Documenting Ecosystems: Soundscapes and Percussion Composition

March 29, 2018
5:00-9:00 PM
International House, Assembly Hall
1414 E 59th Street, Chicago IL 60637

Join the International House Global Voices Performing Arts & Lecture Series for a lecture and performance by Lisa Schonberg and the Secret Drum Band. Lisa Schonberg is a composer and percussionist with a background in ecology and entomology. Her practice uses field recording, writing, and music composition to document and bring more attention to topics concerning ecology, endangered species, and threatened habitats, often through multimedia collaborations. Her recent work includes investigations about the endangered native Hawaiian bees, logging in Mount Hood National Forest, and acoustic ecology and ants in Amazonia. Most of her composition work is performed by her percussion and noise ensemble, Secret Drum Band. Through her work she has collaborated with entomologists and is continually pursuing new ways to build connections between practitioners in art, music and ecology.

In this lecture, Lisa will discuss her background, the intention and context of her work, and share documentation and audio samples to outline her creative process. Lisa's lecture will be followed by an opportunity for discussion and a performance by Secret Drum Band. Secret Drum Band's performance will feature musicians Zanny Geffel, Allan Wilson, Anthony Brisson, and Sam Humans, and videos by Jodie Cavalier, Leif Lee, Jodi Darby, and Seth Nehil. This concert is part of their 2018 National Tour.

Find out more about Lisa and the Secret Drum Band here.

Event Schedule

5:00pm: Doors open, reception and exhibitions begin
6:00pm: Lecture and multimedia presentation
6:45pm: Q&A Session
7:00pm: Intermission
7:30pm: Performance

This program is free and open to the public.

Presented by the International House Global Voices Program, the Program on the Global Environment, the Arts Science + Culture Initiative, the Phoenix Sustainability Initiative, and the Frizell Speaker and Learning Series. This program is made possible in part by the generous support of Bart Lazar, AB '82.