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Joëlle Léandre

Joelle Leandre started playing recorder but quickly moved to piano and from the age of 9 to 14 studied both piano and double bass in her home town of Aix-en-Provence. Her double bass teacher, Pierre Delescluse, encouraged her to apply to the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris where she won first prize for double bass. In 1976 she received a scholarship to the Center for Creative and Performing Arts in Buffalo, a time that was to prove particularly influential due to encounters with Morton Feldman, and the music of Earl Brown, John Cage and Giacinto Scelsi. At the same time, she was able to experience the downtown New York music scene and continue her involvement in improvised music. Joelle Leandre has continued to be involved with contemporary 'straight' music, not only as a member of contemporary music ensembles such as 2E2M, Itineraire and l'Ensemble Intercontemporain but particularly through the works of Cage and Scelsi, several of which have been recorded by her

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Roscoe Mitchell and Ostravska Banda: Distant Radio Transmission

Read "Distant Radio Transmission" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Roscoe Mitchell, a co-founder of the AACM and Art Ensemble of Chicago, continues to discover new intersections of jazz, classical and avant-garde music with Distant Radio Transmission. As he approaches eighty years of age Mitchell has waved off time and tradition, reinventing the AEoC brand with the orchestrated—sometimes operatic—We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

PUI4: A Pearl In Dirty Hands

Read "A Pearl In Dirty Hands" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Più volte negli ultimi Nicola Guazzaloca ha lavorato in Portogallo, sia esibendosi con compagni italiani (come nel caso del duo con Edoardo Marraffa, documentato in Em Portugal!), sia collaborando con artisti locali, come in questo A Pearl In Dirty Hands dei PUI4, quartetto che lo vede a fianco dei portoghesi Joao Pedro Viegas al clarinetto basso, ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

All-Female Bands Are a Riot!

Read "All-Female Bands Are a Riot!" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

As much as we favor a complete integration of the jazz sexes, this week we feature twenty-four bands or projects with not a single man in sight, actually in hearing. After all, how much jazz radio have you listened to (not on Mondo Jazz) with playlists made exclusively of all male bands? Here's a small contribution ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2019

Read "Jazz Festival Ljubljana 2019" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Cankarjev Dom Jazz Festival Ljubljana Ljubljana June 18-22, 2019 Ljubljana—capital of the Republic of Slovenia, member of the EU, neighbored by Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy—hosts a now six decades old jazz festival. The event is organized by Cankarjev House/Cankarjev Dom, a prestigious, state-run cultural center in midtown Ljubljana opposite the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

A Spirale & Chris Cogburn: Autocannibalism

Read "Autocannibalism" reviewed by John Eyles

The Italian duo A Spirale, comprising electric guitarist Maurizio Argenziano and saxophonist Mario Gabola, was formed in 2002 when it also included drummer Massimo Spezzaferro; the trio version appeared on the ten-disc compilation Musica Improvvisa (die Schactel, 2010). Since then, Spezzaferro has not recorded with A Spirale, and the duo has collaborated with guest players. Autocannibilism ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Marc Ducret - Joëlle Léandre: Chez Hélène

Read "Chez Hélène" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

The audience in attendance at the 19PaulFort venue in Paris, France must have been spellbound after witnessing these prolific and highly influential improvisers wield their magic. As leaders and collaborators bassist Joëlle Léandre and guitarist Marc Ducret have pretty much done it all over the years, evidenced by their extensive discographies. Here, the bassist is a ...

ARTICLE: UNDER THE RADAR

Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously

Read "Big in Japan, Part 3: Satoko Fujii’s Year of Living Dangerously" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In the first two parts of this series we looked at the origins of jazz in Japan and its adherence to the American style of composing, arranging and playing. Though jazz has been popular in Japan from the earliest days, it was--as in the United States--hardly met with unanimous approval in a country that prized classical ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Edgefest 2018: The Chicago Connection

Read "Edgefest 2018: The Chicago Connection" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Edgefest Ann Arbor, MI October 17-20, 2018 This year, Ann Arbor, Michigan's Edgefest Festival turned to Chicago for inspiration. An astonishing array of talented musicians, most with roots in Chicago's storied past or its vibrant present, made appearances at the Kerrytown Concert House for four days of exceptional music that could generally ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Not Two...But Twenty! Festival

Read "Not Two...But Twenty! Festival" reviewed by John Sharpe

Not Two...But Twenty! Festival Wlen, Poland September 21-23, 2018 Intro There are some things worth celebrating in style, one of them being marked persistence in the face of adversity. That pretty much describes the continued existence of any jazz record label in these straitened times. To mark its 20th ...


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