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Julie Lyonn Lieberman
Looking to the future with respect for the past …
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Julie Lyonn Lieberman is the recipient of the 2014 American String Teachers Association (ASTA) Kudos Award, over two-dozen ASCAP Plus Awards, eight Meet the Composer awards and three American String Teachers Association’s National Citation for Leadership & Merit awards. The documentary she designed, moderated, performed in and edited—Improvised Violin: Four Personal Views—with Leroy Jenkins, Billy Bang, and John Blake, Jr. won honorable mention in the American Film and Video Festival.
She has had the honor of helping thousands of string players develop their professional lives, including Michael Snow, Sam Bardfeld, Asha Mevlana, David Finch, Sarah Hubbard, Heather Hardy, Val Vigoda, Chris Murphy, Lisa Liu, Leanne Darling, Vanessa Carlton, Putnam Murdoch, Julie Flanders, Janice Martin, and many, many more ...
JULIE LYONN LIEBERMAN has helped develop the multi-style string field over the last forty+ years through her work as an educator, author, radio producer, composer, writer, recording artist, and performer. She has performed on and off Broadway as well as in folk and jazz clubs throughout the United States, and abroad.
Julie is the author of twelve music books, five instructional music videos, seven hours of programming for National Public Radio, over two dozen string orchestra scores published by Alfred, Excelcia Music (originally Kendor Music) and Carl Fischer, as well as over fifty articles for music magazines.
Julie has presented master classes for ASTA, European String Teachers Association (ESTA), National Association for Music Education (NAfME), International Association for Jazz Educators (IAJE), the Suzuki Institute, National String Workshop, National Orchestra Festival, International String Workshop, National Young Audiences, and the Carnegie Hall LinkUp Program. She’s been
on faculty as an adjunct at The Juilliard School, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, William Paterson College Jazz Department, Manhattan School of Music, New York University’s Gallatin Division, VanderCook College of Music, and Mercy College. In addition, she has worked as a guest clinician at the Eastman School of Music, Stanford Jazz Workshop, and many other schools and programs across the US, in Canada, and abroad.
She produced four American Jazz String Summits in the 1980s and 1990s featuring many of the top improvising string players in America, and co-produced three multi-style string festivals within the American String Teachers Conference in 2003, 2004, and 2005, serving as the chair for the 2004 component.
Julie is the Artistic Director for the program, Strings Without Boundaries, a D’Addario Orchestral Premiere Clinician through which she runs quarterly teacher training sessions in multi-style playing, an NS Design Performance Artist, as well as an Eastman Strings Ambassador.
Julie Lyonn Lieberman has composed over two dozen American and World roots styled string orchestra scores published by Carl Fischer, Excelcia Music (originally Kendor Music), and Alfred Music. She is the recipient of over two dozen ASCAP awards and eight Meet the Composer awards and has performed her original music on and off Broadway, throughout the U.S., Canada, and in Europe, and on television and radio. She also has five recordings of original music to her credit.
Lieberman acted as composer-in-residence for four seasons at the City Center Manhattan Theatre Club Writers in Performance series. Her music for Alec Baldwin’s/Steve Lawrence’s production of "The Devil and Daniel Webster" aired on WNYC after premiering at City Center. Other productions include, "The Don," based on Edith Grossman’s new translation and in celebration of Don Quixote’s 400th birthday starring Mario Cantone, Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Daphne Rubin-Vega; as well as "Hemmingway," starring Peter Gallagher, and "Edgar," based on the life and writings of Edgar Allan Poe.
Lieberman’s world jazz string quartet was commissioned by Manchester Music Festival, "Ben’s Millennium Romp," and premiered to a standing ovation in 2000. She composed and recorded the sound track for the Taoist exercise video "Body Logos" in 2002. Her music for the play "The Yellow House" by Leonardo Shapiro won critical acclaim in the late eighties, premiering at La Mama in New York City and later traveled to Theatre of Nations, each for a thirty-night run.
Ms. Lieberman’s recordings of original music include "Empathic Connections," 1981, "Arcturus," 1984, "The Roaring Brook Fiddler," 1991, and "Mixing America," 1994. She was also a guest artist on Laura Nyro’s album, "Mother’s Spiritual," 1984, designing her own violin lines for the album.
Ms. Lieberman was the composer-in-residence for the first feminist theatre company in the world, “Emmatroupe,” for several years in the 1980s. The productions were contributed to by writers Gloria Steinem, Kate Millet, and Andrea Dworkin and directed by Eleanor Johnson.
She has also composed for and performed with such theater companies as Shaliko Company, The Magic Circle Opera Company, Imaginations Unlimited, and the Women’s Ensemble Theatre. Compositions for dance companies include Sundance, The American Spanish Dance Company, and choreographers Merian Soto, Judy Dworin, and Holly Fairbank.
To date, Julie has fulfilled commissions for:
• City Center’s “Writers in Performance” series (4 commissions)
• The off-Broadway production of “The Yellow House” written and directed by Leonardo Shapiro. It premiered at La Mama for 30 days and went to Theatre of Nations for another 30 days
• The off-off-Broadway productions of “A Girl Starts Out” and “Against Silence” for Emmatroupe
• Cedar Rapids Symphony
• Manchester Music Festival
• “Body Logos” (an exercise DVD)
• Numerous theater and dance companies and schools throughout the U.S.
Lieberman’s compositions for blues, jazz, and world styles can be found in her books, "Rockin’ Out with Blues Fiddle," "The Contemporary Violinist," "How to Play Contemporary Strings," and "A Festival of Violin & Fiddle Styles."
Julie Lyonn Lieberman
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JULIE LYONN LIEBERMAN has helped develop the multi-style string field over the last forty+ years as a performer, clinician, author, producer, and recording artist. She is the Artistic Director for the summer program, Strings Without Boundaries: Where 21st century techniques meet tradition, creativity, and style. She is also an NS Design Performance Artist, and a D’Addario Premiere Clinician.
Julie is the author of fourteen music books, including A Festival of Violin & Fiddle Styles, The Roaring Brook Fiddler: Creative Life on the Wings of an Empath, 12 Rock Strings Lesson Plans, The Creative Band and Orchestra, The Contemporary Violinist, 12-Key Practice, How to Play Contemporary Strings, Alternative Strings: The New Curriculum, Improvising Violin, Rockin’ Out With Blues Fiddle, You Are Your Instrument, and Planet Musician. She authored the Creative Musicianship section for ASTA’s national curriculum book, and has six educational DVDs to her credit as well as over two-dozen string orchestra scores in American and world styles (Kendor and Alfred). Julie also worked on Tracy Silverman’s Strum Bowing book as well as the Bornoff Primer for the Foundation for the Advancement of String Education.
Julie has taught creative musicianship and world string styles in school residencies and teacher trainings across the United States, Europe, and Canada, as well as through organizations and institutions like American String Teachers Association, European String Teachers Association, National Orchestra Festival, National Association for Music Education, International Association of Jazz Educators, The Midwest Clinic, The Starling-Delay Symposium, Suzuki Institute, National String Workshop, International String Workshop, Django in June, The Juilliard MAP Program, National Young Audiences, the Carnegie Hall LinkUp Program, and The Academy (produced by Carnegie/Weill Hall/Juilliard). She also served on the board of advisors for Ken Burns’s 2001 Jazz documentary.
Julie Lyonn Lieberman is the recipient of the 2014 ASTA Kudos Award, over two-dozen ASCAP Plus Awards, and three American String Teachers Association’s National Citation for Leadership & Merit awards.
She has written over 55 articles for publications such as STRINGS, STRAD, Fiddler Magazine, Downbeat Magazine, School Band and Orchestra, American String Teacher Journal, and Jazz Educators Journal, and has been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles and reviews. In addition, she has created seven programs for National Public Radio on jazz violin (The Talking Violin hosted by Billy Taylor, and Jazz Profiles: Jazz Violin hosted by Nancy Wilson).
In addition, she developed the creative musicianship curriculum for American String Teachers Association’s publication, Curriculum for School String Programs K-12, authored a chapter for a book by STRINGS Magazine and helped The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music develop a jazz string curriculum.
Her curriculum for her national project, The Green Anthem was implemented in part by MENC: Music Educators National Conference, reaching six million participants.
Lieberman has been featured as the primary violinist on the recording “Fiddle” that is used throughout the world by the organization “Music Together.” Homespun Tapes has issued three products featuring her as an educator: “Improvising Violin” (a series of five lessons on CD); “The Instrumentalist’s Guide To Fitness, Health, and Musicianship” (a companion DVD to her book, You Are Your Instrument); and “The Vocalist’s Guide To Fitness, Health, and Musicianship” (a companion DVD to her book, You Are Your Instrument).
Composer, Performer and Recording Artist…
Lieberman is the recipient of over thirty ASCAP awards and eight Meet the Composer awards. Her anthem for the planet, The Green Anthem, was included in MENC’s 2010 World’s Largest Concert. She has performed her original music on and off Broadway, throughout the U.S., Canada, and in Europe, and on television and radio and has five recordings of original music to her credit. She has been the composer-in-residence for three seasons at the City Center Manhattan Theatre Club “Writers in Performance” series. Her music for Alec Baldwin’s/Steve Lawrence’s production of “The Devil and Daniel Webster” aired on WNYC after premiering at City Center. Other productions included “The Don,” based on Edith Grossman’s new translation and in celebration of Don Quixote’s 400th birthday starring Mario Cantone, Ruben Santiago-Hudson and Daphne Rubin-Vega,; “Hemmingway,” starring Peter Gallagher, and “Edgar,” based on the life and writings of Edgar Allan Poe.
Lieberman’s jazz string quartet, commissioned by Manchester Music Festival, premiered to a standing ovation in 2000. She also composed and recorded the soundtrack for the Taoist exercise video Body Logos in 2002. Her music for the play The Yellow House by Leonardo Shapiro won critical acclaim in the late eighties. To date, she has fulfilled close to a dozen alternative string orchestra commissions for places like Cedar Rapids Symphony, Duluth High School (premiered at GMEA), Milwaukee School for Languages, and so on.
Ms. Lieberman’s recordings of original music featuring her voice and violin, include Empathic Connections, 1981, Arcturus, 1984, Roaring Brook Fiddler, 1991, Mixing America, 1994.
Lieberman was a guest artist on Laura Nyro’s album, Mother’s Spiritual, 1984, designing her own violin lines for the album. She has also played violin on made-for-TV films, TV commercials, the Broadway show M. Butterfly, and for numerous dance companies. Her original music was selected to be performed live at the 1984 New Music America conference in Houston, TX.
Julie Lyonn Lieberman Early History
Early History (synopsis)
Julie Lyonn Lieberman grew up in Montclair, New Jersey. Her parents, Dr. Rosilyn Wilder (d.2006), actress, educator, director, and author, and Ben Lieberman (d. 1999), journalist and sculptor, exposed her to dance, theater, and music lessons from age two, on. Her sister, Jeannie Deva, was a prominent vocal coach, singer, and authored of The Contemporary Vocalist. Her husband, Len Cascia, is an instrument-builder, software programmer, and plays pedal steel, guitar and piano. They married in 1998. She was exposed to American and world roots music from an early age. Her family was extremely active on the folk music scene, helping to start the Folk Society of Northern New Jersey. Her cousins booked the U.S. tour for the Boys of the Lough, and her uncle created the alternative to Tanglewood, The Music Inn, in the Berkshires.
Between the years 1962 to 1976, Lieberman studied classical violin with Samuel Applebaum, Nancy Clarke, Romuald Tecco, Stanley Richie, William Henry, and at Manhattan School of Music Prep Division. While in college at Sarah Lawrence College (1972–1976, BA) she began eight years of study off-campus with jazz pianist Sal Mosca (1974–1982). Later, she earned her MA at New York University Gallatin Division.
Parallel to her education on violin, Julie took private voice lessons and weekly performance workshops with Ray Evans Harrell, Director of the Magic Circle Repertory Company, for seven years; she also studied voice with Maitland Peters, Department Chair at Manhattan School of Music, for another seven years. Other studies include four years of Alexander Technique with Judah Kataloni, an in-depth workshop with famed Moshe Feldenkrais, composition with Dary John Mizelle and Stanley Walden, and Technologies for Creating as well as Macrostructural Analysis with Robert Fritz.
In the seventies, Ms. Lieberman was active as a fiddler on the folk music scene, playing backup for artists such as David Amram, Barbara Dane, and Lewis London, with her trio, Nightsong, as well as under her own name. She then became active as an improvising violinist in jazz, world music, and New Age music, performing with artists such as David Darling, Barbara Dane, Jim Scott, Laraaji Venus, Janet Lawson, Steve Browman, Bob Arthurs, and under her own name. She has shared the stage with colleagues such as Matt Glaser, Darol Anger, John Blake, Jr., L Shankar, Dave Balakrishnan, Christian Howes, Martin Norgaard, Matt Wilson, Richard Greene, as well as artists like Glen Velez, Steve Gorn, Susan Osborn, and has recorded with Dave Samuels, Rufus Reid, and Armen Donelian, among others.
During the eighties, Lieberman produced the First, Second, and Third American Jazz String Summits in New York City. These seminal events helped put improvised strings on the map. She presented over thirty improvising string players, such as Claude “Fiddler” Williams, Darol Anger and Dave Balakrishnan’s first installment of Turtle Island String Quartet, David Darling, John Blake, Jr., Scarlet Rivera, Vicki Horner Richards, L. Subramanium, L. Shankar, and more, helping many of these artists achieve recognition on a broader scale through coverage of the concerts by The New York Times, The Daily News, The New York Post, prominent radio programs like “New Sounds” with John Schaefer, host, as well as through string magazine coverage. Her first National Public radio series, The Talking Violin, premiered in 1989, and featured the history of improvisation on violin from 1925 through the late eighties. Over fifty improvising violinists were included. Ms. Lieberman also helped create and appeared in the documentary film, Improvised Violin: Four Personal Views, with Leroy Jenkins, Billy Bang, and John Blake, Jr. In the late eighties.
Lieberman’s first two books, Blues Fiddle and Improvising Violin were published in the late eighties and early nineties. In the early nineties Lieberman co-produced/hosted the radio program Hear and Now, for 4 years on WBAI. On this program, she interviewed many of the major composers of the time, airing their music. In the nineties, Lieberman was invited to create two one-hour programs titled “Jazz Violin” for National Public Radio’s award-winning series “Jazz Profiles,” hosted by Nancy Wilson. Her seminal book, You Are Your Instrument came out in 1993, followed by the rest of her titles and DVDs.
Lieberman served as the chair in 2004 for the alternative strings festival at American String Teachers Conference after helping organize the festival’s launch in 2003. She wrote and produced the DVD, “Alternative Styles in the Classroom” for ASTA a few years later. She is currently on the ASTA Curriculum Committee as creative consultant. Her national project, The Green Anthem, ran from September 2009 to April 2010 and MENC: The Music Educators National Conference ran The Green Anthem competition and included the anthem itself in the 2010 MENC World’s Largest Concert, when it was performed by 6 million students across America.