Akshaya Avril Tucker

Composer Info

Name
Akshaya Avril Tucker
Biography

Akshaya Avril Tucker is a composer and cellist from Western Massachusetts. She is currently in her first year of the M.M. Composition program at the University of Texas at Austin, studying with Don Grantham, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Russell Pinkston and Stephen Slawek. Akshaya has been studying Odissi dance since 1999, and Classical Indian music (on cello) since 2014, and her work is greatly inspired by the musical and dance traditions of South Asia. She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 2015 with a B.A. in Music. In 2014, she received two grants to study Hindustani music in India. A recipient of the Madeira Award of the Brown Club of Rhode Island, she also received a Brown University Distinguished Senior Thesis Award for her work on Gyaan Kar Dekh/Perceive with Love, a collaborative piece for Indian and Western Classical instruments and Odissi dance. Last October, her arrangement, “Lagan Bina” for Hindustani vocalist and string quartet, was performed at the Shastra Symposium 2016 at William Paterson University, NJ, alongside her presentation "Arranging with Hindustani Music: a Student Perspective." Akshaya works part-time as Program Coordinator at Shastra, an organization dedicated to connecting the musical traditions of India and the West.

Website
http://www.akshayatucker.com
Influences
Indian Classical music, Minimalism, Brahms, Baroque
Genres of Interest
chamber music, solo instrumental, collaborations with Indian Classical musicians
My Style
Embracing the meditative, soulful moments in sound.

Student Information

Degree Pursuing
Masters, Composition
Hometown
Ashfield, Massachusetts
Other Degrees
B.A. Music (theory/history/composition) Brown University, 2015

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