Joan Jeanrenaud
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Joan Jeanrenaud
Joan Jeanrenaud
Jeanrenaud, seated, playing cello, with electronics
With Kihnoua, 2008
Background information
Joan Dutcher
Born (1956-01-25) January 25, 1956 (age 63)
Memphis, Tennessee[1]
WebsiteOfficial website

Joan Jeanrenaud, née Dutcher (born January 25, 1956), is an American cellist. 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,[2][3] in part due to being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.[4] She has staged and recorded solo performance pieces, playing the cello in tandem with electronic instruments. Her first solo album, Metamorphosis, was described by Greg Cahill in Strings as "visceral, hypnotic, and often compelling."[5]

Jeanrenaud plays a Deconet, ca. 1750. A copy of the cello carved out of ice was used in her four-hour performance piece Ice Cello, a 2004 adaptation of Charlotte Moorman's Ice Music for London.[3] In 2008, her album Strange Toys was nominated for a Grammy Award.[4][6] Several tracks were recorded with PC Muñoz, with whom Jeanrenaud recorded a full album, Pop-Pop, in 2010, calling it "a pop record that wasn't actually pop."[7]

She also has performed in collaborations with Larry Ochs' group Kihnoua at San Francisco's De Young Museum (2008).[8]

She has performed in many film scores by composer William Susman and appears on the soundtrack CDs for Oil on Ice (2005), Fate of the Lhapa (2007) and Music for Moving Pictures (2009).[9]


  • Strange Toys. CD. Talking House, THR0806. 2008.
  • Metamorphosis. CD. New Albion, NA 120. 2009.

With Fred Frith and Maybe Monday


  1. ^ Richardson, Derk (February 26, 2004). "Avant-garde cellist Joan Jeanrenaud returns with a new piece at the Other Minds Festival". San Francisco Chronicle
  2. ^ "News and Notes: People - After Two Decades, Cellist Joan Jeanrenaud Says Goodbye to the Kronos Quartet". Strings. String Letter Publishing. 14 (4): 18. November-December 1999. Retrieved .
  3. ^ a b Templeton, David (March 2004). "Flight of Fancy: The sky is the limit for ex-Kronos cellist Joan Jeanrenaud". Strings. String Letter Publishing. 18 (7): 122. Retrieved .
  4. ^ a b Vidinsky, Nick (December 18, 2009). "Music: Joan Jeanrenaud: Forging a New Path". KQED. Retrieved .
  5. ^ Cahill, Greg (May-June 2003). "Review of Metamorphosis". Strings. String Letter Publishing. 17 (8): 76. Retrieved .(subscription required)
  6. ^ "The 51st Annual Grammy Awards Winners List" Archived 2010-10-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Cellos Meet Beats In Pop That Isn't Pop". NPR. October 24, 2010. Retrieved .
  8. ^ Hurwitt, Robert; Hamlin, Jesse; Stein, Ruthe (September 3, 2008). "Date Lines: News from the Bay Area arts scene". San Francisco Chronicle.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  9. ^ Credits Joan Jeanrenaud Credits. Retrieved October 22, 2012.

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