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Ayanna Woods

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Ayanna Woods is a composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist from Chicago. She earned her BA in music composition from Yale University. Her pieces have been performed by the Wet Ink Ensemble, members of Fifth House Ensemble, the Chicago Children’s Choir, and others. Ayanna is a ravenous collaborator across genres. Her work as a writer, producer, and arranger can be found in film scores for Manual Cinema, Revive LLC, and the viral web series Brown Girls, as well as in Jamila Woods’ release, Heavn, and Ayanna’s own solo project called Yadda Yadda. She is a recipient of Third Coast Percussion's 2017 Emerging Composers Partnership. Her music explores the spaces between acoustic and electronic, traditional and esoteric, wildly improvisational and mathematically rigorous.

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