Helen Gillet / Jessica Lurie
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 8-10pm
29 Church St.
(Flute, Saxophone, Noise Makers) is a multi-instrumentalist performer, composer, producer, teaching and recording artist, based in Brooklyn, NY and Seattle, WA. She leads her own band, and co-leads the Tiptons Sax Quartet & Drums, the Living Daylights trio, Sephardic group Sofie Salonika, Ethiopian-inspired jazz group Freethiopiques and the improvising Slingshot duo. She is a Sundance Composers’ Fellow, regularly nominated in Downbeat’s “Rising Star for Alto Sax” poll, most recently in 2021.
She is known as a composer and performer for her love of exploring a wide range of musical influences, including folk, funk, rhythmic Eastern European folk music and improvisation-heavy jazz with a dose of free-wheeling avant-groove-meets-grind.
She performs internationally, and as a composer has received support from South Arts Jazz Roads; Brooklyn Jews; NEA; BRIC; Meet The Composer; Artslink; Earshot Jazz; 4Culture; MidAtlantic Foundation, including commissions from the Percussia Ensemble, Sound Symposium Festival (Nova Scotia), Circus Amok, Great Small Works, Drama of Works and Pioneers Go East. Jessica has eight solo albums with her Jessica Lurie Ensemble, fourteen albums with The Tiptons and five albums with Living Daylights as a member & lead composer, receiving critical acclaim in Billboard, Downbeat, NYTimes, Jazz Times, LA Weekly, national and international radio. Recent performances and/or recordings include international artists such as John Zorn, Devotchka, Taylor Mac, John Stewart, Sleater Kinney, Helen Gillet, Fred Frith, Bill Frisell, Henry Butler, Indigo Girls, Mark Ribot, Frank London, Allison Miller, and Nels Cline of Wilco among others. She is currently working on a new Jessica Lurie Ensemble recording for a Fall 2023 release.