Music: Cheryl Leonard
Dance: Alberto Denis
Cheryl Leonard is a composer, performer and instrument builder. Her works explore quiet phenomena and the intricacies of sound. Recently she has focused on making music with found natural materials. Cheryl received her MA from Mills College and has been awarded grants from the American Composers Forum and Meet the Composer. Her work is featured in the documentary film Noisy People. Ashi is the Japanese word for foot, pace, or gait. All sounds were made by wobbling amplified pieces of granite and volcanic tuff. Stones were gently nudged into motion, then allowed to settle back to a state of rest.
Alberto Denis recently created the Queens Academy of Arts & Dance = [QuAAD]. He has performed for Arthur Aviles for the past five years and independently for Palissimo Dance Theater, Dixie Fun Dance Theater, Doug Elkinsâ ãFraulein Mariaä, Heidi Latsky Dance, Lawrence Goldhuber, Luis Lara Malvacias, Marta Renzi, and Christopher Williamsâ ãGolden Legendä at DTW in May 2009. His choreography has been produced at Danspace Projectâs Food For Thought, Dixon Placeâs Body Blend and Moving Men, BAAD!âs Boogie Down Dance Series and Out Like That Festival and Kinetics Dance Theater, Baltimore MD. Heâs created sound designs for Alexandra Beller, Richard Rivera, Nathan Trice, Arthur Aviles and Karl Anderson.
Dancer: Alberto Denis