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Mar 3 2021

Non:wa, the Now of the Past, Present, and Future: Soundscapes of Native American Indian Contemporary Music

Dawn Avery
lectures-symposia, world-music

GRAMMY- and NAMA-nominated world musician/multi-disciplinary artist Dawn Avery will offer a concert and lecture on some of the processes of decolonizing performance, ethnographic research, music theory, and analysis in the context of Native American Indian contemporary music from her own downtempo, classical, and theatre music, as well as the music of other Indigenous contemporary classical composers.

Dr. Dawn Avery
(Mohawk Kaniènké:ha descent) holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology with research on the application of Indigenous theory to Native classical composers and their music in which she created new methodologies to decolonize traditional research and analysis, and its representation.  In addition to participating in Longhouse ceremonies, she is committed to the preservation of language and culture through the production of archival recordings, the Native Composers Project, and the North American Indian Cello Project. Avery explores Indigenization in her performance and composition of collaborative multi-disciplinary works designed as ceremonies, that feature Kanienke’há:ka language, world view, and stories while exploring space and time through Native understanding. GRAMMY-nominated and Global Music Award-winner, her work spans classical chamber music, downtempo, mystic pop, and world sacred. Dawn Avery is a professor at Montgomery College in Maryland, where she runs a world music program.

Part of the Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy Colloquium Series, this event is sponsored by The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Department of Ethnomusicology, with support from the Dean of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

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The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is eager to provide a variety of accommodations and services for access and communications. If you would like to request accommodations, please do so 10 days in advance of the event by emailing ADA@schoolofmusic.ucla.edu or calling (310) 825-0174.


The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.