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April 1, 2012

North American Indian cello project comes to NDMOA

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[Note: This event was held on March 25, 2012]

North Dakota: Dawn Avery is a Mohawk composer and cellist. Thirza Defoe is an Oneida/Ojibwe vocalist and percussionist. Both performed in the season's final concert at the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks.

For years, the annual museum concert series has been rooted in traditional western classical music. This season, with the theme “Hidden Histories, Borrowed Sounds,” the concerts blended world and classical music.

Dawn Avery

Avery's North American Indian Cello Project  blends Native sounds and spirit with Western instrumentation and art forms. She has worked with musical legends from Pavarotti to Sting, and spent years honing her talents with top composers and music ensembles in New York City.

Dawn has performed world-wide and received numerous awards for her classical music. 

Dawn is a professor of music at Montgomery College and directs the MC World Ensemble.

Thirza Defoe

Defoe is a Grammy Award winning artist for her lead vocals on “Come to Me Great Mystery: Native American Healing Songs,” an album produced by SilverWave records. She is also recognized for her hoop dancing, storytelling, eagle dancing, and cultural education.

Defoe is currently enrolled at New York University. Her current focus is on artistic projects that pull in humanitarian messages rooted through music, literature, poetry and video.

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