With Kihnoua, 2008
|Birth name||Joan Dutcher|
January 25, 1956 |
Joan Jeanrenaud, née Dutcher (born January 25, 1956), is an American cello player. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, she played with the Kronos Quartet from 1978 until 1999, when, after a sabbatical, she left to pursue a solo career and collaborations with other artists, in part due to being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She has staged and recorded solo performance pieces, playing the cello in tandem with electronic instruments. Her first solo album, Metamorphosis, was described by Greg Cahill in Strings as "visceral, hypnotic, and often compelling."
Jeanrenaud plays a Deconet, ca. 1750. A copy of the cello carved out of ice was used in her four-hour performance piece Ice Cello, a 2004 adaptation of Charlotte Moorman's Ice Music for London. In 2008, her album Strange Toys was nominated for a Grammy Award. Several tracks were recorded with PC Muñoz, with whom Jeanrenaud recorded a full album, Pop-Pop, in 2010, calling it "a pop record that wasn't actually pop."
- Strange Toys. CD. Talking House, THR0806. 2008.
- Metamorphosis. CD. New Albion, NA 120. 2009.
- Richardson, Derk (February 26, 2004). "Avant-garde cellist Joan Jeanrenaud returns with a new piece at the Other Minds Festival". San Francisco Chronicle
- "News and Notes: People - After Two Decades, Cellist Joan Jeanrenaud Says Goodbye to the Kronos Quartet". Strings (String Letter Publishing) 14 (4): 18. November/December 1999. Retrieved 2009-04-17.
- Templeton, David (March 2004). "Flight of Fancy: The sky is the limit for ex-Kronos cellist Joan Jeanrenaud". Strings (String Letter Publishing) 18 (7): 122. Retrieved 2009-04-07.
- Vidinsky, Nick (December 18, 2009). "Music: Joan Jeanrenaud: Forging a New Path". KQED. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
- Cahill, Greg (May/June 2003). "Review of Metamorphosis". Strings (String Letter Publishing) 17 (8): 76. Retrieved 2009-04-17.(subscription required)
- "The 51st Annual Grammy Awards Winners List". Grammy.com.
- "Cellos Meet Beats In Pop That Isn't Pop". NPR. October 24, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-26.
- Hurwitt, Robert; Hamlin, Jesse; Stein, Ruthe (September 3, 2008). "Date Lines: News from the Bay Area arts scene". San Francisco Chronicle.
- Allmusic.com Credits Joan Jeanrenaud Credits. Allmusic.com. Retrieved October 22, 2012.
- Official website (Flash)
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