Dawn Avery

Specialty: Composition

Dawn Ieri’hó:kwats Avery, composer, GRAMMY and NAMA nominated performer, has worked with luminaries Pavarotti, Sting, Cale, Cage, Nakai, Defoe and Shenandoah with awards from the Paris Women’s Film Festival, Ford Foundation and National Museum of the American Indian. Of Mohawk descent, she participates in Longhouse ceremonies and is dedicated to future generations of Indigenous composers and scholars, as well as the Indigenization of composition, education and performance.

Dawn Avery creates a contemporary soundscape from contemplative, folk, pop and classical elements. Her calmly passionate vocals and soaring cello lines reflect a deep spirituality rooted in her Native American heritage and love of sacred traditions around the world. 

A prolific composer and active performer, Dawn Avery is also an award-winning educator. She has toured the world playing Delta Blues with the Soldier String Quartet and Persian Funk with Sussan Deyhim. Earlier in her career she performed with the New Jersey Symphony and New York City Opera and played for Broadway musicals. She performed with Jazz Master Will Calhoun and Grover Washington, Jr., and with Indian/American Karsh Kale. Current performance projects range from musical theatre to world and music and recordings and performances.

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