Jude Icarus is a recording artist and composer whose work spans genres and mediums in the pursuit of authentic expression, personal empowerment, and meaningful positive change.
He began his training at age 4 under hip-hop violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain, composed his first piece – a contemporary classical trio performed by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s – at age 7, and wrote his first songs at age 10 after being inspired by Tupac’s “Keep Ya Head Up.” At age 13, he launched the Archimedes Alliance, a crowdsourced non-profit organization that raised over $45,000 from small donations to help break the cycle of extreme poverty in communities around the world. Now 22 and completing his B.A. in music at Columbia University, he splits his time between the stage and the studio.
As an artist, he has performed for crowds of 10 and 1,000, at open mics and opening for international tours, all the while working under the tutelage of GRAMMY™-winning producer Tiger Roberts to write, produce, perform, and record his forthcoming debut LP. As a composer, he has written music for dance, film, theater, and web-content, including the internationally acclaimed documentary dance film WAITING FOR COLOR about the ongoing LGBTQ+ purges in the Chechen region of Russia.
He has been featured on the Huffington Post, WIRED, and MSNBC, and his work has been featured in Conde Nast’s them, GLAAD, The Guardian, and the New York Times.