-force video "Rito de Iniciación/Rite of Initiation," created at the Western Front, Vancouver. This video was recently screened at the Smithsonian Institute Museum of African Art.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 8:15 PM
Berklee Performance Center

Los Hermanos Arangos
Direct from Havana Cuba

Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston MA 02115

Los Hermanos Arangos is an ensemble from Guanabacoa, Cuba where Yoruba, Abakua and other African traditions are preserved in their most authentic form in the Americas. The Arangos are the only Cuban band to use completely unaltered Afrocuban ritual voice/hand drumming as the basis for a modern repertoire that integrates electric bass, keyboards, brass/winds (no drumset). Leaders, Feliciano and Eugenio Arango are the top-call percussionist/bassist in Cuba and toured with Chucho Valdes, Afrocuban All-Stars, N.G. La Banda, Pablo Milanes, Emiliano Salvador.


Thursday and Friday, March 8 & 9, 2012, 11:30am – 1:30pm
Isabel Stewart Gardner Museum
Ana Prvacki - "Wandering Band"

Performance to celebrate the opening of the New Wing of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, designed by Italy's premiere Architect, Renzo Piano.

The "Wandering Band" is a performance of musicians wandering freely through the Gardner Museum. Conceived by artist Ana Prvacki, the Wandering Band artists will perform their daily practice of exercises, repertoire and improvisation while strolling through the galleries.

Isabel Stewart Gardner Museum
280 Fenway
Boston, MA 02115


March 19-24, 2012
Performances in Shanghai, China
Details TBA


Thursday, April 5, 2012, 8PM
Phill Niblock
New England Conservatory

Performances of music by Phill Niblock with Neil Leonard on saxophones and clarinets.

Brown Hall at the New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


Sunday, April 29, 2012
Williams College
Location and time - TBA

Interactive-electroacoustic compositions/performances by Ileana Perez Velazquez, Sam Pluta, Kathryn Alexander, Juraj Kos, Jeff Roberts and Neil Leonard


May 11 - June 11, 2012
Wilfredo Lam Center
Havana Bienial

"FeFa" - performance/installation with Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons


My latest CD, Marcel's Window is now available at CDBaby and on iTunes:

Online videos of release concerts in Philadelphia and Cuba can be found at:


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