Jessie Lausé is a composer, performer, and all-around organizer of sounds both silly and cerebral. Their work explores the most ambiguous and campy aspects of language, popular culture, absurdism, and surrealism. Jessie’s compositional angle is that of experimentation through polytonality, theatrical technique, subversion, and electroacoustics. Their work has been featured at the Butler Elektronik Fest and the Fresh Inc Festival, and they have performed alongside such artists as Benny Golson, Evelyn Glennie, Jamey Simmons, and Sean Imboden.
Jessie graduated from Butler University with a B.S. in Arts Administration with an emphasis in Music Composition. Their primary musical mentors are Frank Felice, Michael Schelle, and Heidi Radtke. During their studies, they performed as a saxophonist, vocalist, clarinetist, and conductor with the Butler Bands, Jazz Ensembles, Choirs, and Composer’s Orchestra. They have also worked with several Indianapolis arts organizations on fund development, performing arts programming and venue/gallery management.
They are currently pursuing graduate studies in music composition at the University of Colorado-Boulder. When not composing, Jessie spends their free time producing and performing in improv comedy podcasts and watching Rupaul’s Drag Race with their cats, Gubaidulina and Mr. Bear.