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Avery Waite & Kim Mai Nguyen Cover Elliott Smith on Folk & Beyond, Dec 19




on Folk & Beyond

Thursday, December 19, 2013

4:30 pm (est)

Cellist Avery Waite and Violist Kim Mai Nguyen will stop by WTJU on Thursday afternoon, December 19, to cover a few Elliott Smith tunes during Folk & Beyond.

Cellist Avery Waite is an active performer, educator, blogger, and composer. In addition to being involved in a wide range of education programs, social justice initiatives, and cultural diplomacy projects, he is the artistic director of Music Feeds Us, a concert series designed to promote hunger relief and awareness. Originally from California, Avery has appeared in concert at Avery Fisher Hall, The Kennedy Center, Alice Tully Hall, MoMA, Carnegie Hall and has performed solo in Europe, Asia and North America. Avery has been a featured performer on Sesame Street and was also recently selected to perform in concert with Itzhak Perlman at the Perlman Music Program. Avery is also an active composer and arranger. Inspired and moved by his most recent experiences in Afghanistan, he has done extensive arranging of traditional Afghan folk music. Selections from these arrangements were recently performed at the Spoleto Music Festival in Charleston (SC) and at The Juilliard School. Avery completed his undergraduate studies at Oberlin Conservatory in 2010 and received a Masters degree from The Juilliard School in 2012.

Originally from France, violist Kim Mai Nguyen has performed across the globe as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player. She recently performed for Michelle Obama and the spouses of the heads of government attending the United Nations General Assembly. She has also appeared in concert at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin and Salle Pleyel in Paris. Kim Mai has participated in numerous festivals such as the Castleton Orchestra Festival, New York String Seminar and Tanglewood Music Center and has had the honor of working with distinguished conductors as Christoph von Dohnanyi, Tan Dun, Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, Jaime Laredo, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Mazur and John Williams. Passionate about both modern and baroque viola, Kim Mai has performed with William Christie, Monica Huggett, Ton Koopman and Jordi Savall. Believing strongly in the concept of artist as citizen, she has participated in numerous cultural exchange and teaching projects including trips to Afghanistan, Jamaica, Guatemala and Mexico. Kim Mai holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Juilliard School in New York.

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