Artists Joëlle Léandre

French double bass player, improviser and composer Joëlle Léandre is one of the dominant figures of the new European music. Trained in orchestral as well as contemporary music, she has played with Itinéraire, 2e2m and Pierre Boulez’s Ensemble intercontemporain. Joëlle Léandre has also worked with Merce Cunningham and with John Cage, who has composed especially for her — as have Scelsi, Fénelon, Jolas and Clémenti. As well as working in contemporary music, Léandre has played with some of the great names in jazz and improvisation, such as Derek Beley, Anthony Braxton, Georges Lewis, Evan Parker, Irène Schweizer, Steve Lacy, Fred Frith and John Zorn. She has written extensively for dance and theatre, and has staged a number of multidisciplinary performances. Her reputation is international, and her work as a composer and a performer, both in solo recitals and as part of ensembles, has put her under the lights of the most prestigious stages of Europe, the Americas and Asia. Joëlle Léandre also has more than a hundred recordings to her credit.

Joëlle Léandre

Aix-en-Provence (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France), 1951

Residence: Paris (France)

  • Composer
  • Performer (double bass)
  • Improviser

On the web

Joëlle Léandre [Photo: Ds-Artis-D, 2010]
Joëlle Léandre [Photo: Ds-Artis-D, 2010]
  • Joëlle Léandre, Peter Burton, Rémy Bélanger de Beauport, Émilie Girard-Charest [Photo: Chrissy Cheung , Montréal (Québec), October 9, 2011]
  • At the Université de Montréal, Joëlle Léandre talks with Sophie Stévance about her works [Montréal (Québec), October 6, 2011]
  • Joëlle Léandre
  • Joëlle Léandre
  • Joëlle Léandre [Photo: Céline Côté]
  • Joëlle Léandre
  • Joëlle Léandre
  • Joëlle Léandre

Main releases

OHM / Avatar / AVTR 011 / 2000


Various artists
Revue & corrigée / RC 89 / 2011
  • Not in catalogue


  • The French magazine Revue & corrigée (#76, June 2008) has published an impelling article Pourquoi faites-vous des disques? (“Why do you make CDs?”). Jérôme Noetinger, remembering the 1987 Libération special issue asking “Why do you make fil…

    Thursday, June 26, 2008 / General

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