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Neil Leonard

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Neil Leonard is an artist, saxophonist and composer. Recent installations explore how global trade impacts our listening. His compositions were featured by documenta, Carnegie Hall, Whitney Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Roulette, Experimental Intermedia Foundation, Issue Project Room. Leonard performed and recorded with Terence Blanchard, Richard Devine, Vijay Iyer, Phill Niblock, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Scanner, Stephen Vitiello, Hal Wilner and Amnon Wolman. Leonard created multimedia works with Magdalena Campos, Fujiko Nakaya and Tony Oursler. 

Home on the 4th

“Home on the 4th” was written during a period of social turmoil, a global pandemic, and personal reflection. It consists of five real-time, audio-visual improvisations. This piece was completed on the 4th of July, 2020.

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Bar Matanzas @documenta14

Bar Matanzas opening concert @documenta14, June 17, 2017
Neil Leonard – saxophone/electronics
Muñequitos de Matanzas – percussion
Bar Matanzas is an intervention by Neil Leonard and Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons and that unpacks the design, beverage, and culinary culture of Matanzas, Cuba. The inaugural program included music by Leonard with the iconic rumba group Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, who celebrate their 65th anniversary in 9 open air concerts.

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Lavender Ruins

Fujiko Nakaya – fog
Shiro Takatani – light
Neil Leonard – sound

Overlook Shelter Ruins at Franklin Park
900 mist nozzles, 38 LED lights, 4 waterproof speakers.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
7pm and 8pm in August, 2018
6pm and 7pm in September, 2018
5pm and 6pm in October, 2018

Lavender Ruins is a sound composition for Fog Ruins, Fujiko Nakaya’s fog sculpture on exhibit at Franklin Park, Boston.

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NewMusicBox Articles

NewMusicBox October 16 2018 | By Neil Leonard
Sound, Architecture II: Fog, Ruins, and Ellington

Creating sound for a large outdoor installation had been a dream of Neil Leonard's for years. But when the opportunity finally arrived, it was filled with a list of elements...

NewMusicBox September 25 2018 | By Neil Leonard
Sound, Architecture, and Necromancy

Neil Leonard is drawn to exploring sound in unusual architectural spaces—locations he finds by accident, through recommendations from friends, and by searching for sites with peculiar histories. This week he...

NewMusicBox September 18 2018 | By Neil Leonard
Sonic Cartography II: Questions of Scale

Neil Leonard sought to express something of the wonder he felt, not just experiencing new sounds on site, but also learning the context in which those sounds exist. It led...

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