Double Bassist Eleonore Oppenheim recently completed
her graduate studies at the Yale
University School of Music and just finished touring with the Philip Glass Ensemble as part of "book of longing. "
She is dedicated to playing new works by living
composers from a variety of genres, and has commissioned and premiered
a wide range of pieces for the double bass by young and emerging
composers including Jenny Olivia Johnson, Florent Ghys, Douglas Fisk,
Wil Smith, Missy Mazzoli, and Eric km Clark.
appeared onstage at the Spoleto USA Festival, the Bang on a Can Summer
Festival at Mass MoCA, the Ravinia Festival, the Luminato Festival
(Toronto), the Symphony in a Barn Festival (Durham, Ontario), the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Norfolk, CT), and the
Ear Department Festival at Merkin Hall and the Lincoln Center Festival
in her hometown of New York City.
In addition to performing a multitude of different
types of music, she writes her own music, sometimes for solo and
multitracked double bass, sometimes for chamber ensembles and other
collections of instruments. In her pieces for solo bass, she
tries to use every part of the instrument, bowing, plucking and using
the body of the bass as a percussion instrument. her writing
reflects her love of music from disparate sources; the child of jazz
musicians, eleonore grew up saturated in everything from early bebop,
free jazz and soul to salsa, classical music, klezmer and
traditional music from India and West Africa.
She has played with numerous chamber ensembles as
well as sharing a stage with Meredith Monk, Edgar Meyer, and Dan Zanes
among others. She also performs with Georgia/New York-based
bands the Instruments, Victrola, Rusty Limited Co., and Passenger Fish.