Jessica Lurie Ensemble @ 2015 Earshot Jazz Festival

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JESSICA LURIE’S INSTANT LIGHT QUARTET
Jessica Lurie: saxophone, flute, accordion, voice, compositions
Bill Horist : guitar and electronics
Rene Hart: bass and electronics
Tarik Abouzied: drums
special guest Alex Guy on violin

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. In fact, 2015 has been a watershed year for Lurie, with multiple European tours with The Tiptons Sax Quartet and as a soloist, ongoing development and groundbreaking performances with the NYC Jewish Afrobeat group Zion80 - Carlebach meets Fela, creative growth with her Ensemble, the founding of improvising funk group Full Fathom Five, and the revitalization of the Living Daylights with Arne Livingston and Dale Fanning.

At this year’s Earshot Jazz Festival, she presents her Instant Light Ensemble. The name of the group and many of her new compositions are inspired by polaroids and memoirs by Russian film director Andrei Tarkovsky.
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