Lucy Little is a classically-trained violinist, multi-instrumentalist and composer. Her style and composed and improvised works incorporate violin, electronics, guitar, and voice and innovate traditional forms by drawing on minimalism, classical, Irish fiddle, folk, klezmer, and pop.
In addition to her solo electroacoustic project, Lucy forms an integral part of numerous ensembles and collaborations of many different styles. She plays violin and guitar with Midwestern blues and indie rock outfit Half Gringa and violin and vocals for the chamber rock group The Phantom Broadcast. Lucy also plays regularly with singer/composer Michelle Rodriguez (MICHA) and the ambient-electronic project Lykanthea, and is a member of the Chicago Middle East Music Ensemble. Notable performances include opening for Le Butcherettes and The Flaming Lips at Taste of Chicago, performing at the NPR Tiny Desk Contest: Chicago Showcase, and performing at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art for the opening of their 50th Anniversary celebration. Lucy recently scored and performed the music for a production of Will Eno’s play Middletown in New York City and is currently working on scores for dance and theater pieces currently in development.
Lucy began her musical journey with the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music in New York City. Under Roberta Guaspari’s direction, she performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the White House, the Oprah Winfrey Show, and the David Letterman Show all before the age of fifteen. After graduating from Opus 118, she studied violin at the Manhattan School of Music’s pre-college program and worked with composers Fusun Koksal and Kotoka Suzuki as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago. Her thesis composition “Landscape” was performed by members of the eighth blackbird quartet in 2012. She continues her violin studies under Todd Reynolds and Addison Teng.
Lucy received her BA with honors in Music at the University of Chicago. Lucy is a 2018-19 U.S. Fulbright grantee and will be based in Europe from October 2018 to June 2019, where she will be working with Musicians Without Borders and studying how musicians and cultural actors more broadly are supporting refugees resettling in Europe. Lucy plans to start her Masters of Music in Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory of Music in fall 2019. She currently lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Outside of music, Lucy also has a passion for youth arts education, communications & graphic design, and social circus.