Avo Randruut

Avo Randruut draws from his experience in African, Brazilian, Latin, Reggae, Funk, American Roots, New Orleans Second-line and Jazz to create participatory percussion experiences for students of all ages. Career highlights include: several appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, performing with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble at Millenium Park in Chicago, composing complete musical scores for several musical productions at major theater/performance spaces in Chicago, an MA in Ethnomusicology, artist in residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Musical Director for the Depaul University African Music Ensemble, Musical Director for Evanston Escola de Samba, and having been recognized for a National Endowment for the Arts grant.  Avo is an experienced music educator that has opened the world of percussion to many eager students.