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Leaha Maria Villarreal

Los Angeles, CA   

With works described as “visceral” (Lucid Culture), “propulsive” (Bachtrack) and “austere” (New Music Box), composer Leaha Maria Villarreal’s output includes music for dance, film, opera, and the concert hall.

She has worked with organizations and ensembles such as Beth Morrison Projects and the Los Angeles Philharmonic; ETHEL and Friends concert series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; andPlay; JACK Quartet; Contemporaneous; Nouveau Classical Project; and TRANSIT New Music, among others. Villarreal earned a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego under the tutelage of Roger Reynolds, Steven Kazuo Takasugi, and Chinary Ung, with an M.M. from New York University where she studied with Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe. She is a co-founder of contemporary music ensemble Hotel Elefant and a Jerome Fund for New Music recipient, with residencies at Banff Centre and Exploring the Metropolis. She also taught composition with New York Philharmonic’s Very Young Composers Bridge Program. Villarreal is currently pursuing a D.M.A. at the University of Southern California.


Commissioned by Hotel Elefant

Domenica Fossati, flutes; Christa van Alstine, bass clarinet; Andie Tanning Springer, violin; Caleb van der Swaagh, cello

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The Warmth of Other Suns

Performed by Andie Tanning Springer, violin & electronics

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