I am AVA: a Montana-grown musician whose original songs blend indie, jazz, and RnB influences into folk roots. My music is directly reflective of my life as a young woman in the era of late capitalist, mass-mediated North America. Themes of greed, power, (dis)connection, love, and loss permeate my playing style for a unique, contemporary sound.
I was born to a songwriter and a music teacher, so music entered my life before language did. All thanks to my upbringing, I’ve been singing, writing, and playing guitar since I was a young girl. Now I’m fortunate enough to place my music at the forefront of my priorities, focusing on touring, recording, and collaborating with other brilliant artists.
In addition to music performance, I’m also an experienced music producer, live sound engineer, and theatre director/choreographer. I specialized in political performance art at Quest University Canada in Squamish, British Columbia, weaving critical theory into the prowess of embodied art forms.
As a multi-disciplinary performance and sound artist, my mind and body return to the stage time after time as a site of meaningful engagement with the world. Whether I'm singing original music or directing community theatre, I enter these spaces conscious of their power to promote discourse and activate change.
I believe that my life's work is to harness the transformative capacity of the stage. Now more than ever, I am leveraging my songwriting to join the voices of many trying to capture, assess, and re-envision life on earth.
Photo by Varsha Gill, 2019.