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Re:Sound Changing Landscapes

  • River Bank 332 Georgia Street Vallejo, CA, 94590 United States (map)

In partnership with the US Forest Service, we present our first concert at a new venue, River Bank. River Bank is a downtown Vallejo landmark with a 3,840 square foot main performance area and 30-foot ceilings. Original fixtures from the building’s days as a working bank, including the vault, remain intact.

As part of the festival Re:Sound will present a lecture and concert on September 9th from 4pm-6:30 at the River Bank.

Artists include:

 David Dunn

 Cheryl Leonard

 Jorge Bachmann, Jen Boyd and Kevin Corcoran.

Re:Sound is a project of 23five

Doors at 3:30pm, Sound at 4:00
$10 suggested donation

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Renowned composer, theorist, sound engineer, professor, speaker, researcher and current director of the Art and Science Laboratory, David Dunn is also the recipient of several awards. In 1999, this conceptual artist's CD-ROM Music, Language, and Environment: A Thirty Year Retrospective (IML) brought together his texts, musical scores, sounds and images. The indispensable catalogue Eigenwelt Der Apparatewelt (Ars Electronica, 1992)(1)was also created under his leadership. Like artists Robert Smithson and Michael Heizer, who left galleries and museums behind and explored the intersection between art and nature by producing monumental works known as Land Art, Dunn made his reputation when he left the recording studio for the natural world, to experiment with new sound and musical forms. In 1973, for example, he traveled with three trumpet players to the Grand Canyon, where they improvised over a three-day period with the spatial acoustics of rock formations and animals in the Canyon. He is a pioneer of what is now called "environmental music." At the heart of such research lies the question: can environmental sounds be considered music? He has since prepared numerous in situ performances, installations, soundtracks and radio programs, all while pursuing his bio-acoustical research.

Cheryl Leonard

Cheryl Leonard

Glass shards and pinecones, glaciers, boxspring mattresses, a flock of accordions, circular saw blades, viola, the erhu, hyenas and whales and elk, Cheryl E. Leonard’s music finds its raw materials just about anywhere. From these diverse sources come works that embrace the spectrum of musical possibilities: improvised to composed, acoustic to electronic, diaphanous to bombastic, notes to noise. Over the last decade Cheryl has focused on investigating sounds, structures, and objects from the natural world. Many of her recent works cultivate stones, wood, water, ice, sand, shells, feathers, and bones as musical instruments. Leonard uses microphones to explore the micro-aural worlds contained within her sound sources and develops compositions that highlight the unique voices they contain. Her projects often involve constructing one-of-a-kind sculptural instruments that are played live on stage. She is particularly interested in collaborating across artistic disciplines and developing site-specific works.

Cheryl holds a BA from Hampshire College and an MA from Mills College, both in music composition. She studied composition and electronic music with Alvin Curran, Chris Brown, George Lewis, Frederic Rzewski, Laeticia Sonami, Salvatore Macchia, and Alan Bonde; and performance art with Moira Roth, Carole E. Schneemann, and Betsy Damon.


Jorge Bachmann is a photo-based, multimedia and sound artist. He has collected field recordings exploring the strange, unique, and microcosmic sounds of everyday life. He creates sound atmospheres meant for deep listening and often composed in symbiosis with sculptural installations exploring social and sensual constructs and experiences. Bachmann has exhibited and performed in North America, Europe, Japan, and South America – including appearances at the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival and projects with the MoBu Dance Group. He has also been the Technical Director and Resident Artist of San Francisco’s Sound Wave Festival since 2005.

Jen Boyd is a sound artist and curator based in Northern California who works with field recordings of the natural world, forgotten spaces, and the environment. She received degrees from CalArts and Mills College in composition and recording media. Jen continues to spark the interest in people of all ages to listen to the environment they live in everyday. 

Kevin Corcoran works with environmental recordings, feedback systems and cassette tapes. These sounds are often combined with percussion in his performances where displaced environmental sounds provide a temporary acoustic identity of the space, and layers of past actions join the present moment of sound-making. After earning a degree in Technocultural Studies from the University of California at Davis where he studied sonic arts and media theory he relocated to San Francisco where he currently lives and works.

Thank you to Steve Dunsky, the Forest Service and the Riverbank for sharing this space. 

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