This is the eighth interview from a 2018 series by Caroline Kraabel, initially broadcast on London's art radio station, Resonance 104.4 FM. Double bassist and improviser Joëlle Léandre talks about her influences and life as an innovator and improviser.
We are not ‘free’ at all... improvisation is an ART (all the great musicians of history were improvisers); it is natural, it’s a life-art (un art de vivre)...
improvisation is about life and death – that’s why it’s such a strong jubilation, it’s a drug... because each time we improvise we are in between life and death. Joëlle Léandre
from Why is Improvising Important?,
released January 23, 2019
Recorded by Caroline Kraabel; thanks to Joëlle Léandre, Resonance 104.4 FM and John Edwards.