Eleonor Sandresky writes music that Allan Kozinn of The New York Times decribes as “lovely, but enigmatic,” that TimeOut NY pronounces as having “ever-varying qualities of touch, register and intensity,” The Village Voice reports is “witty, liberating“ and that Leonard Lehrman of AUFBAU hails as “beautiful.” Her work encompasses music for virtuoso soloists and large ensembles, cabaret, art songs, and evening-length collaborations. Her music was featured in the short film Fault, that opened at Cannes in May 2004. Her music can be heard on Koch International, One Soul Records, ERM Media’s Masterworks of the New Era series, and Albany Records. Eleonor has been a composer-in-residence at STEIM in Amsterdam, at The MacDowell Colony, and at the festival in Hvar, Croatia. Recent premieres include excerpts from Phenomenon 2: etudes, for piano and electronics by the composer, Suite for String Quartet, by Ethel in NYC, and Voyelles, a part of the Innocence Lost: Debussy-Berg Project. Her music has been featured at major venues on three continents, from the Philadelphia Fringe Festival to the Totally Huge New Music Festival in Perth, Australia. She has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, Jerome Foundation, ASCAP, American Music Center, and Meet the Composer. Working at the forefront of avant-garde concert-as-theater, Eleonor has reinvented herself as a Choreographic Pianist with her evening-length composition, A Sleeper’s Notebook, that she premiered at The Kitchen as a part of the Keyboard Summit in 2003. In it she explores her deep interest in how motion translates to emotion through sound, a hyper-emotional experience for the audience and the performer. Michele Branwen of HoustonArts, remarks that “Her vision has a freshness and unusualness that has become rare in the avant-garde scene, and her delivery is captivating and true.” One of New York’s pre-eminent new music pianists, with performances and premieres of new works by a wide range of composers from Steve Reich, Egberto Gismonti, and Don Byron to Eve Beglarian, Philip Glass and David Lang, she has recorded for CRI, Nonesuch, One Soul Records, New World Records, Mode Records, and Orange Mountain Music, and has played concerts throughout the world.
The project Eleonor is working on during her Swing Space residency is a series of works that are based on sound phenomena, entitled Phenomenon 2: no one wants to meet in real life anymore, for violin, electric guitar and contrabass flute and electronics with video and choreography. The piece uses a sensor triggering system that allows the performers to interact with the electronics directly, controlling the pace of the work through choreography since the sensors are attached to the body.