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JOHN LURIE (music) is an accomplished composer and musician and actor. He is known for his collaborations with Jim Jarmusch, composing the music for "Mystery Train," and both composing and acting in "Stranger Than Paradise," "Down By Law" and "Permanent Vacation." Recently, he composed the score for Barry Sonnenfeld's "Get Shorty" and Tom DiCillo's upcoming "Box of Moonlight." He previously scored Bette Gordon's "Variety" and Amos Poe's "Subway Riders," and provided original compositions for the soundtracks of Wayne Wang's "Blue In The Face" and "Slamdance," and Barbet Schroeder's "Barfly."

Lurie is also the leader of the renowned jazz ensemble The Lounge Lizards, which has toured the globe and released ten albums. In addition, he appeared in solo performances at Carnegie Recital Hall and with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra. He has also composed string quartets for the Kronos Quartet, as well as "The World Is Fair" for the Balanescu Quartet, which premiered at the World's Fair in Seville, Spain in 1992. His trio, the John Lurie National Orchestra, has toured throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.

Lurie also wrote, directed, produced and hosted a video series, "Fishing With John," which featured special guests Willem Dafoe, Tom Waits, Jim Jarmusch, Matt Dillon and Dennis Hopper travelling to unique fishing spots. His other acting credits include Wim Wenders' "Paris, Texas" and "Until the End of the World," Roberto Benigni's "The Little Devil," David Lynch's "Wild at Heart," and Martin Scorsese's "The Last Temptation of Christ."