Joëlle Léandre

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Joëlle Léandre
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Joëlle Léandre at Cornelia Street Cafe
2 July 2010 Photo: Claire Stefani
Background information
Born (1951-09-12) 12 September 1951 (age 66)
Aix-en-Provence, France
Genres Contemporary classical music, free improvisation, contemporary music
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Upright bass, vocals
Associated acts John Cage, Pierre Boulez, Les Diaboliques, Feminist Improvising Group

Joëlle Léandre (born 12 September 1951 in Aix-en-Provence, France) is a double bassist, vocalist, and composer active in new music and free improvisation.

In the field of contemporary music, she has performed with Pierre Boulez's Ensemble InterContemporain, and worked with Merce Cunningham and John Cage.[1] Both Cage and Giacinto Scelsi have composed works specifically for her.

She gave an historic solo concert in "Jazz em Agosto" in 2007 (Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal). In this same top jazz festival, Léandre performed also in the "Quartet Noir", a quartet with quite rare live performances, with Marilyn Crispell, Urs Leimgruber and Fritz Hauser.

She has also collaborated with some of the preeminent musicians in the fields of jazz and improvised music, including Derek Bailey, Barre Phillips, Anthony Braxton,[2] George Lewis, India Cooke, Evan Parker, Irène Schweizer, Steve Lacy, Maggie Nicols, Fred Frith, Carlos Zingaro, John Zorn, Susie Ibarra, J. D. Parran, Kevin Norton, Eric Watson, Ernst Reijseger, Akosh S. and Sylvie Courvoisier.

In 1983 she became a member of the European Women Improvising Group (EWIG),[1] which resulted from former Feminist Improvising Group and in later 1980s she co-founded the feminist improvising Trio Les Diaboliques, with Schweizer and Nicols.


With Anthony Braxton

With Gianni Lenoci

  • Sur Une Balançoire (Ambiances Magnétiques, 2003)

With Masahiko Satoh

  • Signature (Red Toucan, 2003)

With György Szabados

  • Live at Magyarkakanizsa (BMC Records, 2010 [2011])


  1. ^ a b Layne, Joslyn. "Joëlle Léandre: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  2. ^ Hareuveni, Eyal (2008-01-21). "Joelle Leandre: On Freedom and Responsibility". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 

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