Jessie Marino


Jessie Marino is a composer/performer/media artist from New York. Her current work explores the repetition inside common activities, ritualistic absurdities, and the archeology of nostalgic technologies. Her pieces score out sound, video, physical movements, lighting and staging which are then placed within organized temporal structures, fractured narratives and musical frameworks. Jessie is a strong believer in karaoke and fried chicken at all costs.

Jessie 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 internationally by groups such as Ensemble Pamplemousse(USA), SCENATET (DK),  SoundInitiative (FR), We Spoke Percussion (UK), Ensemble Adapter (DE), Die Ordnung Der Dinge (DE), Zwerm Electric Guitar Quartet (BE), and presented at performing arts festivals such as the MATA Festival (NYC), Borealis Festival(NO), SPOR Festival (DK), Omaha Under the Radar(Omaha), Darmstadt International Summer Courses (DE), The Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao), and the Bludenzer Tage Festival (AT).  Jessie’s work was recently commissioned by Ensemble SoundInitiative, SPOR Festival and she was an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Foundation for the Arts (CA). Upcoming performances include  world premiere performances by Souninitiative at the Bludenzer Tage Festival 2015, a portrait concert at Cafe Oto with Kammer Klang and performances with Ensemble Pamplemousse at the Borealis Festival, in Bergen NO, and with Ensemble SCENATET at SPOR Festival in Aarhus DK.

As a performer, Jessie works on developing new modes of musical performance styles with her duo On Structure (with composer/performer Natacha Diels) and plays regularly as a cellist with Ensemble Pamplemousse. She has worked closely with influential composers such as Alvin Lucier, George Lewis, Klaus Lang and Anthony Braxton, and has been a guest performer with prominent contemporary music and theater ensembles such as , Object Collection (NYC), Wet Ink Ensemble (NYC), SEM Ensemble (NYC), Ensemble SCENATET, Ensemble Adapter, and the Ostravska Banda (CZ).

Jessie holds a Bachelors in Cello Performance from Manhattan School of Music, NYC, a Masters in Composition and Experimental Music from Wesleyan University and is Composition Fellow at Stanford University. Her primary teachers include Ron Kuivila, Alvin Lucier, Erik Ulman and Paul DeMarinis.  Jessie currently lives and works in Chicago.