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Jessica Schmitz
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Jessica Schmitz is a Brooklyn-based musician committed to performing and producing innovative contemporary music in New York City and worldwide. She is a founding member of the virtuoso chamber group Ensemble Signal, the renegade street band Asphalt Orchestra and frequently collaborates with other groups including Bang on a Can, Alarm Will Sound, Wordless Music, and more. Follow her on Twitter @jsflutist and

Entries by Jessica Schmitz

Are You Possessed? Inside Robert Black's Improvisatory Multimedia Album

(0) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 5:34 PM

I've always been afraid of heights. Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, I was raised with the Midwest's signature down-to-earth mentality, a figurative sentiment that evolved into a literal preference once I moved to the vertical expanse of New York City. I've never been to the top of the...

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Asphalt Orchestra Plays the Pixies: Lincoln Center Out of Doors, July 28

(0) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 4:48 PM

When I started playing flute in the early '90s, I never anticipated that one day I'd be playing death metal on a plastic piccolo while climbing the walls of Lincoln Center wearing combat boots. But that's exactly what I found myself doing nearly 20 years later with the creation of...

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Band Camp Karaoke: Bang on a Can @ 92YTribeca

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 9:03 AM


We wanted to be the place where the homeless composers could all go.
-- Composer and Bang on a Can co-founder David Lang

Before new music collective Bang on a Can launched its Summer Festival @ MASS MoCA, experimental...

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HIVE at the Guggenheim: Interview With Tyondai Braxton

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 3:58 PM


Tyondai Braxton is one of the most intriguing artists I know. He is a composer/performer of fugitive musical scope: from co-founding the avant-rock group Battles in 2002 (in which he was front man until 2010) to collaborating with iconic composer Philip Glass...

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Bang on a Can @ MoMA: Where Past and Present Meet (PHOTOS)

(5) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 9:54 AM

When I was a freshman at Manhattan School of Music, I practiced orchestral excerpts constantly. The year was 2001 and MSM had just opened their first dormitory featuring 24-hour practice rooms -- a hungry-for-success 18-year-old musician's dream. Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Debussy were my companions, their flute excerpts, titans of the...

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