Bass unchained
Angelica Negron
Florent Ghys
Wil Smith
Jenny Olivia Johnson
Lorna Dune
Eleonore Oppenheim
Catalog Number: 
new classical
double bass

New York, NY

Release Date: 
May 27, 2016
1 CD
HomeiTunes Artist's PageiTunes Album Page
Song TitleTimePrice
1.La Isla Mágica08:05$0.99
3.Heavy Beating07:31$0.99
5.Home (Lorna Dune Remix)04:56$0.99
One Sheet: 

Home, the debut solo album from bassist Eleonore Oppenheim, is a musical core sample in which each track represents a different approach to the double bass as a modern solo instrument, and to the ways in which it can interact with electronic media. By turns glitchy and pure, gritty and shimmering, Home releases the bass from its traditional obligations and takes the listener on a surprising, unfettered journey through several strata of sound which explore the breadth of the instrument’s emotional and physical range. This album is part of a years-long collaborative commissioning project that Oppenheim embarked on in 2006, that includes works by some of today’s most innovative and original early- to mid-career composers. Not beholden to any one style, all of the pieces draw from a variety of influences, from noise rock to jazz and synth pop. Several of the pieces also incorporate Oppenheim’s unadorned, folky voice, which blends and dialogues with the bass, acting both as another texture and as an offshoot of the instrument.

“Quietly virtuosic” (Alan Kozinn, the New York Times) double bassist and electric bassist Eleonore Oppenheim has a reputation as both a valued ensemble player and an engaging soloist. Her “…subtle expressivity” and “…particular eloquence” (Joshua Kosman, the San Francisco Chronicle) have made her a worthy collaborator for composers of her generation, and through these relationships she has built a rich repertoire of solo pieces. Eleonore has performed and recorded with a variety of different artists and groups, among them the Philip Glass Ensemble, Tyondai Braxton, Bang on a Can, Wordless Music Orchestra, Meredith Monk, My Brightest Diamond, Signal Ensemble, Steve Reich, Jonny Greenwood, and the “All-star, all-female quintet” (Time Out New York) Victoire, of which she is a member.  


"optimistic - positive - engaging - fresh composers - lovely performances - music for smiling - music for feeling - music for being. Eleonore Oppenheim’s disc Home, is a must hear, must own recording. Don’t wait!  Do it NOW!” — ROBERT BLACK, bassist


Home is a nice compendium of different styles, voices, and approaches to writing for the bass, and Oppenheim’s performances do each composition justice. It’s clear she approached each piece with care and consideration; her performances brought out the strengths of each composition, and I’m truly looking forward to what she does next. [FULL ARTICLE]Jay Derderian



"True, albums of newly recorded commissions and collaborations can feel they belong more to the collective of composers than the performer. If such, consider Oppenheim a curator of possibilities as her debut solo recording is a stunning collection of new electroacoustic works." [FULL ARTICLE] - Andy Jurik


 If “Home” chronicles the perilous journey, this is the joyful reunion of friends and family. Although this is the album of a bassist, this is not merely for those who appreciate the low end of sound. These are excellent compositions that would appeal to most who like finely crafted music. [FULL ARTICLE]