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Ava Mendoza

AVA MENDOZA is a Brooklyn-based guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. Born in 1983, she started performing her own music, and as a sidewoman and collaborator in many different projects, as soon as she was legally allowed into venues. As a guitarist, Mendoza has received acclaim for her technique and viscerality. Her most ongoing work is as leader of art rock band Unnatural Ways, and as a solo performer of her own music and works by contemporary composers. In any context she is committed to bringing expressivity, energy and a wide sonic range to the music. Mendoza has toured throughout the U.S. and Europe and recorded/performed with musicians including Carla Bozulich, Malcolm Mooney (CAN), Steve Shelley, Mike Watt, Adele Bertei, Mick Barr, William Hooker, Nels Cline, Matana Roberts, John Zorn, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Fred Frith, William Parker, Hamid Drake, Object Collection (Travis Just), ROVA, Negativland, the Violent Femmes, and members of Caroliner. She has received composition commissions from film distributor Kino Lorber, new music duo The Living Earth Show, the Jazz Coalition, and John Zorn’s Stone Commissioning Series at National Sawdust. Recordings are available on labels Tzadik, Astral Spirits, SGG, Pyroclastic, Clean Feed, Resipiscent, and New Atlantis.


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Ava Mendoza: guitar vocals, Gabby Fluke-Mogul (violin)

Mendoza/Hoff Quartet


Ava Mendoza- guitar, comp. / Devin Hoff – bass, comp. / James Brandon Lewis – tenor sax / Ches Smith – drums


A new quartet co-led by guitarist Ava Mendoza (Unnatural Ways) and bassist Devin Hoff (Julia Holter, Nels Cline Singers). Our full-length album, Echolocation, released by AUM Fidelity Oct. 13, 2023, on CD, digital and vinyl.

Ava Mendoza meets SUE-C

Third Landing, the band with Abiodun Oyewole


Abiodun Oyewole- spoken word, Ava Mendoza- guitar
Devin Brahja Waldman- tenor sax, Alexis Marcelo- keys, Luke Stewart- bass, Ches Smith- drums


“Some people think free jazz is one thing, and other people think it’s another thing,” Vision Festival organizer Patricia Nicholson said to the audience in between acts last night. “The truth is, it’s all those things.” Her comments came after a set by Third Landing, a band led by guitarist Ava Mendoza and featuring the spoken words of founding member of the Last Poets Abiodun Oyewole. After Thursday night’s extraordinary lineup highlighting one subset of free jazz expressive emanations, I felt like this was a church I could live within forever. After last night’s performances stretched the free-jazz boundaries so vastly I felt like I couldn’t escape this church even if I tried, so inclusive is its musical embrace. No matter where I might wander, if I bring an openness of heart to listening, I’ll be in the free-jazz sangha. That’s what Nicholson was talking about, I think.