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Ava Mendoza, Luke Stewart, Ches Smith, Keegan Monaghan
March 4, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Ava Mendoza, Luke Stewart, and Ches Smith in Performance & Discussion. Suggest minimum donation is $5. Donations go towards funding artist fees. Arts for Art’s On_Line Salon series features live streaming FreeJazz performances and conversations every Tuesday and Thursday.
Thursday March 4, 2021, 8PM ET
Video is available to view through Monday, March 8, 6PM ET
Ava Mendoza – guitar
Luke Stewart – bass
Ches Smith – drums
Keegan Monaghan – super-8 film
Ava Mendoza is a Brooklyn-based guitarist, singer, songwriterand composer. Born in 1983, she started performing her own music, and as a sidewoman and collaborator in many different projects, as soon as she was legally allowed into venues. As a guitarist, Mendoza has received acclaim for her technique and viscerality. Her most ongoing work is as leader of art rock band Unnatural Ways, and as a solo performer of her own music and works by contemporary composers. In any context she is committed to bringing expressivity, energy and a wide sonic range to the music. Mendoza has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe and recorded/performed with musicians including Carla Bozulich, Malcolm Mooney (CAN), Steve Shelley, Mike Watt, Adele Bertei, Mick Barr, William Hooker, Nels Cline, Matana Roberts, John Zorn, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Fred Frith, William Parker, Hamid Drake, Object Collection (Travis Just), ROVA, Negativland, the Violent Femmes, and members of Caroliner. She has received composition commissions from film distributor Kino Lorber, new music duo The Living Earth Show, the Jazz Coalition, and John Zorn’s Stone Commissioning Series at National Sawdust. Recordings are available on labels Tzadik, Astral Spirits, SGG, Pyroclastic, Clean Feed, Resipiscent, and New Atlantis.
In May 2020, Arts for Art introduced the On_Line Salon series to provide performance opportunities for our artists who lost all in-person gigs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, we’ve presented over 45 performances featuring 100 artists. Performances stream every Tuesday and Thursday. See the full schedule at https://www.artsforart.org/onlinesalon.
Arts for Art is dedicated to the exceptional creativity that originated in the African American multi-arts jazz culture that utilizes improvisation to express a larger, more positive dream of inclusion and freedom.