Seattle and Brooklyn-based Jessica Lurie is one of the elite artists to come out of the Seattle 1990’s explosion of jazz and improvisational music. An award-winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser, Lurie performs on saxophones, flute, accordion, electronics and voice. Growing up under the influence of an inquisitive musical household and Seattle’s divergent yet cross-over rich music community, she calls on a wide range of musical influences from around the globe as a composer and performer. Known for “melding lyrical pop, stinging rock, rhythmic Eastern European folk music and improvisation-heavy jazz with a dose of free-wheeling avant-groove-meets-grind” (Dan Oulette), her performances are dynamic, full of high energy interaction between band members. 2015 into 2016 has been busy so far for Lurie, with multiple European tours with The Tiptons Saxophone Quartet and as a soloist; ongoing development and groundbreaking performances with the NYC Jewish Afrobeat group Zion80; creative growth with her Ensemble; development of Sephardic music ensemble Sofie Salonika with Katie Down; the founding of improvising funk group Full Fathom Five; and the revitalization of the west coast power trio Living Daylights, with Arne Livingston and Dale Fanning.
As a leader, side-person, composer and collaborator, Jessica is featured on over 60 recordings, and has received critical acclaim from Downbeat, eMusic, Jazz Times, All About Jazz and many other significant publications. Collaborations with international artists include: Fred Frith, Billy Martin, Skerik, John Zorn, Cyro Baptista, OU, Todd Sickafoose, David Krakauer, Bill Frisell, Jenny Scheinman, Chris Cochrane, Henry Butler, Matt Dario, Robert Dick, Jamie Baum, Joe Doria’s McTuff, The Indigo Girls, Mark Ribot, Henry Butler, Eyvind Kang, Karl Denson, Frank London, Allison Miller, Vinicio Caposella, Nels Cline, Amy Denio, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Kenny Wolleson, Sleater Kinney, Bernie Worrell and Ivan Neville among others. She composes for multi-media, dance, theater and film, and has collaborated on over 30 multi-media works with visual artist Danijel Zezelj, theater companies Great Small Works and Circus Amok.