Ayanna Woods
2022-23, 2023-24
Past Honorable Mention Mentor, Current Honorable Mention Mentor

Ayanna Woods is a Grammy-nominated performer, composer, and bandleader from Chicago. Her music explores the spaces between acoustic and electronic, traditional and esoteric, wildly improvisational and mathematically rigorous. She earned her B.A. in music from Yale University. Woods’ music has been performed in the US and abroad by Chanticleer, Third Coast Percussion, The Crossing, and Manual Cinema. Her band Yadda Yadda will release its debut EP, Spies & Remedies, this spring.