Akshaya Avril Tucker is a composer, cellist and Classical Indian (Odissi) dancer, whose works have been performed in New York City by the New Parnassus Ensemble, at Brown University, Smith College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently pursuing her MM in Composition at UT Austin, and studies with Donald Grantham, Russell Pinkston and Steven Slawek (sitar). She graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 2015 with a BA in Music. In 2015 she received a Brown University Distinguished Senior Thesis Award for her work on Gyaan Kar Dekh/Perceive with Love, a 30-min piece she created -- a collaboration that included a string quartet, Hindustani music ensemble, and Odissi dance. 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. Earlier this month, her arrangement "Lagan Bina" for Saili Oak (Hindustani vocalist) and string quartet, was performed at the Shastra Symposium of Indian and Western crossover music at William Paterson University, NJ.
Music created during Cycle Two: