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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 

 
 
Mellow Diamond coming soon.. photo by Shervin Lainez

Mellow Diamond 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.

 
Mid-way through a two month tour - Janel, Pharmakon and Marissa Nadler hanging out in Porto, Portugal after performing at Amplifest after opening for Swans. Margaret was on a long tour with Swans opening for them in most cities.  

Mid-way through a two month tour - Janel, Pharmakon and Marissa Nadler hanging out in Porto, Portugal after performing at Amplifest after opening for Swans. Margaret was on a long tour with Swans opening for them in most cities.  

 

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 - August in Helsinki, Finland

Janel and Marissa onstage at Flow Festival - August in Helsinki, Finland

Janel and Anthony live at the Black Cat - this one is a slow burn

Janel and Anthony

Janel Leppin performs for a packed audience at Union Arts for the Washington Women in Jazz 2015 with her avant-garde group Ensemble Volcanic Ash.  They played her compositions with Mary Lattimore harp, Amy Bormet piano, Karine Chapdelaine bass, Janel Leppin cello and vocals, Sarah Hughes saxophone.

Janel Leppin performs for a packed audience at Union Arts for the Washington Women in Jazz 2015 with her avant-garde group Ensemble Volcanic Ash.  They played her compositions with Mary Lattimore harp, Amy Bormet piano, Karine Chapdelaine bass, Janel Leppin cello and vocals, Sarah Hughes saxophone.

Janel performs at Sonic Circuits Festival 2013 with Ensemble Volcanic Ash at Atlas Center for the Performing Arts.  Ensemble included Jaimie Branch trumpet, Jenny Graff voice electronics, Sarah Hughes saxophone, Betsy Wright synthesizer, Amy Frasier bassoon, Jacqueline Poulaff harp, Anthony Pirog guitar, Janel Leppin cello and electronics.

Janel performs at Sonic Circuits Festival 2013 with Ensemble Volcanic Ash at Atlas Center for the Performing Arts.  Ensemble included Jaimie Branch trumpet, Jenny Graff voice electronics, Sarah Hughes saxophone, Betsy Wright synthesizer, Amy Frasier bassoon, Jacqueline Poulaff harp, Anthony Pirog guitar, Janel Leppin cello and electronics.

'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.

Ensemble Volcanic Ash at a sold out show at Bohemian Caverns in 2013 for the Washington Women in Jazz Festival.  Jacqueline Poullaff harp, Amy Frasier bassoon, Janel Leppin cello and vocals, Sarah Hughes saxophone

Ensemble Volcanic Ash at a sold out show at Bohemian Caverns in 2013 for the Washington Women in Jazz Festival.  Jacqueline Poullaff harp, Amy Frasier bassoon, Janel Leppin cello and vocals, Sarah Hughes saxophone


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

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