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Sunday, March 29 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
Lunchtime Concert: Sonic Reckonings

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Sonic Reckonings is a 60-minute concert of contemporary music about Antarctica. As the only continent that is governed by a treaty between nations, Antarctica is both a space of scientific and creative inquiry, a source of inspiration and forecast for the late Holocene. The program combines live performances by Doug Quin and Jay Needham, as well as a selection of outstanding works for tape by some of the world’s leading “polar” sound artists, including Philip Samartzis, Lawrence English, and Cheryl Leonard. An essay about these works by music theorist and musicologist Dr. Carolyn Philpott can be found in the Organised Sound Journal. She has a particular interest in musical responses to Antarctica and she regularly contributes to the Bachelor of Antarctic Studies program offered through the University of Tasmania’s Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS).

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Cheryl Leonard

Cheryl E. Leonard is a composer, performer, and instrument builder whose works investigate sounds, structures, and objects from the natural world. Her projects reveal and highlight unique sounds and timbres, often featuring amplified natural-object instruments and field recordings... Read More →


Lawrence English

Lawrence English is composer, media artist and curator based in Australia. Working across an array of aesthetic investigations, English’s work explores the politics of perception and prompts questions of field, perception and memory. English utilises a variety of approaches, including... Read More →

Jay Needham

Jay Needham is a sound artist, electro-acoustic composer, teacher, and scholar. He utilizes multiple creative platforms and his works often have a focus on recorded sound, archives, and the interpretation of artifacts. His sound art, works for radio, and visual art have appeared... Read More →

Douglas Quin

Described by the Washington Post as “the Audubon of audio,” Douglas Quin is a sound designer, naturalist, public radio commentator, educator, and music composer. For nearly 30 years, Quin has traveled widely, documenting the natural soundscape—from Antarctic ice to Arctic... Read More →

Sunday March 29, 2015 12:15pm - 1:15pm MST
Stauffer B111 950 S. Forest Mall Tempe, AZ 85281

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