13:30 – 14:30
The aim of “A conversation with…” is getting to know more about important figures in the sector. In this edition, this space will welcome Joëlle Léandre (Aix-en-Provence, France, 12 September 1951), a working double bass player, vocalist and composer of contemporary music and free improvisation. She will be interviewed by journalist Carlos Pérez Cruz, director of Club de Jazz, a podcast focusing on jazz and improvised music.
Joëlle Léandre is a French double bass player, vocalist, composer and improviser. During her career, she has worked with musicians such as Merce Cuningham, Morton Feldman, John Cage and Giacinto Scelsi, Philippe Fenelon, Philippe Hersant, Steve Lacy, José Luis Campana, Betsy Jolas and Aldo Clementi. She has also collaborated with the great names of jazz and improvisation such as Derek Bailey, Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Evan Parker, Irene Schweizer, William Parker, Barre Phillips, Pascal Contet and Hamid Drake, among many others.
Léandre’s work has spread all over the world. Her creative and performance work, both as a soloist and in ensembles, has led her to perform on the most prestigious European, American and Asian stages. Furthermore, she has participated in the recording of 180 albums.
She is also the author of A Voix Basse (Editions MF, 2008), a collection of interviews with Franck Médioni.
In 2023, Joëlle Léandre was honoured in New York City with a Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the most important artistic awards in the world.
CARLOS PÉREZ CRUZ
[CLUB DE JAZZ, SPAIN]
The journalist Carlos Pérez Cruz has, since 2001, been the director of the podcast Club de Jazz, a programme dedicated to jazz and improvised music specialising in in-depth conversations with some of the great national and international names. It is the only podcast dedicated to these musics which is actually financed by its listeners. He has also collaborated with the specialised magazine Cuadernos de Jazz and has directed a jazz section on the programme La Ventana on Cadena SER.
Between 2017 and 2021 he was a correspondent in the United States for the radio programme Carne Cruda and the newspapers Ara, La Voz de Galicia, and ABC, among others. He has a higher degree in music specialising in trumpet and undertook his jazz studies with teachers such as Chris Kase.