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Joan Jeanrenaud was born and raised on a small farm outside Memphis, Tennessee. She started playing the cello at age 11 and began studying with Peter Spurbeck the following year. As a teenager, Jeanrenaud - who was the principal cellist of the Memphis Youth Symphony - developed an interest in contemporary music. She continued her studies with Fritz Magg at Indiana University, where she was a founding member of the IU Contemporary Music Ensemble. A highlight of her college years was her participation as a Fellow at Tanglewood, where she was principal cellist with the Festival Orchestra conducted by Leonard Bernstein

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Thollem McDonas: The Beauty of Never Going Back Home

Read "Thollem McDonas: The Beauty of Never Going Back Home" reviewed by Dave Wayne

What is often forgotten about improvised music is that it can come from anywhere. Though its history is inextricably intertwined with jazz, improvisation is part and parcel of a myriad of musical cultures. Pianist and composer Thollem McDonas is not just aware of this fact, it is part of his daily existence. About 10 years ago, ...

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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 ...

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Cellist Joan Jeanrenaud Interviewed at All About Jazz

Cellist Joan Jeanrenaud Interviewed at All About Jazz

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 ...

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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 ...

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Joan Jeanrenaud, PC Munoz - Pop-Pop (2010)

Joan Jeanrenaud, PC Munoz - Pop-Pop (2010)

By Mark Saleski If you want to really scare yourself, wait until everybody else in the house has gone to bed, turn out all of the lights, and put the Kronos Quartet's Black Angels on the stereo. You will be assaulted with George Crumb's terrifying “Black Angels (Images I)," a piece so full of tension and ...

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Pop-Pop: New CD by Avant-Garde Cellist Joan Jeanrenaud & Percussionst/Beatmaker PC Munoz

Pop-Pop: New CD by Avant-Garde Cellist Joan Jeanrenaud & Percussionst/Beatmaker PC Munoz

Pop-Pop, the collaborative new album from cellist extraordinaire Joan Jeanrenaud and art-funk percussionist/beatmaker PC Munoz, is an exhilarating mash-up of contemporary classical/new music sensibilities and future-funk/hip-hop sonic aesthetics. Jeanrenaud's polyrhythmic compositions, rendered on both acoustic and electric celli, are paired with skittering electro-funk beats, eruptive drumkit, cajon drums, Hua Pan Gu (traditional Chinese drum), and other ...

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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 ...


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