Biography

Julius Masri is a Philadelphia based multi instrumentalist, and a performer/composer for the city's 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 Philadelphia instructors Carl Mottola and Elaine Hoffman-Watts. As an undergraduate at Bard College, he studied with AACM's Thurman Barker, Richard Teitelbaum, and Joan Tower.  Julius plays drums, circuit modified Casio keyboards, Oud, Kamancheh (aka Rabab, Spike Fiddle), and various other instruments. Festivals performed include Sonic Circuits DC (2013, 2016), High Zero Baltimore(2016), Maryland Death Fest (2015),  The Outsiders Improvised & Creative Music Festival (2016) and more. Julius will return to Maryland Death Fest in 2017.  He is currently working with Graffito Works dance collective, as well as countless music situations.




Music for Choreography:


​*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, (Washington DC/ Philadelphia)
*Centurion, by Gregory Holt Nov 2013
*You & Me, by Tara Rynders Sept 2014
*NowHere Festival Philadelphia October 2015
*Graffito Works Performances 2015 Present

Music Releases


* The Burrs: Flying Potion (Private Release) 2007

*Br'er / Drums Like Machine Guns ‎: Archaic Fetishism Volume 1 (cassette release) 2008
*Ex Reverie: Door Into Summer (Language of Stone/Drag City) 2008
*Jesse Sparhawk -Eric Carbonara: Sixty Strings (VHF) 2011
*The New Heaven & The New Earth: Ricorso (Private release) 2012
*Superlith: Plasma Clusters (Eh? Records) 2012

​*LionsHead: Always Say Always 2014

*Night Raids EP (Scum Cult Records) 2014

*MC Tonguedancer: Dreams In Cryogenic Fugue 2015


Soon To Be Released:

*Horse By Committee:  Shayna Dulberger-Bass/ Keir Neuringer-Sax/ Julius Masri- Drums

*Superlith II: Dan Blacksberg-Trombone/ Julius Masri - Circuit bent keys

*Night Raids EP #2: Grind-Thrash



Current and Previous Bands:


Night Raids: Thrash/ Grind/ Metal 2-Piece    ​                                 
Erik Ruin's Ominous Cloud: ​Large Ensemble, Mixed Media

Sirius JuJu:  Heavy 5 Piece.  With Heru Shabaka-Ra and Mike Watson of the Sun Ra Arkestra

Superlith: Circuit Bent Casios and Trombone 2-Piece   

Van Sutra: Guitar/sax/ drums. Free-Jazz//Avant-Rock; members of Don Caballero and Storm & Stress​

Mahogany Stomper: ​Psychotic Ragtime Duo

LionsHead: Guitar/Bass/ Drums Trio. Free-Jazz// Avant-Rock 

Electric Simcha: Hasidic Hardcore Punk Rock 

Musica Da Filadelfia Samba: Philadelphia Samba marching band

Golden Ball: Psychedelic Pop