Leah Coloff is a cellist/singer/songwriter, living in the New York City borough of Brooklyn. Originally from the west coast, Leah began her studies with Ray Davis, principal cellist of The Seattle Symphony, continuing with Irene Sharp at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, followed by Graduate studies with Bernard Greenhouse at The New England Conservatory of Music.
Leah began melding her own style of vocalization and virtuosic cello playing. Whether using only cello and vocals, or bolstered by drums, and/or other instruments, Leah’s songs swim up and down stream with the greatest of ease. Her unusual arrangements illustrate a truly singular voice: one that is at once honest, sensual, funny, brutal, pissed-off, and down right loopy. She is a seasoned performer who understands both chaos and control. Her songs stretch tall like pines dark with sweet prickly needles. They are stark, beautiful and chilly sweet. They will haunt the listener like burnt petal lost in love streams. (…the rest of the tale below)
Her former band, Lucibel Crater, had the great fortune of recording the late Lou Reed playing for their track “Threadbare Funeral” which you can listen to here. Lucibel Crater’s The Family Album, was featured in Vogue Italia, and Urban Magazine among others publications. Vogue Italia describes them, “Perpetually oscillating between analogue and digital, between Bjork and The White Stripes, Lucibel Crater surprise us with a schizoid, unpredictable sound made of both live improvisations and thoughtful studio recordings.”
Leah has returned to her roots of CLunk with a shade of cabaret, old timey styling, vocal harmonizing, horns and more for an unexpected result. Her new record is called ThisTree. Eva Parker says it’s fearless. This is good. First, It will be released as a GR)album: An offering of the first 3 songs from ThisTree with accompanying/supporting/inspiring visuals. ThisTree features Mathias Kunzli on drums (Regina Spektor), was recorded by Marc Urselli at Eastside Sound and mixed by Bryce Goggin at Trout Studios.
Leah is the cellist for The Scorchio String Quartet, a cutting edge string quartet/quintet that has worked with amazing artists from David Bowie to Philip Glass to Trey Anastasio. She adds her cello and voice to Ted Hearne’s (2009 Gaudeamus Prize winner) modern classical/rock ensemble, Delusion Story, and she is a regular performer at the Obie Award winning The Secret City.