Ari Swan is a violinist, composer and music educator. Through her work she attempts to create spaces that prioritize Black voices and explore how art can cause a social reckoning. She is a member of Egyptian Cotton Arkestra, an all-POC free improvisation group, and performs as a duo with multi-instrumentalist Laurie Torres in SWAN/TORRES. Like many musicians she maintains a day job. In hers she is a fundraising professional.