Joelle Léandre Profiled


For over forty years—since playing a solo set in Buffalo, New York in 1976—French double bassist Joëlle Léandre has been bringing a uniquely forceful and personal kind of improvised music to life. Whether alone or with others, she plays with a polymorphously full engagement, inhabiting the performance as a good actor would inhabit a character. But it isn’t a kind of musical method acting; rather, it’s her way—a perfectly natural way, and one arising of its own accord—of directing the full force of her personality into the substance of her craft. As she does as well with interviews and in her autobiography,