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Joan Jeanrenaud: Visual Music

Read "Visual Music" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Cellist Joan Jeanrenaud had been a member of the celebrated Kronos Quartet for more than twenty years when, she found herself sidelined with a serious health issue. Following an extended leave from music she embarked on a solo career, turning out the highly-regarded albums, Strange Toys (Talking House, 2008), Metamorphosis (New Albion, 2009) and--in association with PC Munoz--Pop-Pop (Deconet Records, 2010).On Visual Music Jeanrenaud is reunited with percussionist Munoz on three tracks, William Winant on vibraphone and Dohee ...

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Joan Jeanrenaud: Visual Music

Read "Visual Music" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Cellist Joan Jeanrenaud spent more than twenty years as a member of the experimental and always innovative Kronos Quartet. She left the group in 1999, and has since created an adventurous and captivating body work, including four previous CD releases, including the Grammy-nominated Strange Toys ( Talking House Records, 2008) and 2010's Pop-Pop (Deconet Records), in collaboration with percussionist/multi-instrumentalist PC Munoz. As with all her recordings, Visible Music is a work of art that was created without consideration ...

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Joan Jeanrenaud: The Beat of the Moment

Read "Joan Jeanrenaud: The Beat of the Moment" reviewed by Anil Prasad

Playing it safe is a concept in which cellist Joan Jeanrenaud has total disinterest. Her deep, varied career reflects a restless creative spirit that most recently manifested itself on Pop-Pop (Deconet, 2010), her duo album with producer and percussionist PC Muñoz. The disc seamlessly blends cello, classical, electronica, and hip-hop influences. But, perhaps, the most important element is fun, something Jeanrenaud and Muñoz clearly had a lot of when making the disc. Unlike Jeanrenaud's carefully-architected previous albums, Pop-Pop found her ...

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Joan Jeanrenaud & PC Munoz: Pop-Pop

Read "Pop-Pop" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The Kronos Quartet integrated chamber environs with free-jazz, minimalist composers like Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and other groundbreaking artists or genres that traversed the roads less travelled. Cellist Joan Jeanrenaud was a vital player during the unit's 1978-1999 run, leaving behind a treasure trove of important work as the band became proprietor of a cutting edge classical-meets-almost-anything legacy. As a solo artist, Jeanrenaud has branched out into several probing and largely unique projects. With Pop-Pop, a collaboration with drummer/percussionist PC ...

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Joan Jeanrenaud: Strange Toys

Read "Strange Toys" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Cellist Joan Jeanrenaud joined the Kronos Quartet in 1978, participating in more than thirty recordings and over two thousand performances with the always innovative string ensemble known for interpreting other composers' works. In 1999 she struck out on her own, as both a solo artist and a composer.Strange Toys, Jeanrenaud's second solo effort, is a study in mournful minimalism and an exploration of her instrument's richly gorgeous sound.This release is an adventurous work. The cellist duets ...