Elektra Kurtis and Ensemble Elektra – Harlem Afternoon Jazz Series

Elektra KurtisViolinist and composer of Greek origin, Elektra Kurtis was raised in Poland. She graduated from the Warsaw Conservatory, and Finnish Sibelius Academy of Music in Helsinki. She has performed throughout the US, Europe and Finland in numerous chamber ensembles, symphony orchestras, ethno-music ensembles, including her own group, Ensemble Elektra, a world jazz improvisational ensemble. Elektra has performed in concerts, theatrical and television productions, radio broadcasts and worked with such stellar artists as Lester Bowie, Gerry Mulligan, Paquitod’Rivera, Lionel Hampton, Shirley Horn, Ray Barreto, Max Roach, and the notable Arabic music master Simon Shaheen. Elektra played in trombonist Craig Harris’ jazz, hip-hop, rap, poetry and song project in Paris, and participated in a performance in 1997 with Nona Hendrix and Erykah Badu, among others. In 2002/03 she appeared in concerts with Henry Threadgill’s Aggregation Orb and with Butch Morris’ Skyscraper.


  • Elektra Kurtis – violin & compositions
  • Curtis Stewart – violin
  • Lefteris Bournias – clarinet
  • Bradley Jones – electric bass
  • Reggie Nicholson – drums

Rendall Memorial Presbyterian Church

59 West 137th Street New York, NY 10037

1st set: Noon – 12:45pm (15-min break) 2nd set: 1:00 – 1:45pm

House doors open at 11:30am

Tuesday, 21 July, 2015

12:00 PM – 02:00 PM



Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s