04/24/15

Chosen for HERE Artist Residency Program

 
I am delighted and honored to have been chosen to be a part of the HERE Artist Residency Program. I will be developing a multi-media theatrical piece exploring the themes present in my most recent  collection of songs called ThisTree.  ThisTree as a performance piece will sew together song, family stories, animation, home movies and handmade objects to explore identity, memory, legacy and loss,  propelled by the question – “What do we leave behind when our family tree has died?”

HERE commissions and develops new hybrid works over a 1- to 3-year period. As part of the HERE community of artists and audiences, the 15 resident artists show works-in-progress, develop workshop productions, and mount full–scale productions. Through the residency programs, HERE seeks to not only grow innovative artistic work, but also give artists the awareness and skills—in areas such as audience relations, budgeting, grantwriting, and touring—they need to continue to grow their careers.

HERE has developed such acclaimed works as Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues; Basil Twist’s Symphonie Fantastique; Basil Twist and Joey Arias’ Arias with a Twist; Hazelle Goodman’s On Edge; Young Jean Lee’s Songs of The Dragons Flying To Heaven; Trey Lyford & Geoff Sobelle’s all wear bowlers; Faye Driscoll’s837 Venice Boulevard; Taylor Mac’s The Lily’s Revenge and original musical and dance works created and directed by HERE Co-Founder and Artistic Director Kristin Marting.

11/26/14

collaboration with Debs McCoy on BBC

I’m a big fan of Soundcloud! It’s truly for and about music and connection through music. My favorite connection has been with Debs McCoa lovely, haunting songwriter from England. I had the pleasure of collaborating with her on a track she wrote called The Weight. I recorded many, many tracks of cello which she arranged beautifully. Its a melancholy yearning for sure…

It was chosen to be on   http://freshonthenet.co.uk/2014/11/faves130/
Fresh Faves – chosen by our readers over the weekend and reviewed by Team Freshnet moderator Jim Craigen fromAlternativeFriday.com. You can hear all these tracks in a singleSoundcloud playlist here.

It will also be played on the BBC! 

THE BBC INTRODUCING MIXTAPE

The BBC Introducing Mixtape is a 60 minute radio show and podcast broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music from 2-3am every Sunday night/Monday morning and available as a free download for 30 days at the BBC 6 Music downloads page. Since April 2013 the tracklists and timings for each mixtape have been posted here at Fresh On The Net with links & info for all the artists. For earlier tracklists see the BBC Website.

 

05/24/14

My new record: ThisTree available TODAY on bandcamp!!

Download THISTREE https://leahcoloff.bandcamp.com/

These songs stretch tall like pines dark with sweet prickly needles. Shades of cabaret, horns and old timey stylings create a fearless album about family legacy and finding your place in the world.

Noble Fir, 1996, oil on linen, Robert Lucy

recorded by Marc Urselli at East Side Sound
mixed by Bryce Goggin at Trout Studios
mastered by Fred Kevorkian
horn arrangements by Andy Green
featuring Mathias Kunzli on drums
Dan Willis on Tenor sax/clarinet
Kenny Berger on Alto Flute, Baritone Sax
Mike Fahie on Trombone
Sarth Calhoun on bass
Tony Diodore on banjo

 

05/5/14

ThisTree: Record Release! May 24th 9pm @ Spectrum in NYC

Hi friends!

Please join me Saturday May 24th, 9 pm

I will celebrating the release of my new album ThisTree and playing a show at Spectrum!

Joining me will be: Mathias Kunzli on drums, Tom Swafford on Violin and Alden Banta on horns.

Spectrum 121 Ludlow, floor 2
between Delancey and Rivington: 2 blocks from the F,M,J and Z trains at Essex/Delancey stop. Ring bell for 2.

02/13/14

The Cutting Room: Monday February 24th, 8pm

The Scorchio String Quartet brings to life new works by Beatboxing sensationRahzel, electric tinged jazz pianist/composer Richard Sussman, Emmy Award-winning composer Earl Rose, Klezmer Violinist Alicia Svigals and Scorchio founder/electro-acoustic violist Martha Mooke.

The Cutting Room
44 E 32nd St, New York, New York 10016
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Doors open for drinks/dinner @6:30
Pre Concert Insights with Composers @7:00
Concert @8:00 Tickets $15/adv
($20 door) Students $10 at door with ID


This performance is part of the 2014 Composers Now Festival.

06/2/13

“Multitude” Concert in Milwaukee with Present Music

Last month, I had the pleasure to be a part of Milwaukee’s Present Music ensemble for their Season Finale concert, MULTITUDE.

It was not just a concert, but truly an event with the evening ending in the audience dancing!  The founder, artistic director, and conductor,  Kevin Stalheim has created an anomaly and phenomenon; Present Music manages to regularly bring to their concerts audiences of 600 and they commission pieces that go on to be established repertoire for new music groups around the world.

Reviews!

“Hearne’s “Warning Song” (2006), “Snowball” (2008) and three postmodern cabaret/art songs from his Delusion Story (2011) completed the program. All are mind-bending, transcendent mash-ups of genres. The greatest, most unforgettable performances of the night were by Leah Coloff, who sang Hearne’s most searing songs while ferociously playing the cello part.”                                                           ~ John Schneider, Shepherd Express

Third Coast Daily review by Tom Strini
Journal Sentinel review by Elaine Schmidt
Milwaukee Magazine review by Paul Kosidowski
Shepherd Express review by John Schneider

Multitude Concert: Present Music 2013