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Evan Lurie
Lurie in 2014
Born1954 (age 69–70)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
  • Composer
  • musician
Years active1978–present
Known forThe Lounge Lizards
RelativesJohn Lurie

Evan Lurie (born 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States)[1] is an American composer and musician. Playing piano and occasionally organ, Evan was a founding member of the band the Lounge Lizards, along with his saxophonist brother John Lurie.[2]

Lurie started producing music for Nickelodeon in 2001, as the composer for their show Oswald. He was later the music director for all four seasons of the Nick Jr. series The Backyardigans, which features a different musical genre in every episode.[3] In 2011, Lurie composed an unused song for Nickelodeon's Winx Club[4] (a show that many other Backyardigans crew members worked on, including creator Janice Burgess).

Other notable productions he has written music for include Joe Gould's Secret (2000) and Steve Buscemi's Trees Lounge (1996).


With The Lounge Lizards: see The Lounge Lizards Discography



  1. ^ "Evan Lurie". Retrieved September 26, 2021.
  2. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 1535. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  3. ^ a b ""The Backyardigans'" musical tour guide is a Lounge Lizard". Variety. September 19, 2007. Archived from the original on November 13, 2011. Twenty-five years ago, Evan Lurie was a Lounge Lizard who haunted New York City night spots and European jazz festivals. Today he's the musical tour guide for Pablo the penguin, Tasha the hippo, Tyrone the moose and the other stars of Nickelodeon's hit animated skein The Backyardigans.
  4. ^ a b "Dubway Studios: September 2011". Archived from the original on May 17, 2020. Speaking of Nickelodeon, Dubway provided ADR for the LA-based Winx Club production... Winx Club tapped Evan Lurie (The Backyardigans, Oswald the Octopus) to compose a new song for their Christmas special. Evan brought the song to Dubway, producing it with the help of Dubway's Keith Rigling.