“Ear Taxi Festival is a unique initiative that brings together the whole community of Chicago musicians. For six consecutive days, this festival of new music will present a long list of ensembles, organizations, composers, and players, in the many spaces of the Harris Theatre for Music and Dance, for a celebration of Chicago's music of today. It will be a marathon of concerts to remember for a long, long time.”
Composer Gustavo Leone is a Professor at the Department of Fine and Performing Arts of Loyola University Chicago. His principal composition teachers included Gerardo Gandini, Marta Lambertini, Ralph Shapey, Shulamit Ran, and John Eaton. He also studied electronic music with Howard Sandroff. Leone is a recipient of a Walter Hinrichsen Award given by the American Academy of Art and Letters. His music is included in the catalogs of C.F. Peters, New York and Naxos Recordings. Ensembles such as Grant Park Festival Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Michoacán, Pro Musica, Concertante di Chicago, the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Czech National Symphony Orchestra have played and commissioned Leone’s works. His work for the theater includes productions at the Yale Repertory Theatre, the Goodman Theater, Victory Gardens Theater, and Teatro Vista. Leone’s music is intense and angular; it conveys propulsion through rhythm and makes use of clear forms and associations.
Jonathan Woolf has said on Music Web International "Leone's is a versatile voice in the contemporary firmament."
Andrew Patner, writing for the Sun-Times has said "Gustavo Leone's 'Absurdopera' a comedic gem.'