Jessica Lurie

Jessica Lurie
Brooklyn, NY
Poetry, Choral/Vocal Music, Instrumental Music
English, French, Italian, Other
K-12 Schools, Hospital, After School Program, College/University, Community Center, Library
BMI, Orchestra St. Lukes Teaching Artist, Artist Trust, Washington State Touring Artist Roster, International Association of Jazz Educators, The Tiptons Saxophone Quartet LLC, Jessica Lurie Ensemble, Petikat, Circus Amok NYC, Great Small Works Theatre Co., Ayn Sof Bigger Band.

• The Golden Racket, NYC, Brooklyn, Bronx, Coney Island, NY, composer/performer, June 2011 • Griphon, La Fortezza, Montepuliciano Italy, multi-media,composer/performer June 2011 • Frames, Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, multi-media, composer/performer April 2011 • Sukkos Mob with Great Small Works NYC, composer/performer, October 2010 • Once, Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum Pisa, Italy & Zagreb, Croatia, July/August 2010 •Visible Song, 2 week collaborative workshop , combining music composition and visual art created by middle school students. Co-designed by visual artist Danijel Zezelj, July 2009, Seattle, WA. Supported by Seattle Youth Arts & Culture. •Yo! Poetry, combining student generated poetry, music and movement. Co-designed with dancer Carrie Stern, presented April-May 2009, March–May 2010 at PS 3, Brooklyn NY and Feb-May 2011 at MS 131. Sponsored by Brooklyn Arts Council BRIC grant and MS 131. • Jessica Lurie Ensemble: Leader, Composer, Performer. Select recordings: Megaphone Heart (tbr 2011), Shop of Wild Dreams 2009, Tiger!Tiger! 2006, Licorice & Smoke 2005, ZIPA BUKA!, 2002, Motor Bison Serenade, 2000 • The Tiptons Saxophone Quartet & Drums: Co-leader, Composer, Performer. Select recordings: Strange Flower 2010, Laws of Motion 2009, DRIVE 2006, Tsunami 2004 • The Living Daylights Trio: Co-Leader, Composer, Performer. Select recordings: Night of The Living Daylights 2003, Electric Rosary Feat. Bill Frisell 2000, 500 lb. Cat 1998, Falling Down Laughing 1995

• Orchestra St. Lukes, NYC, NY. 2007 – Lead Music Teaching Artist, present, leading and designing classes in music appreciation and composition in coordination with NY State school requirements for grades 3-5. Co-designed the Teaching Artist’s Music Composition Handbook, 2009 and 3 DOE ETSL documents. • RUSK Rehabilitation Center, NYC guest Music Teaching Artist, co-leading workshops on music, poetry and movement with dancer Amy Kail. • Manhattan New Music Project, NYC, NY, 2007-present, leading and assisting classes in saxophone, flute, clarinet and junk percussion, music theory and composition., 6th grade - High School Students. • Private Instructor (Freelance): Saxophone, Flute, Voice, Music Theory – Students of all ages (10 – 60 years) 1995 – Present. • American Composer’s Orchestra, NYC 2010- present. High School Students
I strongly believe that is never “too late” for people to explore in artistic expression, and that it is an essential part of keeping people of all ages active and engaged with life. I have witnessed first hand the positive transformation of workshop participants as they create new works in poetry, music, movement and visual art. Over the past 10 years, I have led workshops on music making, improvisation and composition in music for mixed ages groups (7-65 years) in the US and Europe; co-led music and movement visits at RUSK rehabilitation center in NYC for elderly patients (2010); assisted a Workman’s Circle poetry and music workshop for ages 70-90, Catskills NY (2009); led Professional Development workshop on poetry and music for teachers and administrators (2008 – present); and have worked with Special Needs children in middle school in NYC, Brooklyn and the Bronx (2007-present). Each of these experiences gave me new knowledge of how to better communicate and present exercises in music and the arts for adult participants. I saw participant confidence, independence and leadership, team building, excitement and personal connection to the medium increase during all of the different workshops. On a personal note, both my parents are active in the arts: my mother, 75, teaches poetry and my father is 76 and continues to study and perform classical music that he clearly enjoys and keeps his spirit active. They constantly inspire me that be involved in the arts throughout one’s life is essential and fulfilling.