Close your eyes and let the ambiance of their music take you away into another dimension. Enter a world where old history & the modern age ignite to celebrate a blend of strings, horns and percussion. This is the way Elektra Kurtis and The Ensemble Elektra can be best described. Where else can you find a medley of funky grooves, beats and rhythms that can captivate any audience without saying a word?
Such an eclectic blend of sound will leave the listener in “awe”….as if some sort of trance has come upon them, tempting them, while allowing them to melt into every note of their performance. This is an ambiance that only true master musicians can create on stage.
Whether you are listening to their music or watching their visuals you can’t help but feel as if you are being whisked away to the Mediterranean islands and then quickly taken aback to an evening of jazz at a posh New York City nightclub.
It is here, where culture and the contemporary world collide to create an absolutely phenomenal showcase of talent. Original compositions seem never ending and flow from one emotion to another. Elektra Kurtis, composer and musician says it all with her name. She is truly “electrifying”! On stage, she loses herself in the violin and owns the instrument as if it were part of her being.
As the audience embraces Elektra, prepare to experience New York City’s finest ethnic musicians who bring with them their own unique style and passion for their work. Together they become one. Their explosion of music and energy on stage leave their spectators roaring with applause. BRAVO!
“Aphrodite’s Smile”, their latest cd will leave you breathless and wanting to hear more. You must experience the true talent of Elektra Kurtis and The Ensemble Elektra LIVE in order to really appreciate their brilliance. They are a kaleidoscope of sound that is seeing prestige and glamour knocking on their doorstep.
by Danie Cortese
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Elektra Kurtis – Stewart
the leadership of violinist, Elektra Kurtis,
consists of some of the most innovative musicians
from New York City's diverse cultural backgrounds.
The music genre is World Jazz - a
contemporary blend of jazz, rock and
traditional music derived from Greek, and
Mediterranean roots. The repertoire of original
compositions and improvisation blends traditional
Greek/Arabic modes and rhythms with jazz harmonies
and driving bass lines.
Musicians: Elektra Kurtis - violin, Lefteris
Bournias - clarinet, Spiros Exaras - guitar, Brad
Jones - bass, Reggie Nicholson - drums, Babatunde
Don Eaton - percussion.
Bournias is a clarinetist of Greek origin. He has been
classically trained and has toured in the US, Greece,
Australia, Canada, Latin America and Europe. His playing
is diverse and combines elements of Greek folk, Gypsy,
Middle Eastern and Western classical music Mr. Bournias
has recorded with the group Café Aman America, He is the
leader of Apollo’s Omogenia
Spiros Exaras is a guitarist and composer from Greece,
where he has performed with the Greek National Radio and
Television Orchestra (ERT) and the Orchestra of Colors,
as well as worked with composers Kostas Hatzis and Elias
Andreopoulos. Since his residency in the US Spiros has
worked with composers Harvey Swartz, Bert DeCoteaux,
members of Spyro Gyra, Shirley Bassey and Mariah Carey.
Mr. Exaras credits include a CD released in Greece (MBI-
1993), a film score for a motion pictures “Everything
for a Reason” (AFI Film Festival – 2000) and for a short
film “Nikos Restaurant”. Spiros’ latest jazz CD includes
elements of world music.
Brad Jones has been performing, composing and teaching
music for nearly twenty years. In 1986 he joined the
Jazz Passengers and in 1997 recorded and toured with
them extensively in Europe and the US. Many of his
compositions are featured in the band’s repertoire Brad
was also a member of Elvin Jones’ band for two years. As
a freelancer Brad has also worked with Muchal Richard
Abrams. Henry Threadgill, Ornette Coleman, John Zorn,
Carlos Garnett, and many others. He is a leader of Aka
Alias, which in 1999 has released a CD “Uncivilized
Poise” on Knitting Factory Works label, followed by two
independent jazz CD releases of Brad Jones Quartet
Reggie Nicholson first gained his reputation as a
drummer, percussionist and composer by excellence in his
native Chicago. With his reputation well established, he
moved to New York City in 1988 and has since then
performed with some of the jazz world’s most revered
artists, including Arthur Blythe, Billy Bang, Abdullah
Ibrahim and Hammiett Bluiett. Among the numerous
recordings on which he may be heard are some sessions
with Amina Claudine Myers, Muchal Richard Abrams, Myra
Melford, Roy Campbell, Edward Wilkerson, Henry
Threadgill and Thomas Chapin.
Babatunde Don Eaton has performed among others with the
Dance Theatre of Harlem, Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre,
Maurice Hines, Pattie Labelle and many more. He has
recorded with many jazz and R&B artists such as Donald
Brown, Joe Henderson, Tyron Jefferson and The Last
Poets. Mr. Eaton has extensive knowledge of Afro Cuban
folklore and music. Don Eaton’s performance credits
include: the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Carnegie
Hall, The State Theatre, Avery Fisher Hall, City Center,
The Apollo Theatre, The House of Blues.