ELEKTRA KURTIS & ENSEMBLE ELEKTRA

 

Venues Played ~ past & present


Elektra Kurtis ~ orchestra member / ensemble member


The Apollo Theater, USA

Grand Opera Orchestra, Warsaw Poland

Irving Plaza w/ Aetos quartet for Erykah Badu and Nona Hendryx

Carnegie Hall w/ New England Symphonic Ensemble

Greenwich Symphony Hall w/ Greenwich Symphony Orchestra

Cathedral of Saint John the Devine w/ Paul Winter

The Helsinki Philharmonic Hall

The Helsinki Radio and Television Program

At The Stamford Opera w/ Connecticut Grand Opera Orchestra

Avery Fisher Hall w/ Cachao

The Brooklyn Academy of Music w/ Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra

The Brooklyn Academy of Music w/ Henry Threadgill {Jazz Festival}

Thiasos w/ Greek leader Vangelis Fambas

Miller Theater w/ Henry Threadgill

Bowery Poetry Club w/ Butch Morris

Knitting Factory w/ John Zorn

Alice Tully / special events

Warsaw Traffic Club w/ Drum Freaks and Milo Kurtis


Elektra Kurtis & Ensemble Elektra


The Tornio Jazz Festival

Old Student House in Helsinki, Finland

The Tampere Jazz Festival

Knitting Factory

Cornelia Street Café

CB’s Gallery at CBGB

Bowery Poetry Club

Satalla

The Harlem School of the Arts


For bookings please contact: Elektra Kurtis
Email: letaki@gowebway.com
Website: www.elektrakurtis.com


ELEKTRA KURTIS BIOGRAPHY


Violinist and composer of Greek origin, Elektra Kurtis was raised in Poland.  She graduated from the Warsaw Conservatory, and Finnish Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki.

 

She has performed throughout the US, Europe and Finland in numerous chamber ensembles, symphony orchestras, ethno-music ensembles (Greek and Gypsy music), including her own group, Ensemble Elektra, a world jazz improvisational ensemble.  Some of the ensembles that Elektra has performed with include Warsaw Grand Opera Orchestra, "Yia Sou" (an improvisational World Music Ensemble), Connecticut Opera, Bronx and Brooklyn Philharmonic, New England Symphonic Ensemble.

 

Elektra performed in concerts, theatrical and television productions, radio broadcasts and recorded the music of notable Finnish composers such as Edward Vesala and Toni Edelman.  She has worked with such stellar artists as Lester Bowie, Gerry Mulligan, Paquito d'Rivera, Lionel Hampton ,Shirley Horn,  Ray Barreto, Max Roach, and the notable arabic music master Simon Shaheen.  She toured with the legendary Cuban artist Israel "Cachao" Lopez, and performed the music of contemporary composers such as Anthony Davis, John Zorn,  Akua Dixon and Carman Moore in venues such as the Knitting Factory, the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, Apollo Theatre. She has also been a member of a Greek traditional music group under the leadership of guitarist Vangelis Fampas, and appeared in the New York tri-state area with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, Hudson Valley, Greenwich, Longar Ensemble and Harlem Festival symphony orchestras.  Elektra played in trombonist Craig Harris' jazz, hip-hop, rap, poetry and song project in Paris and participated in a performance in 1997 with Nona Hendrix and Erica Badu, among others. In 2002 /03 she appeared in concerts with Henry Threadgill’s Aggregation Orb and Butch Morris’ Skyscraper.

 

 

In 2005 Ms. Kurtis and jazz pianist Sonelius Smith co-founded an improvisational orchestra, the New York Jazz Philharmonic, integrating symphonic and jazz band instrumentation in both contemporary and traditional settings, continuing to build on jazz and classical traditions.

 

Most recently Elektra performed as guest artist with a world music group Drum Freaks in Warsaw, Poland,

recorded on NAS’s CD (2005),

played in the Vision Festival in NYC in 2007 and 2009, as member of Spontaneous River improvisational string ensemble (conduction by Billy Bang 07 and Jason Hwang 09) and performed with Adam Rudolf ‘s Organic Orchestra at the Roulette in Soho, NYC

In May 2009 Ms. Kurtis performed works for violin and piano by Witold Lutoslawski in Scarsdale, NY

In June 2009 she recorded a CD as member of the rock group Fairyland After the Fire

 

Recordings include Steve Coleman's double CD Genesis &The Opening of the Way (BMG), hip hop artist’s Nas album Hip Hop is Dead. rock group Fairyland After the Fire and her own recordings, Ensemble Elektra The Book of Time (Milo Records, 2000) and AFROdite’s Smile (MR, 2005)

Her new CD release is now in progress to be released in January 2010