Meet the Artist – Eli Ponder-Twardy

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Our next New Music On A Sunday Afternoon will feature collaborations by current and former University of South Florida graduates. Get to know a little about them as we feature some of their work until the concert in June!

Eli Ponder-Twardy is a recent graduate of the University of South Florida, from which he holds a degree is in jazz performance. Eli has been a featured artist nationally, at USF’s 2015 New Music Festival and The Venture Compound’s: We Are Jazz Series, and, internationally, at the La Spezzia, Vienne, and Umbria Jazz festivals in Italy and France respectively. Tampa composers Nathan Corder, Susanna Hancock, and Paul Lewis have all dedicated pieces to Eli during his time in Florida.  Eli hales from rural northern Alabama, and, from an early age, has been drawn to the arts because of their ability to build community. In Tampa, Eli has undertaken organizational work with organizations that seek to do just that, including the Hillsborough County Arts Council in Tampa, Urban Conga, and College of The Arts Council at USF. In 2015, Eli was awarded a Fulbright study grant to study in Leeds, England. Through studying modern arts administration infrastructure in the UK, and the illustrious Arts Council of England, Eli plans on using this experience to gain necessary to advocate for community building through the arts upon his return to the United States.


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