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Janel Leppin


"An Absolute Virtuoso - 4 Stars" - Downbeat Magazine

"Hypnotic." - Rolling Stone 

"Captivating" - The Washington Post

"Leppin is a rarity..ahhh-vant garde at its finest." - Capital Bop

Akin to a fairy-tale forest encased in glass." - Philadelphia City Paper 

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Janel Leppin


"An Absolute Virtuoso - 4 Stars" - Downbeat Magazine

"Hypnotic." - Rolling Stone 

"Captivating" - The Washington Post

"Leppin is a rarity..ahhh-vant garde at its finest." - Capital Bop

Akin to a fairy-tale forest encased in glass." - Philadelphia City Paper 

 
 
Treaty coming soon.. photo by Shervin Lainez

Treaty coming soon.. photo by Shervin Lainez

 

Avant-garde vocalist and cellist Janel Leppin crosses genre boundaries in her first solo recording, Treaty.  Adapting her sound with electronics, Leppin winds through a variety of territories, showing where she has been in her extensive musical training as well as where she is going. The recording brings out her versatile interests in which she composes for analog equipment, alongside acoustic and electric instruments, to create soundscapes interwoven with jagged contemporary jaunts and turntable collage, dream-pop vocal works, Persian classical glimpses, and psychedelic reveries.

 

 

Studio Images

See Janel's images working live in the studio at The Brink and at AVAST! in the STUDIO IMAGES section.

Janel and Marissa onstage at Flow Festival Helsinki, Finland opening for The National.

Janel and Marissa onstage at Flow Festival Helsinki, Finland opening for The National.

Janel and Anthony live at the Black Cat - this ones a slow burn, check it out!  We'll announce a 2015 duo tour soon!

Janel and Anthony live in 2013

On tour with Marissa Fall 2014

On tour with Marissa Fall 2014

LIVE at the Rock and Roll Hotel

'Big Sur' from Janel and Anthony's internationally acclaimed work Where is Home on Cuneiform Records.

 NPR featured Marissa Nadler teaming up with cellist Janel Leppin who brings her haunting sounds to the Wilderness Bureau, with a performance of "Dead City Emily" for WAMU's Bandwidth. This was the beginning of a long US Southeast/Midwest summer tour

Marissa Nadler and Janel perform works from July at the Bella Union showcase at Baby's Alright in Brooklyn in May 2014

Marissa Nadler and Janel perform works from July at the Bella Union showcase at Baby's Alright in Brooklyn in May 2014


  Marissa Nadler and I live in Athens Greece during our second European tour for the new release on Sacred Bones/Bella Union

Janel Leppin is available for string arranging / producing. Contact her at leppinproduces@gmail.com

Janel Leppin is available for string arranging / producing. Contact her at leppinproduces@gmail.com

Mellow Diamond, Treaty  

  My solo album Treaty was mixed by Randall Dunn in Seattle and mastered by Jason Ward in Chicago.  I have sold over 3,500 copies of my previous releases as Janel and Anthony.

  Janel Leppin is a cello virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist; an architect of acoustic and analog sound; a haunting and almost mythic singer with a sharp political consciousness. A celebrated young voice with a dedicated following on D.C.’s jazz and improvised music scene, Leppin shows off another side on Treaty, her solo debut as Mellow Diamond. It ventures even further down the ethereal path she’s blazed with the acclaimed duo Janel and Anthony, and lands her in the realm of experimental dream-pop.

  On Treaty, Leppin draws from far and wide: the songcraft of Björk and Portishead, Ai Wei Wei’s art, Sufi poetry, the hardcore D.C. punk and noise-music scenes that reared her. Leppin played every instrument herself, creating layers of guitar, cello, organ, harpsichord and much more, then added vocals—sometimes with no words. But she awes you with restraint: no stroke of percussion lands without impact, and her songs give you just enough melody to get wedged in your memory. Her skills as an improviser and contemporary classical artist shine through, giving the record its aura of intrepid command.

  Janel and Anthony recently toured Europe in support of 2012’s Where Is Home, a four-star winner in both DownBeat, whichhailed Leppin as an "absolute virtuoso," and BBC Music Magazine, which called it “a beguiling, thoughtfully crafted album.” Leppin leads a jazz quintet called the Ensemble Volcanic Ash (dubbed “stunning” by the Washington City Paper’s Michael J. West), and performs in duo internationally with goth-Americana star Marissa Nadler (Sacred Bones, Bella Union).