Joan Jeanrenaud Records at Studio Trilogy for Dance Theatre of Harlem

Cellist and composer Joan Jeanrenaud (Kronos Quartet) recently recorded new music for The Dance Theatre of Harlem, which is returning in April to NYC after an eight-year hiatus.

Pictured in session at Studio Trilogy's SSL 9000K console are chief engineer Justin Lieberman and cellist/composer Joan Jeanrenaud with her dog, Jack.  Photo by David Goggin.

Pictured in session at Studio Trilogy’s SSL 9000K console are chief engineer Justin Lieberman and cellist/composer Joan Jeanrenaud with her dog, Jack. Photo by David Goggin.

The new music was requested by renowned dancer Thaddeus Davis and recorded with keyboardist/percussionist PC Munoz and engineer Justin Lieberman at San Francisco’s Studio Trilogy.

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.

Visit http://www.jjcello.org for more on Jeanrenaud, and http://www.studiotrilogy.com for more on Studio Trilogy.

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