Photo credit: Sasha Pedro, INPUT/OUTPUT Magazine

Photo credit: Sasha Pedro, INPUT/OUTPUT Magazine

Saxophonist - Vocalist
Composer - Arranger

Allison Burik grew up in the Kansas City jazz scene, where the tradition of jazz is so deeply rooted that it can be heard in the musicians playing there today. She has performed there as the headliner in her own ensemble in addition to a myriad of other ensembles including the New Jazz Order Big Band and the Black House Collective Composers Ensemble. During her time in Kansas City she performed as a featured artist at venues such as the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, Take Five Coffee+Bar, and the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. Burik attended Berklee College of Music and received her Bachelors Degree in Performance in 2016. In October of 2015, Burik went on tour with the Vid Jamnik 5tet in the Lorraine region of France and performed in the Nancy Jazz Pulsations Jazz Fest that year. Since releasing her first album in 2014, Burik has released a solo EP, “Some Days Like This,” (2019) a quartet album, “Mythos,” (2016) and will be releasing a duo album fall of 2019 with guitarist Magdalena Abrego. Their duo goes by the name Umbrella Pine and since 2013 the two have been steadily cultivating their sound through original compositions and improvisation. Burik has been on tour with a number of bands, including Jonah Francese's Thinkin' Big Band, which played in Washington DC, Boston, Rochester, and New York City. Burik went on tour in South Korea with the Dabin Ryu Quintet in July 2019. They played in venues throughout Seoul, Busan, and Gwangju. Over the years Allison has studied with notable musicians including George Garzone, Joe Morris, Ingrid Laubrock, Ran Blake, Carla Kilhstedt, Anthony Coleman, Frank Tiberi, Bobby Watson, Jaleel Shaw, Shannon LeClaire, and Tia Fuller. In August 2017, she attended the Banff Jazz and Creative Music Workshop in Alberta Canada, under the curation of Vijay Iyer. There, she participated in ensembles led by internationally known musicians including Tyshawn Sorey, Imani Uzuri, Matthew Stevens, and Jeremy Pelt.  Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s degree in Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory in Boston while maintaining an active career as a performing and recording artist.