Far Cry Flutes



Far Cry Flutes

These flutes go for the groove. Comprised of world-class improvisers, Far Cry Flutes play original compositions and arrangements of standards driven by rhythm. The spark that started this group was the realization experienced by co-leaders Jessica Lurie and Elsa Nilsson that flute music so often lets rhythm fall into the background in favor of dazzling melodic technique, and that this presents a stylistic gap in both the flute and avant-garde communities that would be exciting to explore, both for the audience and the musicians.

Far Cry Flutes draw their influences from a wide variety of sources; Balkan flavors mingling with arrangements of Eric Dolphy tunes. Contemporary-classical sounds over jazzy bass lines. Jon Zorn-inspired improvisation over folksy melodies.

The group also uses a vast array of specialized extended techniques across their instruments ranging from piccolo to contra bass flute to add unexpected sights and sounds to their performance, unlike anything you’ve heard before.

Far Cry consists of Robert Dick, Jamie Baum, Jessica Lurie and Elsa Nilsson. Together these diverse players represent a wide range of flute traditions. With rhythm at the core, this quartet will bring out sounds you never expected from a flute choir.

The New York Jazz Record called this group “an unusual and lovely ensemble, playing pieces and improvising”


Short bio of the members:

Robert Dick:


“… a  flutist whose technical resources and imagination seem limitless.”

Allan Kozinn, New York Times

With deep roots in free improvisation, new jazz and classical music old and new, Robert Dick has established himself as an artist who has redefined the flute. He has utterly dispensed with preconceptions about what a flutist should sound like and what a flutist should play.  He treats the flute as a human-powered synthesizer, his music going wherever his imagination and boundless chops flow to at any moment.

Dick’s newest recording is “Flutes and Voices”, duos with baritone Thomas Buckner (Mutable Music17541-2).  Dick has numerous solo recordings and has performed and recorded with New Winds, Tambastics, Oscura Luminosa, the Soldier String Quartet, the A.D.D. Trio, Paul Giger and Satoshi Takeishi, Ursel Schlicht, Jaron Lanier, Randy Raine-Reush and Barry Guy, Mari Kimura, Steve Gorn and many more of Europe and America’s finest improvisers.

Robert Dick lives in New York City and teaches at NYU.  More info: www.robertdick.net

Jamie Baum:

NYC flutist/composer, Sunnyside Records artist and 2014 Guggenheim and MacDowell Fellow, JAMIE BAUM, has toured 28 countries and performed with artists as diverse as George Russell, Randy Brecker, Donald Brown, Mick Goodrick, Dave Douglas, Ralph Alessi, Uri Caine, Dave Binney and Wadada Leo Smith. Voted #1 Rising Star Flutist in 2012 by DownBeat, she’s been nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association for “Flutist of the Year” six times. Her recently released 5th CD, In This Life which features her septet of 14 years, received 4 stars from DownBeat, a superlative review in the NY Times and made several “Best CDs of 2013” lists including ITunes, Rhapsody.com, Francis Davis’ NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll and The Boston Globe’s Jon Garelick who wrote: “The virtuoso flutist confirmed her status as a masterful composer”.  Ms, Baum’s other project include Yard Byard: The Jaki Byard Project and her duo with pianist Richie Beirach.

Jessica Lurie:

Avant Music News, 5 Stars: “Jessica Lurie is a jazz dervish well on her way to spinning into a major New York City attraction  “

Stephen Fruitman

Jessica Lurie is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist and composer for multi-media, dance, theater and film. She leads her own Ensemble and co-leads the Tiptons Saxophone Quartet, the Unemployed Fortune Tellers, Sophie Salonika, and Slingshot Songs. She runs her own label Zipa!Music since 2000,  is featured on over 50 recordings. An as in-demand side player, she has worked with Fred Frith, Zion80, David Krakauer, Bill Frisell, Chuck D, Indigo Girls, Mark Ribot, Karl Denson, Frank London, Vinicio Caposella, Nels Cline, Jacob Fred Jazz Odessy, Kenny Wolleson, Bernie Worrell, Big Head Todd, Sleater Kinney, and Ivan Neville among others. She has collaborated on over 40 multi-media works with visual artist Danijel Zezelj, the Percussia Ensemble, Great Small Works and NYC’s Circus Amok. www.jessicalurie.com


Elsa Nilsson:

“Nilsson’s band is a tour de force, mixing personality and tradition to take the listener on a journey through sounds from Brazil, Cuba, Turkey, and the Baltic countries, all through the lens of Jazz and Swedish Traditional music. Nilsson has built a solid career and reputation upon her belief that all folk music (including jazz) has a common thread, and that by weaving those threads together, a deeper, more layered understanding among varying cultures can be reached.

Nilsson has performed with Jon Cowherd, Brad Shepik, The Jim Knapp Orchestra, Kenny Werner’s NYU ensemble Jovino Santos Neto, Ben Thomas, Chuck Deardorf, Dawn Clement and more. Alongside her own bands her current collaborations include Red Handed Jill, Vänta and the Far Cry Flutes featuring Robert Dick, Jamie Baum and Jessica Lurie.”

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