Gina Leishman

Composer, Multi-instrumentalist, and Singer

Selected Compositions

Opera:

VAGABOND, based on the life of Isabelle Eberhardt, in development with the Duffy Institute of New Opera, Virginia Arts Festival (2017/18)

ACTAEON, Part One of Paul Zimet’s Black Milk Quartet, premiered at La Mama E.T.C., New York City (1998), subsequent production at Ohio Theater, New York City (2000)

BURNING DREAMS, full-length opera based on Calderon de la Barca’s La Vida Es Un Sueno, libretto by Octavio Solis and Julie Hebert, directed by Sam Woodhouse. Commissioned through Meet The Composer/Rockefeller/AT&T Jazz Program, premiered at San Diego Repertory Theater (1994)

Orchestra:

EGG OF THE MOON score for the Bay Area Women’s Philharmonic Orchestra (1989-1990)

CHORALES FOR AMERICA, a jazz suite, commissioned by the Bay Area Jazz Composers Orchestra (1988)

Chamber works:

Large body of miscellaneous songs for solo voice and mixed ensemble (1995-2014)

OUTER REACHES, duets for tuba and glass tiers (2003)

BURNING DREAMS, song cycle (1998)

MENORCA QUARTET, string quartet (1994)

ISABELLE EBERHARDT, song cycle (1994-96)

LOST IN LIFE, solo piano (1985)

Recordings as soloist:

BASELESS RUMORS – Sixteen pieces for mixed ensemble (GCQ Records, 2011)

IN MY SKIN – Twelve songs for voice and mixed ensemble (GCQ Records 2007)

BED TIME – Twelve songs for voice and mixed ensemble (GCQ Records 2004)

O MISTRESS MINE – Songs & incidental music for the plays of William Shakespeare (GCQ Records 2004)

LOST IN LIFE – works for piano solo (GCQ Records,1985)

Works for/Recordings with Kamikaze Ground Crew:

PORTRAITS, commissioned by the Doris Duke Foundation through Chamber Music America: A seven-movement suite in honour of KGC’s 20th anniversary. Premiered at the San Francisco Jazz Festival and Seattle Earshot Jazz Festival, November 2006

POSTCARDS FROM THE HIGH WIRE (Busmeat Records, 2007) including:

  • Love-Go-Round – commissioned by Sudwest Rundfunk for Donaueschingen Musiktage (2000)
  • Habaneras 1, 2 & 3
  • O Mistress Mine

COVERS (Koch Jazz, 2000) including arrangements of:

  • Tierkreis #7 & #12 (Karlheinz Stockhausen)
  • Morning In Bhutan (traditional Tibetan)
  • Easter Sunday (Bertolt Brecht/Hanns Eisler)
  • Epilogue (David Hidalgo)

Hungarian March from Damnation of Faust for Berlioz Bi-Centenary Celebration, Joe’s Pub, New York City (2003)

MADAM MARIE’S TEMPLE OF KNOWLEDGE (New World Records, 1993) including:

  • Cowboys
  • Blue Lake Dances
  • Tears And Tango
  • Baby Doll Lounge
  • Homage Au Soleil

THE SCENIC ROUTE (New World Records, 1991) including:

  • Chorales For America
  • Diamonds Are Just Glass
  • March Of The Floties
  • Fred And Rick Have Tea

KAMIKAZE GROUND CREW (Busmeat Records, 1985, re-issued Koch Jazz, 1997) including:

  • Blue Wheels
  • Rearranging The Deckchairs On The Titanic
  • What?
Music for Theater (original scores with place and date of premiere, unless otherwise indicated):

texts&beheadings/ElizabethR, base on the life and writings of Queen Elizabeth I, adapted and directed by Karin Conrad for Compagnia de’ Colombari, premiered at the Folger Theater, Washington D.C. and BAM’s Next Wave Festival (2015).

ORFEO IN ORVIETO, based on Monteverdi’s Orfeo, adapted and directed by Karin Coonrod for Compagnia de’ Colombari. Premiered in Palazzo Simoncelli, Orvieto, Italy (2014)

THE WORLD IS ROUND IS ROUND IS ROUND, after Gertrude Stein, adapted and directed by Karin Coonrod for Compagnia de’ Colombari. Premiered at Arts, Letters & Numbers, The Mill, Averill Park NY (2013); workshop production at Colgate Universtiy (2012)

SEPTIMUS & CLARISSA, after Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, adapted by Ellen McLaughlin, directed by Rachel Dickstein, with Ripe Time. Premiered at Baruch Performing Arts Center, NYC (2011) (Drama Desk Award nomination); workshop production at CSC, NYC (2010)

ROMEO AND JULIET by William Shakespeare, directed by Shana Cooper. Yale Repertory Theater (2011)

UNCIVIL WARS: MOVING WITH BRECHT AND EISLER, after Roundheads and Peakheads by Bertolt Brect and Hanns Eisler, directed and choreographed by David Gordon. Music Director, arranger and performer. Peak Performances Montclair NJ & Walker Arts Center Minneapolis MS (2009), The Kitchen NYC (2007)

21 POSITIONS: A Cartographic Dream of the Middle East, by Abdelfattah Abusrour, Lisa Schleisinger & Naomi Wallace, directed by Lisa Peterson. Fordham Lincoln Center (2008)

ORESTES by Euripedes, translated by Anne Carson, directed by David Esbjornson. 92nd St.Y (2007)

MOTHER COURAGE by Bertolt Brecht, directed by Lisa Peterson. La Jolla Playhouse and Berkeley Repertory Theater (2006) Critics Circle Awards

AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare, directed by Jonathan Moscone. California Shakespeare (2006)

FLOCK, with Joan Schirle and Skip Mercier. Dell Arte, CA (2005)

OEDIPUS THE KING by Sophocles, adapted by Ellen McLaughlin, directed by Lisa Peterson. Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis MS (2005)

ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL by William Shakespeare, directed by Lisa Peterson. California Shakespeare (2004)

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING by William Shakespeare, directed by Peter Dubois. California Shakespeare (2003)

A FEAST OF FOOLS, with Geoff Hoyle. Original score & performer. Marines Memorial Theater, San Francisco (2003) Premiered at La Jolla Playhouse (2002) Critics Circle Award

THE FOURTH SISTER by Jan Glowacki, directed by Lisa Peterson. Vineyard Theater, New York City (2002)

A WINTER’S TALE by William Shakespeare, directed by Lisa Peterson. California Shakespeare (2002)

HELEN by Ellen McLaughlin, directed by Tony Kushner. New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater (2002)

TWELFTH NIGHT by William Shakespeare, directed by Jonathan Moscone. California Shakespeare (2001)

CYMBELINE by William Shakespeare, directed by Daniel Fish. California Shakespeare (2001)

SOME-KIND-OF-WIND-IN-THE-WILLOWS, adapted from Kenneth Grahame by David Gordon. A.C.T. San Francisco (2000)

LOVE’S LABOURS LOST by William Shakespeare, directed by Lisa Peterson. California Shakespeare (2000) Critics Circle Award

TONGUE OF A BIRD by Ellen McLaughlin, directed by Lisa Peterson. New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater and Mark Taper Forum (1999). Premiered Intiman Theater Seattle, (1997)

ALICE: TALES OF A CURIOUS GIRL, adapted from Lewis Carroll by Karen Hartman, directed by Jonathan Moscone. Dallas Theater Center (1999)

A TALE WE TOLD THE QUEEN ON THE FOURTH DAY OF OUR JOURNEY FROM THE EAST, written and directed by Rinde Eckert. University of Iowa (1999)

THE IMAGINARY INVALID by Moliere, directed by Mark Rucker. Yale Repertory Theatre (1999)

SALT by Migdalia Cruz, directed by Loretta Greco. Actors Studio Free Theater, New York City (1998)

THE WEAVE, written and directed by Joan Schirle. Dell’Arte CA (1998)

THERESE RAQUIN, adapted by Neal Bell, directed by David Esbjornson. Soundscore with Rinde Eckert. Classic Stage Company, New York City (1998) Drama Desk Award nomination

GLASS MENAGERIE by Tennessee Williams, directed by Jonathan Moscone. Portland Stage Company (1997)

FIRMAMENT, written and directed by Joseph Chaikin. Soundscore with J.A.Deane. La Mama E.T.C., New York City (1995)

THE YELLOW KID (1995) by Brian Faker & Bliss Kolb, collaborative score with Doug Wieselman. Annex Theater, Seattle (1995)

IPHIGENIA & OTHER DAUGHTERS by Ellen McLaughlin, directed by David Esbjornson. Classic Stage Company, New York City (1995) and Chautauqua NY (1997)

ACT WITHOUT WORDS by Samuel Beckett, directed by Tony Taccone. Berkeley Repertory Theater, 1994

THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV by Paul Magid, directed by Daniel Sullivan. Collaborative score with Doug Wieselman. Seattle Repertory Theater & Arena Stage, D.C. (1993)

FEAR OF FALLING, written & directed by Dell’Arte. Humboldt State University (1991) Critics Circle Award

LEARNED LADIES by Moliere, directed by Richard Seyd Classic Stage Company, New York City (1991) and A.C.T., San Francisco (1993) Critics Circle Award

DON QUIXOTE DE LA JOLLA by Eric Overmeyer, directed by Stan Woyawodski. La Jolla Playhouse (1990)

SLAPSTICK, written & directed by Dell’Arte. Arhus International Theater Festival, Denmark (1989)

UTTERANCE IN THE FIRMAMENT, written and directed by Joseph Chaikin. San Francisco State University (1989)

MEASURE FOR MEASURE by William Shakespeare, directed by Richard E.T. White. Berkeley Shakespeare Festival (1989)

ANIMAL NATION, by Steve Friedman, with Dell’Arte, directed by Sam Woodhouse. San Diego Repertory Theater (1989)

UBU UNCHAINED, from Alfred Jarry, directed by Tony Taccone. Eureka Theater, San Francisco (1988)

CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens, directed by Michael Addison. San Diego Repertory Theater (1988)

ALMOST ASLEEP, written & directed by Julie Hebert. Intersection Theater for the Arts, San Francisco (1988)

RED NOSES by Peter Barnes, with Dell’Arte, directed by Sam Woodhouse. San Diego Repertory Theater (1988) Critics Circle Award

Dance/Performance:

UNCIVIL WARS: Moving with Brecht & Eisler. Based on Roundheads and Pointheads by Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler, edited, choreographed & directed by David Gordon. Arranger, music director, musician and actor. The Kitchen, New York City (2007); The Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, & Peak Performances, Montclair NJ (2009)

VELVETEEN RABBIT, for Oberlin Dance Collective/San Francisco. Songs for evening-length ballet, premiered at Kennedy Center (1996)

ALLIGATOR TALES, by Anne Galjour (1990)

DIED SUDDENLY, score for the 1989 Cocteau Centenary, with Deborah Slater & Julie Hebert, commissioned by the Los Angeles City Arts Council & Severin Wunderin Museum (1989)

SLEEP TIGHT, musical score (with Doug Wieselman) for Laughing Moon Theater, Seattle (1989)

Radio:

ALMOST ASLEEP, soundscore for the radio play by Julie Hebert, commissioned by the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art (1989)

Film:

SWAY LAKE, by Ethan and Ari Gold