Georgian Polyphonic Singing Workshop Instructor
Andrea Kuzmich's eclectic musical activities defy her conventional classically oriented childhood which included performances with the Canadian Opera Company and as a cellist with the McMaster Symphony Orchestra. Singing in a Congolese Gospel choir, studying Balkan music, African American shouts, and exploring Ukrainian polyphony with peeps from Kosa Kolektiv are just some of her diversions. Her formal education at York University won her the Ella Fitzgerald award for Performance in Jazz, as well as the Saint Thyagaraja award for performance of South Indian music. Andrea has performed in and led numerous ensembles and choirs, from mainstream big band jazz to church choirs to contemporary improvised music. Most recently her focus has been directed to the ancient polyphony of Central Eurasia’s Georgia: singing with her family and the award winning ensembles Darbazi and ZARI, leading Georgian singing workshops, pursuing her PhD in Ethnomusicology at York University (on the embodiment of ancestry in the performance of Georgian polyphony), and travelling often to Georgia to study with singers there. She also runs MusiCamp, an ethnomusicologically inspired music camp for kids in Toronto.