La Luca Azzurra: Jessica Lurie & Metropolizani

by Jessica Lurie & Metropolizani

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A beautiful collaborative album recorded in Montepulicaino, Italy, with Jessica and the Metropolizani, a community band. Jessica brought in several compositions and all participants contributed to the creation and performance of the music. The storyline behind the album is based on James Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues", about a the hardships of being black in America and jazz piano player.

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released January 1, 1998

The CD Luce Azzura is comprised of 12 compositions and improvisations created and structured by Jessica Lurie in December 1997, and recorded in Spring 1998. Several of the pieces are collaborations that came out of a week long workshop between Lurie and "I Metropolizani" (a cultural association of 10 musicians and improvisers based in Montepulciano, Italy). All of this music was designed for the multi-media performance "La Luce Azzura", a 50 minute piece based on James Baldwin's novel "Sonny's Blues", that featured artwork and slides by visual artist Danijel Zezelj, and premiered in December 1997 in Italy. Luce Azzurra was mixed and produced by Jessica Lurie and William Dowd, in Seattle 1998. Total time: 46:16

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Jessica Lurie Ensemble Brooklyn, New York

Boundary defying, Lurie brings her own sound to diverse types of music, mixing jazz, folk, funk, avant-garde, Klezmer & Latin, a coherent, compelling and expansive sound linked by an adventurous attitude. She performs on sax, flute & voice, "...reminiscent of klezmer-jazz and Balkan-jazz hybrids by artists like Steve Bernstein (and) Tim Berne." New CD Megaphone Heart our April 2012 ... more

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