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Performance: Ritual Objects, Central Sounds

July 14, 2016
Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room
Free with museum admission; registration required

Using archaic, contemporary, and invented instruments, artist Aurelio leads an immersive and participatory sonic ceremony recalling the journeys taken by objects featured in Vanishing Beauty: Asian Jewelry and Ritual Objects from the Barbara and David Kipper Collection.

He is joined by Chicago sound artist Eric Leonardson who performs a selection of recorded sounds from the Chicago area, highlighting the journey's end in this sonic collaboration. 

About the Artists:
Aurelio is a musician, educator, ethno-musicologist, researcher, sound designer, and sound healer. Through his extensive travels and studies all around the world, Aurelio has become a noted pioneer in the development and manufacture of innovative musical instruments, whether it be simple inviting instruments for beginners, or instruments specially designed for use in sound healing. He is the Creative Director of SVARAM Musical Instruments, Vocational Training and Research Station. 

Eric Leonardson, a Chicago-based audio artist, serves as the executive director of the World Listening Project, founder and co-chair of the Midwest Society for Acoustic Ecology, and president of the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology. He is adjunct associate professor in the Department of Sound at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Leonardson performs internationally with the Springboard, a self-built instrument made in 1994 and often presents on acoustic ecology to new audiences. In 2016, he is one of two artists selected by the Chicago Park District and Trust for Public Land as The 606 Open AIR (Artist in Residence).

Watch a performance by Aurelio.