Ike Sturm is a bassist and
composer based in New York focusing on the presentation of original
music. He leads a 10-piece ensemble in collaborative music and visual
art concerts with his sister, clarinetist and artist Madeline Sturm. He
recently was named the Assistant Director of Music for the Jazz Ministry
at Saint Peter’s Church in Manhattan, internationally regarded as the,
"Jazz Church,” where he performs and composes original music for weekly
He has performed with Gene Bertoncini, Bobby McFerrin, Maria Schneider,
Kenny Wheeler and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. he has played on
four "Downbeat" award-winning recordings as well as composer Steve
Reich's most recent chamber music releases on canteloupe and nonesuch
records. In june of 2003, he performed on albums with Ben Monder and
He studied jazz and classical bass with professors Jeff Campbell and
James Vandemark while earning both bachelors and masters degrees at the
Eastman School of Music. In 1999, he was privileged to study with
legendary bassist Dave Holland.
Ike lives in New York with his wife, soprano and teacher Misty Ann
Sturm. "Spirit", his first CD, was released in early 2004.
Integrating jazz and world rhythms in richly textured
original music, the New York-based Ike Sturm Ensemble fuses diverse
influences into a unified, contemporary style. The unique voices of each
of its ten improvising members speak to audiences within a saturated
environment of original artwork painted by artist and clarinetist
Madeline Sturm to complement the sound and form of the music.
A grant from the Eastman School of Music in 2001 provided an opportunity
the group’s first multimedia performance of Spirit, a three-movement
suite by Ike Sturm. Reflect (Live DVD – 2003) is a through-composed
using paintings, photographs and projected images to convey symmetry in
"This is exceptionally beautiful music played by
displaying a maturity way beyond their years. I'm impressed!"
-- Maria Schneider
"Ike Sturm's 'Spirit' is, to my ears, a deeply touching piece of
the often harsh world that we live in today, it is refreshing to
jazz-based music that is so open and vulnerable."
-- John Hollenbeck
Spirit (in Creation)
Acts (Spirit in Christ)
Everduring (Everlasting Nature Of The