Artists-In-Residence 2016

Leila Bordreuil: Piece for Cello and Double Bass Ensemble

Sat 10 Sep, 2016, 8pm

Free ($10 suggested donation)
ISSUE Project Room: 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Leila Bordreuil opens her 2016 Residency with the premiere of Piece for Cello and Double Bass Ensemble at ISSUE’s 22 Boerum Theater. A new work, the piece overly amplifies all instruments in order to make corporal micro-gestures and hushed overtones audible to the human ear. Pitches and melodies are rare, as the basic sonic capabilities of the instruments dictate the musicality and structure of the piece.

The piece features Brandon Lopez, Sean Ali, and Zachary Rowden on double bass. The premiere is followed by a second improvisational set featuring Leila Bordreuil, Joanna Mattrey (viola) and Sean Ali (bass).

Leila Bordreuil is a Brooklyn-based cellist and composer from France. Her cello playing is often improvised, and focuses on the relationship between the human body and the inherent sonic qualities of her instrument. Essential to her musical aesthetic is the expression of humans’ neuro-somatic imperfections, which she chooses to magnify through extreme amplification of very quiet playing, revealing microscopic gestures that are otherwise inaudible to the human ear. Her composed works draw from a similar aesthetic but also focus on sound through space and the distortion that arises from spatially organized sound sources. Leila’s collaborative projects include duos with Michael Foster and Tamio Shiraishi, a trio with Sean Ali and Joanna Mattrey, and the no-wave band “Signal Break” with Austin Jullian (Sediment Club) and Evin Huguenin (Sects). She has performed at the Whitney Museum, The Kitchen, The Stone, MoMA PS1, Roulette, the Performa Biennale, Ftarri (Tokyo, JP), the Heresy Series for Women in Sound (Manila, PHL), and many basements across the U.S.

Photo: Mathilda Olmi

Established in 2006, ISSUE's annual Artist-in-Residence program provides emerging artists each with a year-long residency in 2016, offering access to rehearsal space and facilities, equipment, documentation, pr/marketing, curatorial and technical expertise to create new works, reach the next stage in their artistic development, and gain exposure to a broad public audience.

ISSUE's Artist-in-Residence program is made possible, in part, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and with the support of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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