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Julie Joslyn

JULIE JOSLYN (Alto saxophone, live electronics, violin, vocals) is a native New Yorker. She is the co-founder of the avantjazz duo, ICONOCLAST. Joslyn has played with the Indian-influenced rock quintet Church of Betty, and can be heard on MacLean and Ponomarenko's album "Music Without Computers" and as guest screamer on Doctor Nerve's "Skin." Joslyn studied for a number of years with soprano saxophonist and composer Jane Ira Bloom. In addition, she is a practicing psychoanalyst and painter.

For More information about Julie Joslyn please consult The Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians by Lewis Porter: http://www.jazz.com/encyclopedia/joslyn-julie

ICONOCLAST is a duo from New York City comprised of Julie Joslyn (alto saxophone, live electronics, violin, vocals) and Leo Ciesa (drums, percussion, keyboards, vocals). Ciesa and Joslyn have been composing and performing together since 1987 and have developed a bold and distinctive sound. ICONOCLAST's music and performance is known for its intensity, physicality and "larger than duo" impact. Acoustic and electronic sounds exist side by side as the music moves between improvisation and composition without stylistic limitation.As a review in "Culture Catch" states "Falling in the cracks between genres, sounding like nobody else on the scene, Joslyn and Ciesa have carved out a brave nich for themselves as Iconoclast."

ICONOCLAST has performed extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Ciesa and Joslyn have also performed at numerous renowned festivals, including the Jazz Od Nowa Festival in Torun, Poland; Avantgarde Jazz Festival in Imola, Italy; Audio Art Festival in Krakow, Poland; Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary; International Ring Ring Festival in Belgrade, Serbia; Pohyb-Zvuk-Prostor Festival in the Czech Republic; II Festiwal Muzyka z Mozgu in Bydgoszcz, Poland; Interzone International Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia; The Humanisticni Maraton in Slovenia; The DUMBO Arts Festival, Festival of Women Improvisers and NYU Independent Music Fest, in New York City. ICONOCLAST has been featured on various radio and television programs worldwide. Joslyn and Ciesa have done numerous radio and television interviews as well as live on-the-air concerts including WFMU, WBAI and TV Metropolis (Belgrade). ICONOCLAST is one of the artists featured in William Hooker’s groundbreaking film “The Lost Generation: Outside the Mainstream.”  The film premiered at The Vision Festival 2022 in NYC. ICONOCLAST composed and performed the title theme music for the cable television series "Labor at the Crossroads," and has been featured on the TV series "Welcome to Nocturnia (The Art World)." The duo composed and performed the music for the documentary film "Savage Acts: Wars, Fairs and Empire" and the website “The Lost Museum” (American Social History Productions, Inc.). ICONOCLAST’s music provides the soundtrack for the short films “The Bench” (Poland, 2010) and “Con gli occhi di domain”/“With Tomorrow’s Eyes” (Italy, 2006). ICONOCLAST contributed compositions to the compilation CDs “The NYFA Collection: 25 Years of New York New Music” (Innova, 2010) and "Transforms: The Nerve Events Project" (Cuneiform, 1993). The duo has collaborated and performed with noted Polish poet Andrzej Dorobek. Ciesa and Joslyn have received grants from Meet the Composer and from Arts International: The Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions and are recipients of Artist's Fellowships in Music Composition from the New York Foundation for the Arts.

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AllAboutJazz-New York: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=22980


Additional Reviews:

Dirty Jazz Selected:
Best CDs of 2010 —Matthew Marshall, Jazz Journalists Association
Recommended New Releases, October 2010 Andrey Henkin, All About Jazz-New York

“Iconoclast at Bowery Poetry Club sometimes band names seem random but other times they don’t even tell half of the story.” —All About Jazz-New York (Twitter, October 16, 2010)

"If your ears have been begging for something different, it's time to check out Iconoclast

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Demolition of Wisdom

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Driven to Defiance

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Naked Rapture

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Dirty Jazz

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The Body Never Lies

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The Dreadful Dance

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