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Vocalist and composer, Amanda Ekery collaborates with historians, artists, and humans of all professions to create projects that allow people to explore their own stories. She weaves her experience in underground rock, improvisatory creative music, research, and jazz into her compositions workshops, and community-based performances.

As the co-founder and arranger of The Lomax Folk Project, she delves into the vast repertoire of the Lomax Collection with musicologist Hannah Grantham to connect with music of their home states, Texas and North Carolina respectively. The group performs across the United States where the music originated, inviting audiences to participate and learn about the music history from their own backyards.

Amanda composes music that is filled with imagery and strong narratives. Her newest piece, Keys With No Purpose, is a 40-minute work written as a reaction to the sexist culture women continue to face in jazz. The music tells a story of molding keys to open doors where you don't want to be. Some Short Songs is Amanda’s album of original music that explores the lydian chromatic concept. It has stories about hula-hoops, running out of peanut butter, and self-conscious clouds. Her compositions have received international acclaim, being selected for the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency at the Kennedy Center and have been featured at the Blue Note Amsterdam, Amalfi Coast Music Festival, and the Panama Jazz Festival.

Amanda performs in libraries, basements, and other non-traditional venues creating a more inviting atmosphere for listeners to join in, ask questions, and hang out. Currently she performs in Andrew & Amanda, a duo with pianist Andrew Boudreau. Together they play unusual jazz standards and original music in intimate settings including house concert series and galleries where they can have conversations with listeners.

Amanda is also a dedicated teaching artist. She is the creator and composer of Crayon Box, an interactive series of performances and workshops designed for third graders. In Crayon Box, students create their own graphic scores and learn about improvisation and composition via technology and visual art. By building relationships with community centers, she brings her experimental workshops and performances to students of all ages. Other workshops include Songwriting, Improvisation, & Storytelling, where students improvise and compose music based on literature, and Vocal Improvisation 101, which was shared with students at the Panama Jazz Festival.

A lover of stories, reading, and learning, Amanda's research focuses on female musicianship and the history surrounding their circumstances. Amanda has been invited to speak at the International Jazz Voice Conference in Helsinki, Finland, where she presented her research on the importance of vocalists developing skills to arrange their own music. Her self-published workbook, Arranging for the Solo Jazz Vocalist: A Workbook That Isn’t Boring, includes arranging techniques, transcriptions, lessons, and tips written specifically with vocalists in mind. Amanda’s other research includes papers Syrian Female Musicians: the Last One Hundred Years, and Female Bandleaders: Stories of Perseverance, Discrimination and Grit, which will be shared with senior citizen learners at Tufts University in summer 2018.

Amanda holds a Master of Music in Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. Her mentors include Ran Blake, Dominique Eade, Tanya Maggi, Jason Moran, and Rosana Eckert.