Primary Scene: Brooklyn
Leila Bordreuil is a Brooklyn based cellist and composer from Aix-en-Provence, France. She works in the realm of Noise music, improvisation, New Music and sound-art. Her cello playing is often improvised, and mainly focuses on texture variations and a collage of phantom overtones and pitched utterances. Through an original vocabulary of extended techniques, preparations, and imaginative amplification methods, her instrument is used as an abstract resonant body to challenge conventional cello practice. Her composed works draw from a similar texture-based musical aesthetic, but also focus on the relationship between sound and space. In her site-specific electro-acoustic compositions, architecture is the foundation of the piece and musicality arises from an organized spacialization of sound. Bordreuil’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.
Leila is a 2020 Artist in Residence at the GRM, Paris, and Exploring the Metropolis (NYC). Past residencies include EMS, Stockholm (2019), Les Brasseries Atlas, Brussels (2018), the MacDowell Colony (2017), Issue Project Room (2016) and the Atlantic Center for the Arts (2013).