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Joslyn, Julie

Joslyn, Julie, composer, alto saxophone, violin, live electronics, vocals, percussion; b. New York City, NY, 31 March 1950. She is the daughter of John Joslyn (1914-1989; artist, toy designer, inventor) and Lillian Lashin (b. 1926; teacher).  Her grandfather was the composer, violinist and conductor Henry Joslyn (1884 -1931), known for numerous symphonic and chamber works including "Native Moments" (Stokowski and the Philadelphia Orchestra and others); "American Skylines" and "Red, White and Blues Symphony" (Paul Whiteman Orchestra); the symphonies "War," "Pythagoras," and "The Symphony of the Low-Downs;" and "Prairie" for solo viola and woodwinds (which was commissioned by Varese/International Composers Guild).  He also contributed musical settings for Carl Sandburg, "The American Songbag" (1927).

Joslyn studied violin for six years with Elaine Teicher and she studied composition and saxophone with Jane Ira Bloom for an additional six years.  She received a BA degree in Studio Art from The City College of New York, a Masters Degree in Art Therapy from Pratt Institute, a Certificate of Training in Psychoanalysis from the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis in New York City and is a NYS Licensed Psychoanalyst.  Joslyn is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Music Composition (1996), several Meet the Composer grants and a grant from Arts International: The Fund for U.S. Artists at International Festivals and Exhibitions.

In 1987 Joslyn formed the duo Iconoclast with Leo Ciesa (Drums, percussion, keyboards, octapad, vocals) and they have been composing, recording and performing together ever since. Iconoclast plays regularly in New York City and also frequently performs throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.  Ciesa and Joslyn have performed at various festivals, including the Avantgarde Jazz Festival in Imola, Italy;  Audio Art Festival in Krakow, Poland;  II Festiwal Muzyka z Mozgu in Bydgoszcz, Poland;  Sziget Festival in Budapest, Hungary;  International Ring Ring Festival in Belgrade, Serbia;  Interzone 97 International Festival in Novi Sad, Serbia and The Festival of Women Improvisers and NYU Independent Music Fest, in New York City.  Iconoclast has been featured on various radio and television programs worldwide. Joslyn and Ciesa composed and performed the title theme music for the cable television series "Labor at the Crossroads," and has been featured on "Welcome to Nocturnia (The Art World)," a cable television series devoted to contemporary music, art and video.  The duo composed and performed the music for the documentary film "Savage Acts: Wars, Fairs and Empire" and for the innovative website "The Lost Museum" (American Social History Productions, Inc.). Iconoclast's music provides the score for the Italian short film, "Con gli occhi di domani" ("With Tomorrows Eyes," 2006).  The duo has collaborated and performed with noted Polish poet Andrzej Dorobek. In addition Joslyn was a member of Chris Rael's Indian influenced rock quintet Church of Betty from 1989-90.  She is also a painter and psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City.

Iconoclast: Sins of New York (1989), City of Temptation (1990), The Speed of Desire (1992), Transforms: The Nerve Events Project (compilation with two Iconoclast compositions, 1993); Blood is Red (1995), Paradise (1995), In the Vodka Garden (2005), The Dreadful Dance (2005), The Body Never Lies (2006)
As sideperson:
MacLean & Ponomarenko: Music Without Computers (1984); Doctor Nerve: "Skin (1995)

Television broadcasts:
Interview and Live-on-Air Performance (2007)  TV Metropolis  Belgrade, Serbia
Interview and Concert Footage (2004)  TV St. Petersburg, Russia
Interview and Concert Footage (2002)  TVP3  Bydgoszcz, Poland
Interview and Concert Footage (1999)  Toya TV  Lodz, Poland
Interview (1999)  Channel 2 "Art Noc"  Public TV, Poland
Interview (1997)  "Electroshock" Program  Moscow, Russia
Concert Broadcast -- Interzone 97 Festival (1997)  TV Novi Sad  Novi Sad, Serbia
Interview -- Ring Ring Festival (1997)  TV Channel 7  Belgrade, Serbia

Radio broadcasts:
Live Performance and Interview  (2006)  WBAI-FM NYC, NY
Interview  (2002)  Radio Pik  Bydgoszcz, Poland
Interview  (1999)  Radio Lodz  Lodz, Poland
Interview Audio Art Festival (1999)  Krakow, Poland
Interview (1997)  Radio Novi Sad  Novi Sad, Poland
Live Performance and Interview  (1996)  WBAI-FM  NYC, NY
Interview  (1990)  CKLN-FM  Toronto, Canada
Concert Live-on-Air  (1990)  WFMU-FM  East Orange, NJ
Interview/Guest DJs  (1990)  WKCR-FM  NYC, NY

Magazine Interviews And Articles:
"Be Which Magazine"  (2006) USA
"Afisha"  (2004)  Russia
"Gosciniec Sztuki  (2002)  Poland
"Tone Clusters"  (2000)  USA
"HZ Magazine"  (2000)  Spain
"Batteur Magazine"  (1996)  France
"Margen"  (1995)  Spain
"The London Free Press"  (1992)  Canada
"Vox Magazine"  (1991)  Canada
"Spotlight Magazine"  (1990)  Canada
"The Gazette"  (1990)  Canada

Contact information:
c/o Brown
211 West 106 Street #4C
New York, NY  10025

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