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Gina Leishman

Composer and multi-instrumentalist Gina Leishman was born in England, studied music at the Vienna Conservatory and Edinburgh University (B.Mus.Hons.), and made her home in the U.S., first on the west coast and since the early ‘90s in New York City. She has written for theater, opera, dance, film, TV and the concert stage. She is co-founder of the septet Kamikaze Ground Crew. Together for over 30 years, their recordings, on New World, Koch Jazz and Busmeat Records, include Postcards from the Highwire (2007), Covers (2000), Madam Marie’s Temple of Knowledge (1993) and The Scenic Route (1990)


Gina Leishman: This New York Life

Read "Gina Leishman: This New York Life" reviewed by Michael Blake

On the late summer afternoon I visited composer Gina Leishman, we couldn't meet in her apartment because it was under repair. A pipe had burst so a friend was loaning her apartment to Gina for a few days; one of those little studio apartments that New Yorkers manage to transform into what seems like a sprawling ...


Label: GCQ Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: #1 Skye Boathouse; #2 The Lovers; #3 New York Wild Life; #4 Triangulation; #5 Queen of Denial; #6 Dos Islas; #7 As I Walked Out; #8 Swimming; #9 Sicilian Rooftop; #10 Lullabye; #11 Peter's Drea; #12 ecstasies, briefly remembered; #13 Four Lochs


Orange&Blue, and a glance at NYC's Downtown Jazz Scene

Read "Orange&Blue, and a glance at NYC's Downtown Jazz Scene" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Orange and blue are two complimentary colors that go especially well together. They are also the colors that have inspired the music featured in this episode of Mondo Jazz, to celebrate Radio Free Brooklyn's move into its gorgeous orange and blue studio. This episode of Mondo Jazz also features an exclusive interview with the ...

Baseless Rumors

Label: GCQ Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: #1 Lamp against the dark; #2 Elegy; #3 Storytime; #4 Montalvo waltz; #5 Red hawk down;#6 Montalvo nights; #7 10.24 (Vagabond); #8 The Golden Vanity (trad. arr. Leishman; #9 The wake; #10 Pentimento; #11 The smell of burning; #12 Oedipus remix; #13 Only the stars; #14 Home; #15 Epilogue; #16 The weave


Gina Leishman: Postcards From the Highwire and In My Skin

Read "Gina Leishman: Postcards From the Highwire and In My Skin" reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

Kamikaze Ground Crew Postcards From the Highwire Busmeat Records 2007 Gina Leishman In My Skin GCQ Records 2007 Gina Leishman revels in eclecticism, cherishing the journey as ...

In My Skin

Label: GCQ Records
Released: 2007
Track listing: Girl With A Curl; (Another) Foolish Heart; Food First (Love Later); Le Chat; Night Wind; Green Water; Merry Month of May; Leaving; My Heart Belongs to Daddy; The Scenic Route; Here Today Gone Tomorrow; In My Skin.


Gina Leishman: In My Skin

Read "In My Skin" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Singer (and multi-instrumentalist) Gina Leishman's music brings to mind Tom Waits. Well that is, except for the voice. She indeed has quite a pretty one. In My Skin is the second to feature her music, songwriting, and vocals. Bed Time (c'estquoi music, 2004) shares some of the same guest musicians: bassist Greg Cohen, guitarist Marc Ribot, ...

Bed Time

Label: GCQ Records
Released: 2004
Track listing: #1 Why so blue; #2 Lonely house; #3 Take o take; #4 Come away death; #5 O mistress mine; #6 The soothsayer; #7 Ask me; #8 Bed time; #9 Nothing to say; #10 Big blue bathtub; #11 Hey ho; #12 Glass dreams


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