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Violinist 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, Paquito d’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.