Jean Cook, violinist for Ida, also performs with Jon Langford, The Mekons, Elizabeth Mitchell, His Name Is Alive, and Mountain Ocean Sun. She is a founding member of Anti-Social Music and has performed with improvisers such as Cecil Taylor, Anthony Braxton, Evan Parker and indie rock bands like Belle And Sebastian and The Hold Steady. Since 2008 she has been the director of Future of Music Coalition. In 2009 Home Normal were lucky enough to release her superb work with Mountain Ocean Sun (Jean Cook, Warren Defever, Hitoko Sakai, Daniel Littleton).
Here's a little more information about Jean Cook:
Jean Cook has been playing violin since 1979. She is part of the 11tet, a New York based jazz composers workshop, and is a founding member of the PnR Salon in Washington, DC, which brings together post-punk rockers and classically trained musicians. In 2000, she appeared at the Kennedy Center's Hip-Hop Festival and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival with the Hip-Hop Philharmonic, a DC based live hip hop orchestra. Occasionally she plays around New York with the Dixieland group "Wriggle's Red-Hot Agate-Cracking Jassers". She currently records and performs with Beauty Pill, Gena Rowlands Band, Ida, Jenny Toomey, and Jon Langford/Ship and Pilot.
Jean produced and hosted "The Twentieth Century String Quartet" on WKCR-FM, New York from 1995-1996. She was the publicist for Washington Performing Arts Society for three years before moving to New York in 2000. Recently, she curated a western classical recital series for WPAS and produced the multimedia DIY opera,The Nitrate Hymnal. She currently works for a political group called Air Traffic Control that helps musicians to be more effective in the current election cycle.
There's a great interview on Resources For New Music with Jean Cook talking about musician incomes among other things you can listen to here:
Here's a live performance of 'In The Spirit of Peter Kowald' for Arts For Art / Evolving Music Series in New York, USA. Tony Malaby - Tenor Saxophone /Jean Cook - Violin / John Hebert - Bass / Ches Smith - Drums:
You can stream, share and buy the Mountain Ocean Sun debut 'Peace Conference' here: