"Variations On Breathing"

Pascal Le Boeuf - pianist, composer, music production

JeanCarlo Ramirez - cinematographer, video production

Kate Vrijmoet - painter

Katy Short - improvised movement

How can we embrace our true selves amid an ocean of false social constructs and unconscious biases? Borrowing from Vrijmoet’s “Non-Ordinary Reality” painting series and Le Boeuf's compositions for prepared piano, “Variations on Breathing” leads the viewer from the deep sleep of unknowing through a physical and moral struggle to free the self. Metaphors for transformation are explored through the lens of Ramirez's immersive maximalist cinematography, improvised movement, the shedding of aqueous skin, and the transition from full immersion in water to surfacing for air.

Produced by the National YoungArts Foundation


feat. Le Boeuf Brothers + JACK Quartet

Pascal Le Boeuf - Piano/Composer
Remy Le Boeuf - Alto Sax
Ben Wendel - Tenor Sax
Ben Street - Bass
Justin Brown - Drums
Ari Streisfeld - Violin
Christopher Otto - Violin
John Pickford Richards- Viola
Kevin McFarland - Cello

Produced by Pascal & Remy Le Boeuf
Recorded by Andy Taub at Brooklyn Recording
Mixed by Dave Darlington & Pascal Le Boeuf
Mastered by Dave Darlington
Video by Simon Yu


"Alkalinity is the name given to the quantitative capacity of an aqueous solution to neutralize an acid. Measuring alkalinity is important in determining a stream's ability to neutralize acidic pollution from rainfall or wastewater. It is one of the best measures of the sensitivity of the stream to acid inputs. There can be long-term changes in the alkalinity of streams and rivers in response to human disturbances."

What is the tipping point at which a system is no longer able to recover balance? This composition uses alkalinity as a metaphor for our society's ability to neutralize racial injustice. It has been a challenging process to respond to this struggle with sound. I have chosen to do so by expressing the emotional atmosphere many of us experience in response to this issue and through the abstract representation of disparate ideas violently attempting to achieve balance by any means into a cohesive union. This struggle continues throughout the piece both at a structural level represented by switching between highly notated and freely improvised sections, and at an orchestrational level by dividing the ensemble into subgroups that interact with each other but in disparate traditions. The result is a forced cohesion that remains unstable and is never quite resolved.


"GIRLS" by composer Pascal Le Boeuf is the opening track on the RighteousGIRLS debut album "gathering blue," released July 10 on Panoramic/New Focus Recordings.

Gina Izzo - Flute / Erika Dohi - Piano

"W.A.I.T.T." (We're All in This Together)

Written, Produced, recorded, and mixed by Pascal Le Boeuf

Drums by Justin Brown

Words by Jane Resnick

Additional drums recorded and mixed at The Bunker Studio by John Davis

Video by Simon C.F. Yu

"Calgary Clouds"

A collaborative music video between Animator Elliot Lobell and Le Boeuf Brothers.

For more info: LeBoeufBrothers.com vimeo.com/elliotlobell