“If I had to describe Lovell-Smith’s playing in one word, it would be lyrical. She lives in a space that most of us only visit occasionally.” -Sam Newsome, 2015
Jasmine Lovell-Smith is a composer and soprano saxophonist based in Wellington, New Zealand. Her compositions explore the intersections of jazz, folk, free improvisation and chamber music, and she enjoys bringing together the unique voices of improvisers to create something that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Jasmine spent a number of years living in the United States (New York, NY and Middletown, CT) and Mexico, where she participated in the local scenes as a performer, composer, assistant music publicist and educator. She has released two critically acclaimed albums with her New York based quintet Towering Poppies (2012’s Fortune Songs and 2016’s Yellow Red Blue), which received press in international publications including JazzTimes and The New York City Jazz Record.
As a saxophonist, Jasmine has performed at venues including Roulette, Korzo, SEEDS (New York City), Sala Xochipilli and Jazzorca (Mexico City), Teatro Ocampo and Amaticafe (Morelia, MX), Happy and Havana Bar (New Zealand), in contexts including Anthony Braxton’s Falling River Nonet (2014) and as a soloist with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Michoacan (2015).
Jasmine has studied with compositional luminaries including Anthony Braxton (Wesleyan University MA, 2014), John Psathas (NZSM DMA, in progress), William Brittelle (New Amsterdam Composers Lab 2017-18), Vijay Iyer (Banff Jazz Workshop, 2015) and Paula Matthusen (Wesleyan University MA, 2014). As a composer, Jasmine’s works have been performed by LOADBANG (NYC), May Cheung (NYC), Ensamble Extracontemporaneo (Mexico) and the New Zealand Youth Jazz Orchestra, as well as by her own ensembles. Her music has been featured on radio shows in Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the United States. She is currently working on a commission for Stroma and NZ jazz octet ‘the JAC,’ to be premiered in October 2018.