Jen Mayer, Music; Violin / Saz

Jennifer Yael Mayer is co-founder and music director of Jamila Lotus.

Jen has a B.A. in Music from Columbia University and

studied violin at the Oberlin Conservatory, Juilliard School,

Brevard Music Center, and Idyllwild School.  Her primary teacher was

Borovoj Martinic-Jercic, current Concertmaster of the eminent

Croatian chamber orchestra the Solisti di Zagreb. 

She is a lifelong student of world folk music.


She has performed at Renaissance Festivals around the U.S.

for over 20 years, playing with such diverse acts as

the Pipe and Bowl Morris (CA), Arsenne of Paris, troubador Owain Phyfe,

and folk/blues singer Eddie Jeff Cahill.

Jen was the original Music Director of the Cannon Theatre Company (NYC), worked in commercial music production for David Baron of Baron & Baron Productions (NYC), and has recorded for such clients as Showtime, PBS, and Nickelodeon.  She appeared with acclaimed flamenco ensemble Calo Flamenco

in their national touring production of Levanto, and has collaborated with

fellow Jamila Lotus band member Kris Hill to produce music for

modern dance, including Scorpius Dance Theatre and Movement Source.  

Shes arranges and records strings for various studios, primarily

Flying Blanket Studios in Mesa, AZ.