What she learned at the Paris Conservatory, Joëlle Léandre unlearned from Morton Feldman or John Cage... and if she interprets the composers of her time, she invents a language of the present between the orality of Afro-American music and written European music.
Having introduced the double bass as a solo instrument already makes her a pioneer, but her prolific work and her international influence also make her exemplary. With 220 albums recorded to date, the indefatigable Joëlle Léandre is one of the greatest French musicians of today.
More than 40 composers have written for her and her instrument.
In parallel, she has developed free improvisation, which she has been playing and transmitting with unabated joy for half a century.