Eden Girma is a multi-instrumental musician, singer, and composer hailing from Madison, WI. As a child of Ethiopian immigrants raised in the Midwest, Eden grew up at the nexus of widely varying and vibrant musical traditions, including: Ethiopian and American folk, European classical, jazz, rock, hip-hop. Today, Eden draws from these rich genres to create and perform music that not only resonates with individual hearts, but brings people closer together in a spirit of intimacy and empathy.
Eden's national awards include selection as a 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts and a Centennial Scholar of the Gordon Parks Foundation. Eden has also received a number of fellowships and awards for musical achievements and projects, including the Alex G. Booth Fellowship, the Harvard Music Department Davison Fellowship, and the Robert Levin Prize in Musical Performance. As a Harvard and New England Conservatory dual-degree student, Eden has worked with and studied under Vijay Iyer, Yosvany Terry, Hans Tutschku, Dominique Eade, Frank Carlberg, and Ran Blake. Throughout the undergraduate years, Eden held leadership positions in a number of artistic organisations such as the Harvard Radcliffe Dramatic Club, Renegade Magazine, and the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College.
Eden is proud and honoured to have created alongside and supported various young and established artists over the past half decade. Most recently, Eden was featured in the world premiere of MacArthur Fellow Tyshawn Sorey’s suite of new pieces, performing at the Banff Centre International Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music. Eden is presently pursuing a Masters in Creative Practice at Goldsmiths University.