JESSICA LURIE ENSEMBLE
Samples from MEGAPHONE HEART:
A Million Pieces All In One:
Jessica Lurie skillfully weaves elements of jazz, soul, folk, rock, and world music into a constantly surprising musical tapestry. Lurie, a virtuosic saxophonist, flautist, and vocalist, boasts an equally rich and personal tone on all three instruments. With MEGAPHONE HEART, her newest recording, composer and multi-instrumentalist JESSICA LURIE and her Ensemble are poised between creative jazz, rock, folk and avant-garde music, generating a luscious and compelling sea of sound. An adventurous musical spirit shines through ten original compositions, with Lurie’s unmistakable big sound on tenor and alto saxes, flute, and her distinctive voice. Inspired by life in Brooklyn, traveling the world, and her love of American and international melodies and rhythms, this is her strongest collection of songs yet.
The Jessica Lurie Ensemble is internationally touring group includes many well known artists on the jazz and alternative music scenes. Current New York line-up features Todd Sickafoose on acoustic bass (Ani DiFranco), Allison Miller on drums (Brandi Carlyle, Ani DiFranco), Erik Deutsch on keyboard (Shooter Jennings,Charlie Hunter), and Brandon Seabrook on banjo and guitar (Frank London, Naftule’s Dream). Other regular guests include Will Bernard (gtr), Scott Amendola (dr), Jon Evans (bs), Nels Cline (gtr) and Julie Wolf (pn), Robert Kainar (dr) Zeno de Rossi (dr), Danilo Gallo (bs), and Giorgio Pacorig (pn).
I Don’t Care If I Don’t Care
The Usual Things
The Place That You Come From
Shop Of Wild Dreams
Trauma & Discourse 2
Live Music + Live Painting
Since 1998 Jessica Lurie and visual artist Danijel Zezelj have created a series of multimedia performances that merge live music with live painting. Executed simultaneously on the stage, music and painting are interactively built upon each other and structured around the narrative line. The timing and rhythm of the music create the atmosphere of a shadow play slowly unfolding in front of the audience.The painting is gradually evolving from abstract into figurative, and blending with the music towards the narrative climax. The music is composed as well as improvised, echoing the chaos of urban noise combined with precisely structured melodies. It is deeply rooted in jazz with strong influences from blues, klezmer and eastern european music. Variations of these multi-media performances continue to be presented at festivals and in clubs, theaters, galleries, churches and squats throughout Europe and the USA.
Their latest project CUORE is a collaboration with internationally acclaimed videographer Marco Mollinelli involving live music, video and painting, with toy theatre sets and live sound manipulation. CUORE was developed in 2011 in Brooklyn and Montepulciano, Italy and will be next performed in Zagreb, Croatia at the Noir Festival May 26, 2012 and plans are in the works to bring it to performance spaces worldwide in 2012-13.
CUORE video link: http://vimeo.com/38276098
To view the video of the performance entitled The Shop of Wild Dreams, please go to:
For Mac: http://www.dzezelj.com/multimedia/the_shop_of_wild_dreams.mov
For PC: http://www.dzezelj.com/multimedia/the_shop_of_wild_dreams.divx
THE TIPTONS SAX QUARTET & DRUMS: Covering genres from micro big band, gospel, bluegrass, and Balkan to whimsical jazz and nocturnal funk, don’t miss this driving force of horn splendor!
THE TIPTONS are a saxophone quartet with drums, based in New York and Seattle. The group features Jessica Lurie and Amy Denio, original members and lead composers of the internationally renowned Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet (BTMSQ), along with Sue Orfield, Tina Richerson and drummers Chris Stromquist (Slavic Soul Party, Kultur Shock) or Robert Kainar. The TIPTONS are an active internationally touring ensemble. BTMSQ was originally founded in 1988, named in honor of big band saxophonist and pianist Billy Tipton, following the post-mortem revelation that Tipton was actually a woman who lived as a man for more than 50 years. Many believe that this allowed Tipton to pursue a career in the male-dominated world of jazz. Not to be bound by convention, the Tiptons similarly do their own thing. With a repertoire that ranges from New Orleans “second – line” to jazz, Afro-Cuban to Balkan, klezmer and beyond, the Tiptons create some of the wildest sounds ever to come out of a sax quartet. Their dynamic, playful concerts feature high-energy interaction between members, and a repertoire that touches on soulful music from around the world.
Yugo A Go Go
La Buya is a high-energy horn and percussion band with a repertoire of original jazz, funk & groove music juxtaposed with traditional latin tunes. The music combines the melodic and percussive horns lines of Cocheme’a Costella (alto sax, bass clarinet) and Jessica Lurie (alto and tenor sax, flute) with the dynamic afro-cuban influences of percussionists Isabel Pupo-Walker and Neil Ochoa and drummer Chris Stromquist. Linked together by the rich tones of Alvaro Benavides’ electric bass and Aaron Halva’s tres guitar, the horns and percussion weave to create danceable grooves and improvisations. All of the players in La Buya are nationally and internationally recognized in the jazz, funk and groove scenes and have a long history of performing together in various ensembles. The combined star power of the individual members and the creative energy of the whole band is sure to fill a room and keep it moving.
Their self -titled CD will be released Summer 2012! Keep your ears open for it!
“A core-burning fusion-reaction trio powered by drummer Dale Fanning and bassist Arne Livingston and shooting off licks of flame from alto saxophonist Jessica Lurie, Living Daylights has a lot more wattage than the usual pallid jam band. They get their jazz-rock groove on, but with a little outer-Balkan edge.” Mark Fefer, The Stranger
“Hard-driving, steamy and funky jazz is what Seattle’s latest power trio, Living Daylights, is all about… [their] energy level falls somewhere between Nirvana and the Charlie Hunter Quartet.” Larry Kelp, San Francisco Chronicle
Seattle’s LIVING DAYLIGHTS features Jessica Lurie (alto/tenor sax, flute), Arne Livingston (electric bass) and Dale Fanning (drums). This explosive jazz trio toured extensively in the US and in Europe 1995-2004, mixing the fun of funk and soul-jazz grooves with the edgy punch and teeth of the avant-garde. They have shared the stage with the likes of John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Critters Buggin, Groove Collective, Morphine, Wayne Shorter, Maceo Parker, Soul Live, Deep Banana Blackout, producer Lee Townsend and many others in the jazz/jam band community. Their combination of saxophone, bass and drums gave the audience a live experience like few others – one moment relaxed and grooving, one moment with a sax attack that will knock you backwards. In 2003 they released Night of the Living Daylights, a live disk recorded in Seattle as a follow -up to their previously acclaimed three studio disks. As of January 2005 they have been collaborating with Hammond B-3 organist Joe Doria, expanding and taking their sound to greater heights and even deeper grooves.
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