Jeanrenaud’s 2008 Grammy-nominated classical album Strange Toys was recorded in the same studio; she first met percussionist PC Munoz at Trilogy and since then both have collaborated on their respective individual projects. For the new Harlem Dance Theatre pieces, “Harmonic Harlem” and “Harlem Strut,” Munoz accompanies Jeanrenaud’s cello with African Kalimba thumb piano and a unique miniature drum kit.
Joan Jeanrenaud plays a Deconet cello made in the 1700s. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, she played with the Kronos Quartet from 1978 until 1999, when, after a sabbatical, she left to pursue a solo career and collaborations with other artists. She has staged and recorded solo performance pieces, also playing the cello in tandem with electronic instruments.