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Ava Mendoza (US)

Unnatural Ways

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With ‘Unnatural Ways’ Ava Mendoza has developed a deeply personal, raw and strong sound.
In their unpredictable live shows, her trio pushes the boundaries of notated music to its musical
origins in noise rock, free jazz and metal.

Ava Mendoza & Tatsuya Yoshida

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A member of the renowned progressive rock duo Ruins, and undoubtedly one of the most important drummers to come out of the Japanese avant-rock scene, Tatsuya Yoshida has been invited by New York City guitar-immolator Ava Mendoza for their first ever encounter on stage.

About Ava Mendoza

Ava Mendoza (born in 1983, Miami, Florida) grew up in Orange County, California. The now Brooklyn-based experimental guitarist, vocalist and composer has received acclaim for her technique and visceral approach. Most recently, Mendoza leads her experimental rock band Unnatural Ways, as well as performing solo.

She originally studied classical guitar, before becoming more interested in rock music, punk, and no wave. Soon, she was abusing electric guitars. “I played in rock bands – punk bands that had free sections and were into improvising,” she says. “I think that was part of how I learned to play on electric. Plus, I was always still studying Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler, trying to figure out how they constructed their lines.”

Later, Mendoza settled in Oakland, California where she was pivotal to the local music scene. Along with former Flying Luttenbachers chief Weasel Walter, she helped shepherd Oakland’s free-improvisation and noise scene, as well as collaborating with Nels Cline, Henry Kaiser and Fred Frith.

Mendoza has toured throughout the US and Europe, recording or performing with musicians that include Carla Bozulich, Fred Frith, Mick Barr, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Mike Watt, Matana Roberts, Ikue Mori, Matt Mitchell, Adele Bertei, William Hooker, Jon Irabagon, and the Violent Femmes.

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