ENSEMBLE BIOGRAPHY - Integrating jazz and world rhythms in richly textured original music, the New York-based Ike Sturm Ensemble fuses diverse influences into a unified, contemporary style. The unique voices of each of its ten improvising members speak to audiences within a saturated environment of original artwork painted by artist and clarinetist Madeline Sturm to complement the sound and form of the music.
A grant from the Eastman School of Music in 2001 provided an opportunity for the group’s first multimedia performance of Spirit, a three-movement suite by Ike Sturm. Reflect (Live DVD 2003) is a through-composed six-part suite using paintings, photographs and projected images to convey symmetry in God’s creation. Most recently, the group premiered a new work, entitled Shape of Day, a 7-part suite that traces the different perspectives of light encountered throughout a single day.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY - Ike Sturm is a bassist, composer and educator in New York focusing on the presentation of original music. In addition to working as an educator and clinician, he leads a 10-piece ensemble in collaborative music and visual art concerts with his sister, clarinetist and artist Madeline Sturm. He recently was named the Assistant Director of Music for the Jazz Ministry at Saint Peter’s Church in Manhattan, internationally regarded as the “Jazz Church,” where he performs and composes original music for weekly jazz services.