for harp

Naperville Chamber Players presents Music of Local Composers

Sunday, November 20, 2011

4:00 pm

St. Michael's Catholic Church

310 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton IL

Admission: $10/$5 students/seniors

Meet the Composers reception to follow the concert.


for string quartet


Tuesday November 29, 7:00pm.
Showcase Concert for Classical R


The Beetle, Ukrainian Village
2532 W. Chicago Ave. (Free and open to the public)


for electric guitar and tape


Concert Series

University of Illinois at Chicago

November 8

Elbio Barilari Experience (contemporary improvised music)

UIC Department of Theatre and Music

College of Architecture and the Arts

EPASW Bldg. 1040 W. Harrison St. MC-255

Chicago, IL 60607


for flute, clarinet and piano

Ondas Ensemble playing at Preston Bradley Hall,

Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E Washington ST. (3rd floor)


for string quartet

Kaya String Quartet

September 16, 2011 at Fullerton Hall of the Art Institute of Chicago

as part of the 2011 Latino Music Festival.


for electric guitar and tape

I have been working on a piece for electric guitar and tape for a year and a half. I have one 5 and half minute long movement of music for tape based on sounds from an analog synthesiser and an electric guitar part played using an EBow. I intend to ad one or two more movements in the near future.

New Sounds at Katerina’s opens its 2011-12 season on Tuesday, October 25 at 8 pm. These exciting concerts will feature contemporary music ranging from eclectic to experimental. The first concert of the season presents a line-up of music by Canadian composers Brian Current and Omar Daniel, Greek Athanasios Zervas, and Chicagoans Seth Boustead, Tim Edwards, George Flynn, Gustavo Leone, Julia Miller, Thomas Stevens, and Ben Sutherland.

Katerina is located at 1920 W. Irving Park Rd. Chicago, Il 60613.

For reservations call: 773-348-7592: $ 8 cover; $ 4 students.


for string quartet

to Liz Angela Garcia and the Cuarteto Arte Latinoamericano

Based on three scenes from my opera The Leader, Scenes is s piece for string quartet with a duration of 14 minutes. The form of this piece is an A B A in a fast-slow-fast arrangement.

To be recorded by the Cuarteto Arte Latinoamericano at Biblioteca Juan Jose Arango, Concert Hall

Bogota, Colombia September, 2011


A New Musical Realization and Broadcast for Radio by Samuel Beckett

Words and Music, a piece for radio by Samuel Beckett with music by Gustavo Leone

In cooperation with the 2011 Latino Music Festival and funded in part by an Illinois Arts Council grant, WFMT is presenting a live broadcast of this newly realized musical version of one of Beckett’s experimental works from 1962.

This piece will be led by award-wining actor, Don Forston, accompanied by Brian Shaw, and directed by Henry Godinez. Two main characters, “Words” and “Music”, work simultaneously with and against each other in order to produce songs, musical interludes, and lyric poetry. The Spektral String Quartet, under the baton of Philip Morehead, plays the role of “Music” in this hilarious play.

This coming Wednesday August 31st at 4:00 PM on WFMT, 98.7 FM

For streaming go to:

Henry Godinez, Brian Shaw, and Don Forston      Spektral Quartet rehearsing their lines

shaping the piece, 8/30/11                           


Samuel Beckett wrote this piece for radio, Words and Music in 1961. It was recorded and broadcast on the BBC 1962. Music was composed especially by John Beckett, Samuel’s nephew.

In Words and Music, the two characters, Words and Music, are asked by Croak to express given themes: Words by means of the conceptual language of reason, and Music, of course, by the immediate and direct non-representative language of music. The three main themes are 'love', 'age' and 'the face,' but prior to this, Words warms up by practicing to define the word 'sloth.'

Words and Music has been described as a libretto or a parody of opera. That is the idea guiding the realization of the music. The humor in Words and Music, relies mainly on the farcical exaggerations of theatrical expression, and the notion that Music is actually a character in its own right who engages in dialogue with Words. Reference to historical styles is the way used in this version of expressing the farcical exaggeration of musical expression.


for string quartet

Cuarteto Arte Latinoamericano

Biblioteca Juan Jose Arango, Concert Hall

Bogota, Colombia August 10, 2011


Received an artist grant to work on an original production of Words and Music by Samuel Beckett with my realization of the character "Music."  It is for two actors and string quartet and has an approximate duration of 25-30 minutes


for flute, clarinet, and piano

The International Festival of Contemporary Music of Morelia

Saturday, June 4, 7:30 pm

Conservatorio de las Rosas, Morelia, Mexico

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The International Festival of Contemporary Music of Morelia, now on its seventh edition, has quickly gained a reputation as one of the main contemporary music showcases in Mexico, and it takes place in the beautiful colonial city of Morelia.



In 1767, the Jesuits were expelled from the Spanish colonies in South America and left behind a legacy of music making that was buried for a little over two hundred years.

Despite their expulsion, the music of the Jesuits didn’t disappear entirely. Thanks to the indigenous people – the Chiquitos of Bolivia – this music was played throughout the eighteenth century and the manuscripts were preserved in the churches throughout the nineteenth century.

In 1985 the Swiss architect Hans Roth discovered over nine thousand of these manuscripts, and in 1990 UNESCO declared the churches of the Chiquitos a “patrimony of humanity.”

Now, in the twenty-first century, Loyola’s own Professor of Music, Gustavo Leone has hand picked four of these manuscripts and painstakingly restored the scores, thereby reviving a valuable and rare part of the Jesuits’ intellectual and musical heritage.

For more information call 773.508.3820 or visit or see flyer LeoneMusicChiquitos

Thursday, April 14, 2011 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Loyola University Chicago, Simpson Hall and Madonna della Strada.

Scores, particelle, and recordings of three works can be downloaded for free by going to ECommons.

There are three works, Misa Espiritu Santo, Stabat Mater, and Regina Coeli. These three works were collected from the Music Archives of Chiquitos and reconstructed from particelle.


Gustavo Leone  Composer