Brooklyn-based instrumentalist Jessica Lurie performs on saxophones, flute, accordion and voice, well known for her creative mixing of funk, jazz, and world music with an avant-garde approach. She co-leaders and composers for her Ensemble, the Tiptons Saxophone Quartet, and performed or recorded with artists such as Bill Frisell, The Indigo Girls, Mark Ribot, Todd Sickafoose, Frank London, Vinicio Caposella, Nels Cline, Kenny Wolleson, Ivan Neville, Chuck D., Steven Berstein, James Blood Ulmer and David Krakauer.
Lurie composes for The Jessica Lurie Ensemble, Ayn Sof Bigger Band, La Buya, The Hands Down, Balkan-punk Romeo Studs, Great Small Works Theatre Co. and Circus Amok, receiving grant funding for composition, performance and mixed-media workshops Visible Song and Yo!Poetry. Since 1995, Lurie has co-created over fifteen multi-media works presented internationally with visual artist Danijel Zezelj. A 2007 Sundance Film Composer’s Fellow, Lurie created soundtracks for animated shorts A Different Bunny, Fibonacci Bread, No Sleep Won’t Kill You and is currently composing for the documentary Gorgona. Lurie is part of over 40 international releases as a co-leader and collaborator, and is releasing MEGAPHONE HEART, her fifth CD as a leader, in April 2012.
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.