Neil Leonard

Arthur Levitt, Jr. '52 Artist-in-Residence
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Bernhard Music Center

Education

M.M. New England Conservatory of Music (2001)

Courses

Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

Biography

Neil Leonard works as a sound artist, saxophonist and composer. Recent concerts were presented by documenta 14 (Germany), Tectonic Festival (Israel), Tate Modern (UK), Moscow Autumn (Russia), Jazz Plaza International Festival (Cuba), Experimental Intermedia Foundation (USA).  Leonard performed and recorded with Terence Blanchard, Juan Blanco, Joanne Brackeen, Alvin Curran, Richard Devine, Vijay Iyer, Phill Niblock, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner), Stephen Vitiello, Hal Wilner and Amnon Wolman.

Leonard’s work with visual artist Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons spans twenty-nine years. Their performance, film, video and installations were featured by documenta 14, 11 Havana Bienal (Cuba), 49th and 55th Venice Biennale (Italy), Smithsonian Museum National Portrait Gallery (USA), Guggenheim Museum (USA), MoMA NYC (USA). Leonard composed the music for Relatives, by Tony Oursler and Constance DeJong that was presented by the Whitney Biennial. Leonard’s sound composition “Lavender Ruins” was commissioned by Fujiko Nakaya for her fog installation Fog Ruins, Franklin Park, Boston.

Leonard’s latest album is Matanzas (2017) a 12” vinyl disk published by Akoh created while he was a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Fellow in Captiva, Florida. Leonard is the Artistic Director of the Interdisciplinary Arts Institute, at Berklee College of Music. For further information see neilleonard.com