This performance by jazz vocalist Amanda Ekery and pianist Andrew Boudreau took place on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 7:30 pm.
About the Artists
Vocalist and composer Amanda Ekery conjures a rich creative world in which improvised and popular music traditions weave together seamlessly. Her exceptional musical versatility has made Ekery a sought-after performer, presenter, and composer for a wide range of artistic endeavors.
Her compositions have earned support from New Music USA, Chamber Music America, and the Jerome Foundation, and have been featured at the Portland Jazz Festival, Panama Jazz Festival, and the Kennedy Center. Ekery’s 2018 album “Keys With No Purpose” was written as a reaction to the sexist culture women continue to face in jazz and informed by her research on females in jazz education.
Árabe, Amanda’s most recent project, focuses on Syrian immigration to El Paso/Mexico and the influence these mixed cultures had on film, food, economy, and music. She collaborates with the Syrian Ladies Club of El Paso, recent immigrants, Middle Eastern scholars, and her family to write lyrics, gather artifacts, and create interactive exhibits for the El Paso community.
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. She is the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs for the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, a teaching artist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild, the education coordinator at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and a regular at the Cortelyou Library in Brooklyn, NY.
Pianist Andrew Boudreau is an active member of the North American and international jazz and creative music scenes. He has performed with a diverse array of musicians and ensembles including the Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal with David Binney, soprano Measha Brueggergosman, and the Altsys Jazz Orchestra. As a soloist, he has been pianist-in-residence at 7132 (Vals, Switzerland) and at the Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA).
In 2019, Andrew was a prizewinner at the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition (formerly known as the Great American Jazz Piano Competition). One of eight Canadian musicians to receive the Astral Artist Prize (2013) at the National Arts Centre (Ottawa, Canada), Andrew is also the recipient of the OPUS Prize for Concert of the Year - Jazz and World Music in Quebec (2016).
Andrew’s formal training includes a Master of Music at the New England Conservatory, Bachelor of Music at the Schulich School of Music (McGill University), and Associate of the Royal Conservatory Diploma (Piano Performance) from the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto).
A native of Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada, Andrew currently lives in Brooklyn.