Grammy-nominated cellist/vocalist/composer and world music artist, Dawn Avery, shares contemporary soundscapes from spiritual, pop and classical elements that reflect a deep devotion to sacred traditions, her own Mohawk heritage and change. Composer, educator and GRAMMY nominated performer, she has worked with musical luminaries Luciano Pavarotti, Sting, John Cale, R. Carlos Nakai, Phillip Glass, Charles Wuorinen, Elliott Sharpe, and Ornette Coleman. She writes in a variety of styles from mystic world pop to classical, often fusing styles. She has collected awards from American Dance Festival at Duke University, Smithsonian, and the Ford Foundation’s Indigenous Knowledge, Expressive Culture grant program of the American Composers Forum, and Meet the Composer. Her works have been performed at schools and performing arts centers across the country including the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers, Carnegie and Merkin Halls. She enjoys the fostering of relational collaborations with audience, presenters and performers.
EngleWinds recorded her chamber music for wind quintet Tulpe (2008). Her music has been featured in award winning films Miramax Basquiat, Smithsonian Always Becoming, PBS The Warrior Tradition. Avery also composes for theatre with Spiderwoman Theatre in NYC, the Alliance for New Music-Theatre in Washington DC and Heather Henson’s IBEX Puppetry. She has won numerous Global Music Awards for multi-media projects 50 Shades of Red, Beloved, Crane on Earth and Sky. www.dawnavery.com