Joan Jeanrenaud

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Joan Jeanrenaud
Jeanrenaud, seated, playing cello, with electronics
Jeanrenaud in 2008
Background information
Birth nameJoan Dutcher
Born (1956-01-25) January 25, 1956 (age 68)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.[1]
Years active1978–present
WebsiteOfficial website

Joan Jeanrenaud (née Dutcher; born January 25, 1956) is an American cellist. 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,[2][3] in part due to being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.[4] 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."[5]

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.[3]

In 2008, her album Strange Toys (Talking House Records, 2008) was nominated for a Grammy Award.[4][6] The album was produced by PC Muñoz,[7] with whom Jeanrenaud later collaborated on another album, Pop-Pop (Deconet Records, 2010), which she called "a pop record that wasn't actually pop."[8]

She also has performed in collaborations with Larry Ochs' group Kihnoua at San Francisco's De Young Museum (2008).[9]

She has performed in many film scores by composer William Susman and appears on the soundtrack CDs for Oil on Ice (2005), Fate of the Lhapa (2007) and Music for Moving Pictures (2009).[10]


  • Metamorphosis (New Albion, 2002)
  • Oil On Ice (with William Sussman) (Belarca Records, 2004)
  • Fly Fly Fly (with Larry Ochs, Miya Masaoka) (Intakt Records, 2004)
  • For Birds, Planes & Cello (with Miya Masaoka) (Solitary B, 2005)
  • Strange Toys (Talking House Records, 2008)
  • Pop-Pop (with PC Muñoz) (Deconet Records, 2010)
  • The Sands of Time (with Mark Grey) (Other Minds, 2014)
  • Hommage (Other Minds, 2014)
  • Visual Music (Deconet Records, 2016)
  • Second Time Around (with Charlie Varon) (Deconet Records, 2016)

With Fred Frith and Maybe Monday


  1. ^ Richardson, Derk (February 26, 2004). "Avant-garde cellist Joan Jeanrenaud returns with a new piece at the Other Minds Festival". San Francisco Chronicle
  2. ^ "News and Notes: People - After Two Decades, Cellist Joan Jeanrenaud Says Goodbye to the Kronos Quartet". Strings. 14 (4). String Letter Publishing: 18. November–December 1999. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved April 17, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Templeton, David (March 2004). "Flight of Fancy: The sky is the limit for ex-Kronos cellist Joan Jeanrenaud". Strings. 18 (7). String Letter Publishing: 122. Retrieved April 7, 2009.
  4. ^ a b Vidinsky, Nick (December 18, 2009). "Music: Joan Jeanrenaud: Forging a New Path". KQED. Retrieved May 25, 2011.
  5. ^ Cahill, Greg (May–June 2003). "Review of Metamorphosis". Strings. 17 (8). String Letter Publishing: 76. Retrieved April 17, 2009.(subscription required)
  6. ^ "The 51st Annual Grammy Awards Winners List" Archived October 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Strange Toys - Joan Jeanrenaud | Credits | AllMusic, retrieved August 10, 2022
  8. ^ "Cellos Meet Beats In Pop That Isn't Pop". NPR. October 24, 2010. Retrieved October 26, 2010.
  9. ^ Hurwitt, Robert; Hamlin, Jesse; Stein, Ruthe (September 3, 2008). "Date Lines: News from the Bay Area arts scene". San Francisco Chronicle.
  10. ^ Credits Joan Jeanrenaud Credits. Retrieved October 22, 2012.

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