Andrea Kuzmich's eclectic musical activities defy her conventional classical beginnings. By the age of 16 she had sung in four different Canadian Opera Company productions and performed as a cellist with the McMaster Symphony Orchestra. However, it wasn't until she discovered vocal jazz that her genuine musical personality began to emerge. Hungry for all forms of musical stimuli, she sang with a Congolese Gospel Choir, studied Bulgarian and Macedonian folk music, performed with a Jazz band in Toronto’s inner city streets, busked in the subways, and discovered the haunting, ancient harmonies of Caucasus Georgia. Her formal education at York University won her the Ella Fitzgerald award for Performance in Jazz, as well as the Saint Thyagaraja award for performance in South Indian music. On the free jazz scene Andrea has performed with Cecil Taylor's long standing trumpeter Raphe Malik, the late Glen Spearman, and New York's Sabir Mateen. In 1999 she participated in the Banff International Jazz workshop, singing with such greats as Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Hugh Fraser, Dave Holland, and Kenny Werner. She's the featured singer on Swing's Mistress, Whitney Smith's Big Band CD, as well as her own CD entitled Kooz's Blues. Andrea performs in a variety of jazz combos, teaches voice, has lead a children’s world music chorus (www.geocities.com/tcwmc) and has guest lectured at York University and the University of Toronto. She leads a split musical personality with performance and studies in music from the Caucasus Georgia (myspace.com/TrioZari and www.darbazi.com).