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junebug music festival : Jessica Lurie Instant Light Quartet

Jessica Lurie - saxophone, flute, voice

Will Bernard - guitar

Rene Hart  - bass

Allison Miller - drums


Multi-instrumentalist Jessica Lurie’s distinct voice was formed from the richly diverse and eclectic Seattle music scene. As a leader, side-person, composer and collaborator, Jessica is a regular fixture on jazz, new music and jam band scenes and has toured extensively in the US and Europe. She is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser, performing on saxophones, flute, voice, accordion and electronics. Her unique sound melds “lyrical pop, stinging rock, rhythmic Eastern European folk music and improvisation-heavy jazz with a dose of funky free-wheeling avant-groove-meets-grind" (Dan Oulette).  

Jessica will be joined by a fabulous line up for the June 16th concert, including some of the most in demand players in NYC: grammy nominated guitarist Will Bernard, the dynamic and lyrical Rene Hart on acoustic bass, and the expansive and unstoppable Allison Miller on drums. 

This promises to be an electrifying evening of idiosyncratic, soulful and refreshing music!

Currently Jessica performs with her Megaphone Heart Band and Instant Light Quartet, as well as the Tiptons Saxophone Quartet & Drums, Living Daylights Trio, Sofie Salonika, Jewish Afro-Beat Zion80, Far Cry Flutes, Great Small Works and Circus Amok.  She is also a part of several improvisation-based groove ensembles including TEPHRA SOUNDS with Helen Gillet, Nikki Glaspie and Brian Haas; Slingshot Songs with Beth Fleenor and Heather Bentley; and Seattle-based Full Fathom Five with saxophonist Skerik. She has performed or recorded with Fred Frith, Billy Martin, Skerik, John Zorn, David Amram, Pauline Oliveros, Cyro Baptista, Nikki Glaspie, Helen Gillet, OU, Allison Miller, Todd Sickafoose, Charlie Hunter, David Krakauer, Bill Frisell, Henry Butler, Jenny Scheinman, Chuck D, Parliament, The Indigo Girls, Mark Ribot, Eyvind Kang, Karl Denson, Frank London, Allison Miller, Vinicio Caposella, Nels Cline, Jacob Fred Jazz Odessy, Kenny Wolleson, Sleater Kinney, Bernie Worrell and Ivan Neville among others.  Jessica’s 8th album as a leader will be released in Fall 2017.