Gina Leishman, piano, vocals, accordion, glass
Charlie Burnham, violin
Doug Wieselman, clarinets
Marika Hughes, cello
Recorded May 2009 and May 2010, mixed Sept/Oct. 2010, by John Kilgore & Gina Leishman at JKSR
Mastered by Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering
This began as Vol.3 of the Leishman Songbook, completing the trilogy (with BED TIME and IN MY SKIN), but it has turned out as much instrumental as vocal - although as always, narrative based - but this time from the chamber music corner of Leishman's imagination. Searching for transparency, and taking great pleasure in the quartet, the music is introspective, beautiful but strange, crystalline with a core of steel. Cinema for the ears.
“some kind of masterpiece” – Marc Ribot
“not only a wonderful composer and performer, she is also a rare singer capable of conveying the deepest emotion with utter precision while never giving in to sentimentality” – barbesbrooklyn.com
Trks 1, 4, 5 & 6 were written in Studio 20, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga CA
Trk 2 originated in Burning Dreams, an opera in two acts, libretto by Julie Hebert & Octavio Solis, commissioned & directed by Sam Woodhouse
Trks 3 &16 originated in the plays of Joan Schirle
Trks 11 & 12 originated in the plays of Ellen McLaughlin
Trks 12 &14 originated in plays directed by Lisa Peterson
from Mariam Webster:
Pentimento - a reappearance in a painting of a design which has been painted over. [Etymology: Italian, literally, repentance, correction, from pentire to repent, from Latin paenitere]
Composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer Gina Leishman was born in England, studied music at the Vienna Conservatory and Edinburgh University, and made her home in the U.S., first on the west coast, then in New York. She has written for theater, opera, dance, film, TV and concert stage, garnering numerous awards
Ms. Leishman is co-leader of the septet KAMIKAZE GROUND CREW, which has been performing and recording together for 20 years, on both coasts of the US and in Europe. Their recordings can be found on both Koch Jazz and New World Records (and at CDBaby!) Members of the ensemble are Gina Leishman (co-leader, alto and bari sax, bass clarinet, keys, vocals), Doug Wieselman (co-leader, clarinets, sax), Peter Apfelbaum (tenor sax), Steven Bernstein (trumpet, slide trumpet), Art Baron (trombone), Marcus Rojas (tuba), and Kenny Wollesen (drums).
She also co-leads the MR. WAU-WA band, a quintet dedicated to the songs of Bertolt Brecht, for which she is the chief arranger and lead singer. She performs with infrequent regularity as a solo artist and with various other diverse downtown projects, as well as sitting in as occasional guest vocalist/arranger with Steven Bernstein's Millenial Territory Orchestra.
Considering herself more of a "musician who sings", rather than a "singer" per se, music has always been for her primarily about story telling, even when purely instrumental, something that has been fed by her many years of working in the theatre. She also considers songwriting "cheaper than therapy, and a lot more fun". While her instrumental compositions have been influenced by everything from Palestrina to pointillism, her vocal work harkens back to the American balladeers of the '30s through '50s, with a heavy dose of dark European angst.
"one of New York's most versatile composers" - Time Out
"...Leishman stole the show" - New York Times
"an inspired composer" - S.F. Chronicle