Friz + Leonardson, Wright + Drury, NYSAE

May 31, 2007: 7pm- 11pm
The Tank

279 Church St. | Manhattan, NY

A night of free radio and free music: free103point9 transmission artist Anna Friz favours instruments that breathe and oscillate; employing accordion, concertina, harmonica, theremin, radio samples, ambient field recordings, and voice to conjure unusual sonic spaces. For Chicago sound artist Eric Leonardson instruments lie in the detritus of everyday life. He employs a self-made instrument that he calls the Springboard, an electroacoustic percussion instrument made from inexpensive and readily available materials. Joining them will be a duo with legendary saxophonist Jack Wright and percussionist Andrew Drury. Members of the NYSAE, Edmund Mooney, Andrea William and Andrea Callard will play field recordings. Performances will be streamed live on free103point9 Online Radio.

Co-hosted by The New York Society for Acoustic Ecology (NYSAE), a membership organization dedicated to exploring and promoting public dialog concerning sound in NYC, free103point9 is a nonprofit arts organization focused on establishing and cultivating the genre Transmission Arts by promoting artists who explore ideas around transmission as a medium for creative expression. Anna Friz and Eric Leonardson

ANNA FRIZ is a sound and radio artist who divides her time between Montreal and Toronto. Since 1998 she has predominantly created self-reflexive radio art for broadcast, installation or performance, where radio is the source, subject, and medium of the work. She also employs instruments and electronics to create dynamic, atmospheric works equally able to reflect upon public media culture or to reveal interior landscapes. Anna is a free103point9 transmission artists. ERIC LEONARDSON has been performing in Chicago since 1982. He creates sound for theater, film, and live performance with an invented instrument he calls the Springboard. Leonardson's work has been described as "...ritualistic music, electronically synthesized industrial vibrations miraculously created with ordinary household objects...."—Carol Burbank, Chicago Reader

Jack Wright and Andrew Drury
JACK WRIGHT has been a bold saxophonist, originally focused on free jazz and now largely using the instrument simply to create sound. Either on tour or organizing the next one, he has played in virtually every venue available to experimental improvised music in the US, and many in Europe as well. In 1982 he began Spring Garden Music as a vehicle for organizing an improvisational music community, and he currently plays with about fifty partners in Europe and the US. As a musical explorer his music ranges widely in vocabulary, depending on the situation and partners, yet always somehow identifiable as his own. These days he is playing mostly alto and soprano saxophones, in every possible direction, sometimes even recognizable as such. He lives in Easton, which enables him to commute easily to NYC and Phila. He is also increasingly active in Europe, touring both sides of the Atlantic with European musicians. He has released 35 recordings, samples of which are available at his website:

ANDREW DRURY percussion