Leila Bordreuil

Leila Bordreuil is a cellist, composer, improviser and sound artist based in Brooklyn. Her musical language borrows concepts from harsh noise, free-jazz, contemporary-classical and other experimental traditions. 

Driven by a fierce interest in pure sound and inherent texture, Leila challenges conventional cello practice through original extended techniques and extreme amplification methods without effects pedals. 

Her compositions explore psychoacoustic happenings and sound-spatialization through multichannel and site-specific pieces. 

Her musical collaborations are numerous and diverse, and recent collaborators include Bill Nace (Body/Head), Tamio Shiraishi (Fushitutsa), Zach Rowden (Tongue Depressor), Kali Malone, Luke Stewart (Irreversible Entanglements), Susan Alcorn, Ingrid Laubrock, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth)…

Leila was a 2022 artist-in-residence at the GRM, Paris, and is a 2023 artist-in-residence at Les Ateliers Claus, Brussels. Recent commissions include BOZAR Museum (Brussels), the French Embassy at Lincoln Center, The Kitchen, and the French Alliance at Issue Project Room.