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Jessie Marino

Cello/Composer

Jessie Marino (b.1984) is a composer/performer from New York. Her current work explores the virtuosity of common activities, ritualistic absurdity, and bad technology. Her works rigorously score out sound, physical movements, lighting and staging and place them within highly organized time structures and musical forms. Marino is the Co-Founder and Director of the experimental performance collective On Structure and is Co-Artistic Director, Composer, and Cellist for the New York based Ensemble Pamplemousse. Her compositions have been performed by On Structure, Ensemble Pamplemousse (NYC), Ensemble Dal Niente (Chicago), Ensemble Adapter (Berlin), Die Ordnung Der Dinge (Berlin), Zwerm Electric Guitar Quartet (BE), Eunoia Quintett (Basel), and presented in the US by the MATA Festival (NYC), The Experimental Yearbook (Los Angeles), Subtopics Festival, 12 Nights Festival, and the FETA Foundation (Miami), as well as in Europe by The Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao), ABC Theater (Switzerland), and at the What’s Next Festival (BE). Marino’s work was recently commissioned by SPOR Festival 2014 (DK) and supported by the Cary New Music Performance Fund, Meet the Composer, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Headlands Foundation for the Arts.

As a performer, Marino works on developing new modes of musical performance styles with her duo On Structure and plays regularly as a cellist with Ensemble Pamplemousse. She has worked with influential composers such as Alvin Lucier, Pierre Boulez, Beat Furrer, Klaus Lang and Anthony Braxton, and has been a guest performer with prominent contemporary music/theater ensembles such as Wet Ink Ensemble (NYC), Object Collection (NYC), SEM Ensemble (NYC), Forum Zeitgenoessicher Musik (Leipzig), KlangExectuiv (Berlin), and the Ostravska Banda (CZ). Marino holds a Bachelors in Cello Performance from Manhattan School of Music, a Masters in Composition and Experimental Music from Wesleyan University and is a DMA candidate in Composition at Stanford University. Her primary teachers include Alvin Lucier, Ron Kuivila, Mark Applebaum, Erik Ulman and Paul DeMarinis. Marino lives, works, and plays in the Bay Area and New York and can often be found telling a bad joke while mixing a spectacular cocktail.