Julius Masri

Julius Masri is a multi instrumentalist based in Philadelphia, and is a performer/ composer for the city's modern dance community at large. Born in Tripoli, Lebanon, he moved to the States in 1990, and picked up drumming a year later. He studied with famed Philadelphia instructors Carl Mottola and Elaine Hoffman Watts, and, as an undergrad at Bard College, AACM's Thurman Barker, Richard Teitelbaum, and grammy award winner Joan Tower. As a drummer, Julius can be seen playing in such bands as psychotic Ragtime duo Mahogany Stompers, thrash metal duo Night Raids, Van Sutra with guitarist George Draguns, and improv situations with reedist Keir Neuringer, guitarist Nick Millevoi, and many more. He also performs on circuit modified keyboards in duos such as Superlith, with Trombonist Dan Blacksberg (Deveykus, Anthony Braxton Quartet), Thurman Barker duo, and electronic music phenoms Charles Cohen and Joo Won Park. In the past few years, he has also focused on Arabic music, bringing his personal experiences into the musical language. A number of choreographed pieces he has performed and/or composed music for include:

Pia Mater, by Nicole Bindler May 2012

SHARE!, by Gabrielle Revlock Nov 2012

Onliest, by Curt Haworth May 2012, Nov 2013

DESTROY//, by Leyya Mona Tawil May 2013, (Takoma Park/DC Chapter)

Centurion, by Gregory Holt Nov 2013