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Joan Jeanrenaud


Joan Jeanrenaud offers led a colorful, multi-phase profession: she was cellist using the Kronos Quartet for over twenty years, showing up to acclaim for the most part from the main concert halls in European countries, Asia, as well as the Americas; since 1999 she’s freelanced being a soloist and chamber participant and in addition has arranged and constructed music, most ratings regarding cello and consumer electronics. Throughout her profession Jeanrenaud spent some time working with lots of the leading modern composers, an organization which includes Cage, Cup, Riley, Piazzolla, Gorecki, Morton Feldman, Pauline Oliveros, and many more. Those acquainted with the work from the Kronos Quartet know the group preferred twentieth hundred years and modern music, a propensity that Jeanrenaud was completely in sympathy with. Certainly, and Jeanrenaud has already established many works created designed for her, specifically in the brand new hundred years. They consist of Terry Riley’s Bruce’s Vacationing Machine (2004), for single cello, and Alvin Curran’s Passing Records (2006), for cello and percussion. Jeanrenaud produced a lot more than 30 recordings using the Kronos Quartet, most released over the non-esuch label, and since her departure from that group she’s made several extremely acclaimed discs, like the Grammy-nominated 2008 work Strange Toys, over the Speaking Home label. Jeanrenaud in addition has documented for New Albion, ” NEW WORLD ” Records, as well as other brands. Joan Jeanrenaud was created near Memphis, TN, in 1956. Elevated on the farm, she started playing the cello at 11. A yr later she started lessons with Memphis Symphony cellist Peter Spurbeck. Jeanrenaud’s advanced research had been at Indiana College or university Jacobs College of Music, where her educators included Fritz Magg. Pursuing graduation she performed cello within the Tanglewood Event Orchestra under Leonard Bernstein. She after that had private research in Switzerland with cello virtuoso Pierre Fournier. In 1978 Jeanrenaud became a member of the Kronos Quartet. The group’s advocacy of modern music didn’t derail them from attaining recognition and wide reputation among the leading string quartets prior to the public. Next to the several recordings they produced, the Kronos Quartet performed in over 2,000 concerts with Jeanrenaud as cellist. She departed the ensemble in 1999 but nonetheless sometimes performs with it. In the brand new hundred years Jeanrenaud has continuing working like a performer, but in addition has contributed very much music of her personal towards the cello repertory. She had written the rating, and performed the music, for the March 2007 SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA premiere of Humansville, a creation from the Joe Goode Efficiency Group, a prominent dance theatre company.

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Full Name Joan Jeanrenaud
Profession Film Score Composer, Cellist
Education Indiana University Bloomington
Nationality American
Music Groups Kronos Quartet
Music Songs The Song of Songs, Metamorphosis Four:, Perotin - Viderunt Omnes, Ethereal Tree, Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector, Mai Nozipo, G Song, Doom, a Sigh, Mishima/Opening, Four for Tango, Spem in alium, A Door Is Ajar, Runaway Horses, November 25: morning, Temple Of The Golden Pavilion, Osamu's Theme: Kyoko's House, Kyoko's House, Collected Songs Where Every Verse is Filled with Grief, V. White Man Sleeps, Purple Haze, 1937: Saint Sebastian, 1934: grandmother & Kimitake, November 25: Ichigaya, November 25: The Last Day, 1957: award montage, Bella by Barlight, Two Studies on Ancient Greek Scales, 1962: body building, F-104: epilogue from Sun And Steel, String Quartet No. 5: IV, II. White Man Sleeps, Tilliboyo
Albums Strange Toys, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, Morton Feldman: Piano and String Quartet, Kronos Quartet Performs Philip Glass, Witold Lutoslawski: String Quartet, Kronos Quartet Plays Terry Riley: Salome Dances for Peace, White Man Sleeps, Pieces of Africa, Terry Riley: Cadenza on the Night Plain, Tan Dun: Ghost Opera, Five Tango Sensations, The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, Dracula, Winter Was Hard, Kronos Quartet, Monk Suite: Kronos Quartet Plays Music of Thelonious Monk, Visual Music, Different Trains / Electric Counterpoint, Howl, U.S.A., Osvaldo Golijov: The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, Pop-Pop, Metamorphosis, Second Time Around
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Soloist Performance (without orchestra)
Movies Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story, The Loss of Nameless Things, Born This Way

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1 Performs on the CD album "Music for Moving Pictures" which includes Tribeca Film Festival winner Native New Yorker (2005), Balancing Acts: A Jewish Theater in the Soviet Union (2008), and, When Medicine Got It Wrong (2009) composed by William Susman.
2 Performs on the award-winning CD soundtracks released for the films Oil on Ice (2004) and Fate of the Lhapa (2007) composed by William Susman.
3 Nominated for a 2009 Grammy award for her CD "Strange Toys" in the Classical Music category of soloist without orchestra.
4 Performed with the Kronos Quartet in over 2,000 concerts throughout the world during her 20 year tenure.
5 Won the Isadora Duncan Dance Award for best composition in 2001-2002.
6 Left Kronos in 1999 to pursue different artistic directions including solo and collaborative projects.
7 Performs on a 1750 Venice-born Deconet cello.
8 Plays the Ice Cello - a cello made out of ice.

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Game Day 2016/I musician: cello
The Light at Walden 2014 Documentary short composer: additional music
Born This Way 2013 Documentary musician: cello
When Medicine Got It Wrong 2009 Documentary musician: cello
Balancing Acts: A Jewish Theater in the Soviet Union 2008 Documentary short musician: cello
Making the Man 2007 Short musician: cello
Fate of the Lhapa 2007 Documentary musician: cello
Independent Lens 2006 TV Series documentary musician - 1 episode
Oil on Ice 2004 Documentary musician: cellist
The Loss of Nameless Things 2004 Documentary musician: cello
Fearless 1993 musician: cello, "Mai nozipo" - as Kronos Quartet



Fire and Spirit 2014 Documentary short completed
Saltwater 2014
Born This Way 2013 Documentary
Independent Lens 2006 TV Series documentary 1 episode
The Loss of Nameless Things 2004 Documentary



WE: A Collection of Individuals 2012 performer: "The Work"
Frances Ha 2012 performer: "Axis" / writer: "Axis"

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