Local 913, Episode 77: Avi Diamond
Squirrel Hill native Avi Diamond began taking informal piano lessons from a neighbor at the age of 8 and years later, was inspired to write her own music:
“I started writing when I discovered The Dresden Dolls. They stood out to me because they mixed all sorts of styles. You had a little cabaret, punk, classic, jazz... I could never figure out what kind of style I wanted to be. I take a lot from various styles, so when I heard them, that’s what I wrote my first song.”
Avi, who’s real last name is really Diamond, took her passion for music to Duquesne to study music therapy with a focus on Jazz voice:
“ When I was at Duquesne, I studied with Maureen Budway, who was a huge influence in the Pittsburgh music scene while she was alive. She really helped me access that part of my voice. She turned me on to a lot of people like Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald and all the classics.”
Lookout for an Indie Go-Go campaign for an upcoming album and for more on Avi Diamond, check out her Facebook page.