JESSICA LURIE ENSEMBLE - SHOP OF WILD DREAMS CD Release
Wednesday December 3, 2008 8 pm
Brooklyn Lyceum, Park Slope
227 4th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Jessica Lurie - saxophone, flute, songs
Todd Sickafoose - bass
Allison Miller - drums
Art Hirahara - piano
Brandon Seabrook - banjo and guitar
Special guests Tina Richerson and Elizabeth Pupo-Walker
Shop of Wild Dreams is original, soulful, entirely unpredictable - call it jazz as that's the only genre big enough to contain it but listen for influences from East European choral singing to roots American country gospel, experimental jazz to to deep groovin' funky hip hop beats. Sarah Townes, Boulder Voiceworks
While she is not afraid to get her hair in a tangle, this bandleader puts the accent on melody and the remote-control imperative that drives the tapping of your helpless toe.” Greg Burk, LA Weekly
Playing saxophone and accordion as well as vocalizing, Jessica Lurie wears many hats in this adventurous but melodic group." Nate Chinen, New York Times
A brand new CD from instrumentalist/composer Jessica Lurie, featuring her band of Todd Sickafoose and Allison Miller (of Ani DiFranco's current line-up), with Charlie Hunter keyboardist Erik Deutsch and genius banjo and guitarist Brandon Seabrook. Additional special guests on the CD include saxophonist Tina Richerson and percussionist Elizabeth Pupo-Walker from the Tiptons Sax Quartet. Jessica is joined at the Brooklyn Lyceum by Sickafoose, Miller, and Seabrook, with Art Hirahara subbing fro Erik Deutsch on piano.
JESSICA LURIE is a composer, performance artist and multi-instrumentalist from Seattle now living in Brooklyn, New York. Her main instruments are saxophones, flute, clarinet, as well as voice and accordion. She performs and records worldwide with several groups including the Jessica Lurie Ensemble, The Tiptons Sax Quartet (Seattle/NYC, formerly the Billy Tipton Memorial Sax Quartet), Living Daylights Trio (Seattle), La Buya (NYC). She has performed, toured or recorded with international artists such as Bill Frisell, The Indigo Girls, Danijel Zezelj, Amy Denio, Ellen Fullman, Carlo Actis Dato, Skerik, Mike Clark, Allison Miller, The Pat Grainey Dance Company, Eyvind Kang, Wayne Horvitz, Booker Washington Jr., Leo Neocentelli, Paul McCandless, Calvin Weston, Sleater Kinney, The Shakin' Ray Levis Society, Frank London, Kenny Wolleson, Todd Sickafoose, Brandon Seabrook, James Blood Ulmer Trio, The Brazilian Girls, Les Claypool, Nels Cline, MMW, The Berkeley Symphony and NYC' s Great Small Works theatre company among others. She has performed all over Europe and the US, and have received support from CEC Artslink, The National Performance Network, Arts International, Artist Trust Seattle, Seattle, King County and Washington State Arts Commissions, Earshot Jazz, The Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, The Croatian Ministry of Culture, Jack Straw Institute, and in 2006 she was a Sundance Composers Fellow. In 2000, Lurie started her own label, Zipa! Music, and has been a part of over 60 recordings.