Composer, Cellist, Vocalist, Educator
Bringing the world together through music
Her own music spans from orchestral to downtempo. Additionally, she has worked with Grover Washington, Jr., Karsh Kale, Will Calhoun, Charles Wourinen and Phillip Glass.
GRAMMY and NAMA nominated performer Dawn Avery has worked with musical luminaries Luciano Pavarotti, Sting, John Cale, John Cage, and R. Carlos Nakai. She’s toured around the world playing Delta Blues with the Soldier String Quartet, Persian Funk with Sussan Deyhim, and opera with the New York City Opera Company.
Dawn’s music can be heard on several award-winning films, including: “Basquiat,” the Smithsonian’s “Always Becoming” by Nora Naranjo-Morse, several Rich/Heape Films and “Tadpole” featuring John Ritter and Susan Sarandon. She was the featured composer in residence with several theatre and dance companies, including the Shakespeare Project, Mimi Garrard Dance, Bob Parker, Museum of the American Indian, among others. In addition to co-composing Women of Troy, Avery has premiered theatre works at LaMama (NYC), Please Don’t Feed the Indians with Spiderwoman Theatre, and Ajijaack with Heather Henson’s Ibex Puppetry. She has collected awards for her classical works from Duke University, the Ford Foundation’s Indigenous Knowledge, Expressive Culture grant program of the American Composers Forum, Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian, American Dance Festival, Washington Flute Association, NYU, Meet the Composer, among others.
Dawn Avery has toured and recorded Sufi, Turkish, Persian and Afghan music for many years with Reza Derakshani, Sussan Deyhim, Baba Serifa, and Humayun Khan. She is playing on the recordings Madmen from God and Shy Angels by Sussan Deyhim. Dawn’s upcoming release, features contemporary music inspired by the Sufi dervish and Mohawk traditions.
She joins Alliance for New Music-Theatre as Composer in Residence. January 2018 you can hear her music and see her play live in Women of Troy: Voices from Afghanistan as part of the Womens’ Voices in Theater Festival.
Nurturing future generations, Avery runs a World Music program at Montgomery College in Rockville, MD where she is a full professor. She holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology with primary research in Native Classical Contemporary Composition and the application of Indigenous research techniques. Dr. Avery was awarded the 2011 United States Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. www.dawnavery.com