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DUO with

joelle leandre

Phillip Greenlief - alto and tenor saxophones, Bb clarinet

Joelle Leandre - contrabass

Joelle and I have been improvising for over 15 years. In addition to performing in the SF Bay Area, we have toured the pacific northwest and released THAT OVERT DESIRE OF OBJECT on the Relative Pitch Label (our duo CD was their first release). We have continued to perform whenever our schedules allow and our paths cross, which isn't as frequent as I would like since she lives in Paris.

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leandre and greenlief at the lab (SF) october 2018


Joelle Léandre is one of the dominant figures of the new European music. Trained in orchestral as well as contemporary music, she has played with l’Itinéraire, 2e2m and Pierre Boulez’s Ensemble Intercontemporain. Joëlle Léandre has also worked with Merce Cunningham and with John Cage, who composed especially for her –

as have Scelsi, Fénelon, Hersant, Lacy, Campana, Jolas, Clementi and over 40 other contemporary composers.

As well as working in contemporary music, Léandre has played with some of the great names in jazz and improvisation, such as Derek Bailey, Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Evan Parker, Irene Schweizer, William Parker, Barre Phillips, Pascal Contet, Steve Lacy, Lauren Newton, Peter Kowald, Urs Leimgruber, Mat Maneri, Roy Campbell, Fred Frith, John Zorn, Mark Naussef, Marilyn Crispell, India Cooke and so many others…


She has written extensively for dance and theater, and has staged a number of multidisciplinary performances. She received the DAAD residency in Berlin, and was welcomed as artist in residence at Villa Kujiyama (Kyoto). In 2002, 2004 and 2006, she served as the Darius Milhaud Chair of Composition at Mills college, Oakland, CA. Her work as a composer and a performer, both in solo recitals and in ensembles, has put her under the lights of the most prestigious stages of Europe, the Americas and Asia.


DUO @ the lab, SF october 2018

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