Ezra Axelrod '08

Ezra Axelrod '08

“Lust for Wisdom”

a performance piece by

Ezra Axelrod


April 10, 2010, Middlebury College, Mead Chapel, 8:00pm, free admission.  Ezra Axelrod will perform his “Lust for Wisdom” song-cycle at Middlebury College as part of his 10-date headlining tour from Montreal to New York City.  The performance piece explores themes of love, lust, violence and gay/masculine identity through the artists’ original songs.  The Middlebury concert will feature several surprise guest appearances!


At once villain, hero, and observer, Ezra Axelrod conveys the universal themes of his generation through intimate, realist portraits of individual experience. He calls his musical style Vernacular Realist Song: vivid narratives, gritty soulfulness, and the stylings of a classical pianist. 

Ezra grew up in a small, isolated town in the American West, privy to the stark contrasts, conflicts, and contradictions typical of such places. From an early age, he made sense of his complicated environment through music, engrossed in the works of Bach, Chopin, Albeniz, Ives and even John Cage. He realized that music could be a vehicle for discussing the controversial issues of his community and started penning songs at age 10. He established himself as a gifted songwriter early on, performing for his middle school, high school and at the local university, standing out as a social commentator committed to addressing serious issues in his music. 

Ezra studied voice, composition and piano at Middlebury College, in Vermont, before moving to London in 2008. Upon arrival in the UK, Ezra soon found himself swept up by a career as a songwriter, recording artist and performer. He recorded his first EP, The Enfield Sessions, in November of 2008, a follow-up EP, Patria, in August 2009, and in December, together with London promoter Aubrey Dobson, Ezra launched The Menagerie, Central London's only venue for cutting-edge performance art and music. The enterprise is live music venue, record label, distributor and artist management company, all under one roof.  The “Lust for Wisdom” Tour is a Menagerie production.

CONTACT: Ezra Axelrod ezraaxelrod@gmail.com  Telephone: +44 75 3535 0440

Department of Music

Mahaney Center for the Arts
72 Porter Field Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753