Fable/A History of Insects CD Notes:
FABLE, for computer-processed sounds - primarily from amplified boxspring mattress, but also including icebergs, ducks, elk mating calls, Inuit vocal games, cicadas from a cloud forest in Nepal, traffic, whales and viola.
This electro-acoustic composition portrays a series of elongated moments in a world of acute isolation. Originally created as a soundtrack for a butoh dance performance, the piece explores real and imagined portals in time and space. An aural journey through evolving landscapes: some beautiful, some disturbing, some cryptic, some clear, all intricate and encompassing.
A HISTORY OF INSECTS, for three percussionists, erhu, viola, cello, and contrabass
Felix Macnee- erhu
Cheryl Leonard- viola
Daniella Degrutolla – cello
Ashley Adams – contrabass
Myron Cohen, Rakesh Khanna, Brian S. Pearson – percussion
A children’s book of hexapodan lifecycles, this piece is a composition of insect-like textures with lots of freedom for improvisation by the performers. Recorded live at San Francisco’s Crucible Steel Gallery.
CHERYL E. LEONARD is a composer, performer, improviser and instrument builder. Raw materials for her works can come from just about anywhere and result in pieces that embrace the spectrum of musical possibilities: improvised to composed, acoustic to electronic, diaphanous to bombastic, notes to noise. Many of Leonard’s works explore subtle textures and intricacies of sounds not generally considered musical, and often include the creation of instruments from found natural materials. Her other interests include collaboration across artistic disciplines, and developing site-specific compositions and instruments. In addition to developing her own projects, she has written numerous soundtracks for film, video, dance and theater, and has designed sounds for exhibits at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.
Cheryl holds a BA from Hampshire College and an MA from Mills College. Her music has been performed worldwide, and her compositions for natural-object instruments have been featured on several television programs and in the video documentary "Noisy People." She is the recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, the American Music Center and Meet the Composer. Leonard’s commissions include works for Kronos Quartet, Illuminated Corridor and Michael Straus. She has been awarded residencies at Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Villa Montalvo, the Arctic Circle and Engine 27. Recordings of her music are available from NEXMAP, Unusual Animals, Ubuibi, Pax, Apraxia, 23 Five, The Lab and Great Hoary Marmot Music.