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Annie Lewandowski

Senior Lecturer

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Lincoln Hall, Room 112



Annie Lewandowski is a composer, improviser, and multi-instrumentalist whose work has situated her between the worlds of improvisation and independent rock music. As an improviser on the piano and accordion, she has recorded with Fred Frith, the London Improvisers Orchestra, Caroline Kraabel, Tim Feeney, and Doublends Vert, and performed with improvisers including Theresa Wong, Miya Masaoka, Chris Cutler, Evan Parker, Ellen Fullman, and Charles Hayward. At Cornell, she is a member of the Cornell Avant-Garde Ensemble.

As a singer, guitarist, and keyboardist, Lewandowski has recorded with rock bands Emma Zunz, Xiu Xiu, The Curtains, Former Ghosts, William Ryan Fritch, and Hawnay Troof. Her band Powerdove has released eight recordings: "Live at the Maybeck House" (self-released, 2010), a self-titled EP (Circle into Square, 2011), "Be Mine" (Circle into Square, 2011), "Do You Burn?" (Circle into Square/ Murailles Music/ Africantape, 2013), "Arrest" (Murailles Music/Sickroom Records, 2014), "Powerdove Live" (Wild Silence, 2016), "Powerdove" (France Musique Label Pop, 2016), and "War Shapes" (Murailles Music, 2017). She premiered her Euripidean song cycle "Bitter Banquet" with baroque keyboardist David Yearsley at the Sustaining the Antique Festival of Classics at Cornell University in October 2016. 

Lewandowski has performed at festivals and venues across the United States and Europe, including the Casa da Música  (Porto, Portugal), the Hippodrome (London), Musica Nelle Valli (San Martin Spino, Italy), the Great American Music Hall (San Francisco), the Frieze Arts Fair (London), Avalon (Los Angeles), and Redcat (Los Angeles). She is a 2014 Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellow.

Lewandowski received her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from the College of St. Catherine, and her Master of Fine Arts in Music Performance and Literature with a Specialization in Improvisation from Mills College. At Mills, she was awarded the Flora Boyd Piano Performance prize for her work on extended techniques for the piano.


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