Ava Mendoza (b. 1983 in Miami, Florida) is a Brooklyn-based guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. She started performing her own music 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 the art rock band, "Unnatural Ways" and as a solo performer of her own music as well as works by contemporary composers. 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.
Guitarist Ava Mendoza brought together her frequent collaborators Matt Nelson and Adam Lane with longtime inspiration Hamid Drake for a special performance at Vision Festival 24...More
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