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Jessie Marino

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Jessie Marino is a composer/performer from New York. Her current work explores the virtuosity of common activities, ritual absurdities in classical performance practices, and the power of humor. These works of Composed Theater rigorously score out sound, physical movements, lighting and staging and place them within highly organized time structures and musical forms.


photo: Natacha Diels

Jessie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. In 2006 she was awarded the Stamas Family Scholarship from Lincoln Center and has recently received awards from The Headlands Foundation, MATA Festival, Meet the Composer, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the International Alliance for Women in Music. As a cellist, Jessie performs regularly with Ensemble Pamplemousse and the Wet Ink Ensemble (NYC) and has  worked with  influential composers such as Alvin Lucier, Pierre Boulez, Beat Furrer, and Anthony Braxton. She has previously been a member of the SEM Ensemble (NYC), Forum Zeitgenoessicher Musik (Leipzig), KlangExectuiv (Berlin), and the Ostravska Banda (CZ).  In 2008 she founded the sound-centric performance duo, On Structure, with her long time friend and colleague Natacha Diels. Jessie currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where she is lucky to be able to collaborate regularly with her favorite musical friends and is working towards perfecting her telling of the “Whale Joke” as well as attaining a Masters degree in Composition at Wesleyan University.

2010 Festival Wrap-Up, Guest Blogger Jessie Marino

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Jessie Marino is a cellist and performance artist based in NYC. She is an active member of Ensemble Pamplemousse, On Structure and the Wet Ink Ensemble. Most times she is seen wearing cowboy boots. Her work can be viewed at www.jessiemarino.com.

The thing that really struck me about the MATA Festival this year was the positive, supportive and relaxed vibe that was created by all who participated.

It’s probably a combination of things.

The laid back atmosphere at LPR: beers being poured, waitresses making their rounds, snacking …the volcano shaking up concert programs, making us scramble to find last minute replacement players and extend hotel reservations….the bowl of cold Budweisers in the dressing room…. But mostly, it was the people.
Audience members, players, composers, organizers, stage managers, even that dude who was always in the back painting, came out excited to experience something new and to put on a slamming show! At the end of the night, with beverage of choice in hand, everyone stayed to hang out, to awkwardly introduce themselves to one another, ask questions, share stories, do some shit talking, and even play [the video game] Rock Band!

Festival concerts in New York often lack this feeling of camaraderie. We’re all scrambling to make ends meet, and we’re so focused on our own projects, that making time to meet new members of this crazy new music community is extremely difficult. But MATA, this year, put us all in the same room and created time for us to get to know one another. Like when you go to a festival far away in a remote town where there is nothing else to do after concerts but get drunk and make new friends.

I know this makes me sound like a cynical drunk, but I mean it in the most positive way possible! Of course, the performances and new works presented, were absolutely top notch! This was not a surprise! – You guys at MATA do your research and have a history of finding seriously talented up-andcomers. But there is no telling how we’re all going to get along!

Basically, art is boring without interesting people.

MATA 2010 was as much of a refreshing display of high quality people as it was a presentation of diverse and beautiful pieces of music.

Well done everyone!