Akshaya Avril Tucker is a composer, cellist and Odissi dancer, who draws inspiration from the music and dance traditions of South Asia. Recent commissions and projects include works for Johnny Gandelsman, Hindustani vocalist Saili Oak, Robert Howard, Duo Cortona, Englewinds, invoke string quartet, and #GLFCAMGigForCOVID. She holds an M.M. in Composition from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Music from Brown University. In 2019, she won an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. She is also a freelance writer and entrepreneur. At present, she ghostwrites, writes blog posts, manages inboxes, and believes in people.