Nava Dunkelman is a Bay Area based percussionist and improviser. Born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in a multi-cultural environment by an American father and Indonesian mother. Her musical interests span the globe from Japanese taiko to Indonesian gamelan to American marching band, and from classical to contemporary to the avant-garde.
improvisational duo DunkelpeK with Jakob Pek, and percussion duo Nomon with her sister Shayna Dunkelman. She also has performed and collaborated with Fred Frith, John Zorn, Meredith Monk, George Lewis, William Winant, Ikue Mori, Henry Kaiser, Matmos, Pauchi Sasaki, gabby fluke-mogul and many others. She has performed classical and contemporary pieces with the William Winant Percussion Group, Joan Jeanrenaud, San Francisco Girls Chorus, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and others.
For 2019, she released Ende and The Flowers Die in Burning Fire as IMA on Buh Records.
Her work has been presented in High Zero Festival of Experimental Improvised Music (2015), residency at The Stone, New York City (2016), 15th Annual Outsound New Music Summit (2016), San Francisco Electronic Music Festival (2016), Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (2017), San Francisco Art Institute (2018), CCRMA, Stanford University (2018), Other Minds:Latitudes (2019), SFMOMA (2019).
Nava studied percussion under Eugene Novotney at Humboldt State University before attending Mills College, where she studied with William Winant, Fred Frith, Maggi Payne, Zeena Parkins, and David Bernstein.