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Leanne Darling

Leanne Darling creates a powerful new voice for the viola. She draws from her classical technique, her skills in many musical genres, and her passion for improvisation to break the boundaries of this underused instrument. A versatile performer, composer, and improvisor, Darling has has appeared with virtuoso oudist Simon Shaheen in Carnegie Hall, with poets Robert Bly and Clarissa Pinkola-Estes at the Omega Institute, and with the Cedar Lake Ensemble's premiere performance in Chelsea.

Her unique solo viola compositions use the entire scope of her instrument, mixing more traditional sounds with electric sound effects. Using a sampling/looping device, Darling generates layers of sound from lyrical melodies to driving rhythms and textures simulating a whole room full of musicians. The layers are improvised as well as planned, making each performance distinctive. The style ranges from minimalist to free jazz, blues, Arabic, and ambient music. She recently released her debut CD, Spiral, which is now available on CDBaby.

As a player of Arabic music, she has performed with the Near East Ensemble in New York and Philadelphia. With the Sephardic/Moroccan group the Sultana Ensemble, Darling has performed throughout the country and in Italy. She also performs with and composes for the Near East River Ensemble, an Arabic jazz ensemble based in Brooklyn. Her articles on Arabic String playing have appeared in American String Teacher and Strings magazine, and her arrangement of Arabic themes for string orchestra was published this past spring by Alfred Publishing.

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Violist Darling stole the show….. -Gay City News

Few violists have dared to climb out of the classical box to investigate their instrument in new ways. Leanne Darling's brave and dedicated explorations into improvisation, Arabic music, and composition distinguish her as one of the leaders in her field. -Julie Lyonn Lieberman, Improvising Violinist and Author

Leanne Darling is one of the most promising new talents on the scene of improvised classical and world soundings. Her viola is rich with sound and depth, and her control of many musical idioms gives the listener a great sense of inspiration and culture

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Primary Instrument

Viola

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Credentials/Background

Teaches all levels violin and viola, beginning improvisation, blues, jazz and middle eastern music, ages 6- adult. Taught for 17 years. Has taught at Brooklyn Conservatory, Op, 118 Harlem School for Strings, Manatee Community College. Holds degrees from Eastman School of Music and Cleveland Institute of Music. Studied with Julie Lyonn Lieberman and Rob Thomas.

Clinic/Workshop Information

StringPlay String students experience music beyond the written note with this dynamic workshop

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Albums

Spiral

Unknown label
2006

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