Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Lieberman, Julie (Lyonn)
Lieberman, Julie (Lyonn), violin, educator, author; b. Newark, NJ, 16 July 1954. She grew up in Montclair, New Jersey. Her parents Dr. Rosilyn Wilder, actress, April 12, 1924 and Ben Lieberman, sculptor, November 4, 1915-December 22, 2000 exposed her to dance, theater, and music lessons from age two on. Her sister, Jeannie Deva, August 15, 1951 is a prominent vocal coach and singer.
Between the years of 1962-1976, Ms. 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's Gallatin Division. Her husband, Len Cascia is a guitarist and pianist. They married in 1998.
Ms. Lieberman was active on the folk music scene, playing backup for artists such as David Amram, Barbara Dane, and Lewis London, in her trio, Nightsong, as well as under her own name, from 1970 through 1980. She then became active in jazz, world music, and New Age music, performing with artists such as David Darling, Jim Scott, Laraaji Venus, Janet Lawson, and under her own name. She has played violin on made-for-TV film, TV commercials, the Broadway show M. Butterfly, and for off-Broadway and dance.
Lieberman's recordings of original music include
Empathic Connections, 1981, Arcturus, 1984, Roaring Brook Fiddler, 1991,
Mixing American, 1994, and as a guest artist on Laura Nyro's album,
Mother's Spiritual, 1984. She has written/produced seven one-hour
programs on jazz violin for National Public Radio: The Talking Violin
aired 1989 hosted by Billy Taylor, and Jazz Profiles: Jazz Violin
aired in 1996, hosted by Nancy Wilson. She co-produced/hosted her own
radio program for 4 years on WBAI called "Hear and Now" in the early
nineties. Ms. Lieberman has been interviewed on radio stations
through the United States too numerous to list. She also appeared in
the documentary film, Improvised Violin: Four Personal Views, with
Leroy Jenkins, Billy Bang, and John Blake, Jr. in the late eighties.
As a composer, Ms. Lieberman's alternative style orchestra scores are published by Alfred Publications.
Her jazz string quartet, commissioned by Manchester Music Festival, premiered to a standing
ovation in 2000.
She also composed and recorded the soundtrack for the video "Body Logos."
Her music for the play "The Yellow House" by Leonardo Shapiro won critical acclaim.
Ms. Lieberman is the author of eight books and five DVDs, including,
The Creative Band and Orchestra, The Contemporary Violinist, You Are Your Instrument, Rockin' Out With Blues Fiddle, Improvising Violin, Alternative Strings: The New Curriculum, Planet Musician, Twelve Rock Strings Lesson Plans, Techniques for the Contemporary String Player, Rhythmizing the Bow,, The Violin in Motion, The Instrumentalist's Guide To Fitness, Health and Musicianship and The Vocalist's Guide To Fitness, Health and Musicianship. She has written over fifty articles for such publications as Downbeat, the New York Times, IAJE Journal, ASTA Journal, Fiddler Magazine, and STRINGS Magazine. She wrote and produced the DVD "Teaching Alternative Strings in the Classroom" for American String Teachers Association, on a grant funded by NAMM.
The recipient of over a dozen ASCAP awards, and eight Meet the Composer awards, Ms. Lieberman has been profiled by Fiddler Magazine, The N.J. Times, Gannett Today, Jazziz, The Montclair Times, Focus, Review Press-Reporter, Not Just Jazz, Newsday, The Berkshire Eagle, Westchester Newsline, The Alabamian, Massachusetts Music News, the Scarsdale Inquirer, The Canadian Jewish News, Wisconsin State Journal, and Princeton Town Topics.
Ms Lieberman's work can be seen on the following websites:
JulieLyonn.com, Stringscentral.com, IAJEStrings.org
She can be reached via email at
or by phone at 203-304-1238