Profile: Jonn Serrie
Jonn Serrie Hooked on the wonders of the cosmos as a youngster who saw Sputnik tracking across the night sky, Jonn Serrie has become one of the foremost composers of Spacemusic. Ranging from classic plantarium-style deep-space excursions to romantic melodic compositions, Serrie's many recordings have been among the most popular space music releases.
Serrie's space music is decidedly ambient, but with subtle bits of melody and rhythm quietly drifting in and out. The music is floating, timeless, swirling, dreamy and cosmic. "Space music fans enjoy lengthy experiences where they can immerse themselves totally in the voyage," explains Serrie. "The musical journey I try to create would be as if we were in a starship together moving across the universe seeing incredible sights with the music as the backdrop for our exploration."Jonn Serrie

Hidden World Review: Hidden World

There have been many attempts at fusing Native flutes with synthesizer arrangements, but most of them fail because the synth sounds are pedestrian and stiff, or the flute playing is rudimentary. That's not the case with these two virtuosos. Gary Stroutsos brings the chops of jazz and Afro-Cuban playing to bear on a performance that nevertheless eschews technique in deference to nuance. Jonn Serrie, on the other hand, since 1987 has been articulating a lush, space-music sound on several albums that are noted for their richly textured sound design. Together, they carve out a contemplative zone of slow-motion space largos, touched by hints of Middle Eastern percussion. Serrie has been here before with his 1998 Native-inspired album, Spirit Keepers, but Stroutsos is a more gifted collaborator. His melodies weave from the curvaceous themes of Indian snake charmers on the title track to the more classically inclined refrain of "Earth Sky." The relentlessly slow pace of Hidden World can wear thin over the course of the album. Even the drama of field drums and cymbals and clay pot percussion barely breaks the surface of the album's doggedly contemplative mode.

- John Diliberto: Host of ECHOES   (editorial for

On 14 October 2000, Jonn Serrie performed in Philadelphia at The Gatherings Concert Series with world flutist Gary Stroutsos and percussionist Larry Mahalis. This was not only their first concert in Philadelphia, but their first public performance together ever as a trio! Jonn Serrie returned to Philadelphia on Saturday 14 May 2005 for a solo concert at The Gatherings. Afterwards, Serrie played a live in-studio on-air radio concert for STAR'S END. An excerpt of this concert appears on the STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Anthology CD.
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Jonn Serrie live on STAR'S END 05.15.05

STAR'S END CD STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Anthology CD

To mark 30 years of continuous broadcast of STAR'S END, WXPN is releasing the STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Anthology CD. This double CD contains over 120 minutes of live music from 12 renowned artists. The unique performances were culled from on-air in-studio radio concerts by some of our community's greatest talents. Included on the disc are previously unreleased live selections donated by: The Ministry of Inside Things, Orbital Decay, Ian Boddy, AirSculpture, Radio Massacre International, Robert Rich, Rudy Adrian, Jonn Serrie, Jeff Pearce, Saul Stokes and Steve Roach.

STAR'S END 30th Anniversary CD Anthology


Jonn Serrie Following his performance at The Gatherings Concert Series on 14 May 2005, Jonn Serrie transfered himself and his music making gear over to STAR'S END Ambient Radio for a live in-studio radio performance and brief interview. Listen to the 10 minute interview excerpt, which touches on Serrie's unique scientific orientation to Spacemusic, by clicking on the link below:

Many thanks to Art Cohen and Cyberworkx for their key efforts in making this interview available from this website

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