FOUNDING BOARD MEMBERS OF AANMI
Chad Cannon/ Executive Director, Founder
Yuga Cohler/ Artistic Director, Chairman of Competition
SunYoung Sunny Park/ Co-Founder, Korea Director, Treasurer
Sayo Kosugi/ Co-Founder, Japan Director
The Asia / America New Music Institute (AANMI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cultural exchange between Asia and the Americas through the creation and performance of new music concerts. AANMI concerts allow audience members to experience key narratives at the intersections of Asian and American cultures, past and present.
AANMI aims to help the Asia-Pacific region establish peaceful relationships by using music as a means for mutual understanding, at the highest levels of political engagement. In each place we give a concert, we strive to engage with the local community, either through cultural experiences or through educational activities, such as masterclasses at music schools and colleges.
AANMI has presented chamber concert programs, workshops, masterclasses, lectures, and public outreach programs in Beijing, Tianjin, Shenyang, New York City, Hanoi, Bangkok, Seoul, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Salem (Massachusetts), and Central & Southern Utah. Concerts have featured artists such as Ryu Goto, Matthew Aucoin, Davóne Tines, Rachel Lee Priday, Yuga Cohler, Kah Chun Wong, Narong Prangcharoen, Xiaogang Ye, Kojiro Umezaki, and Jun Hong Loh, in direct collaboration with over 150 other performing artists and composers.
AANMI was born out of a desire to bring young artists together through the medium of contemporary concert music. In its first season, AANMI directly collaborated with over 100 artists from 8 countries. AANMI’s 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 concert series were even more ambitious, with plans underway for more than 15 performances in Asia and the United States.
AANMI’s 2017-2018, our composers have each received a paid commission from the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, which was performed in 2017, and then give their Japan premiere performances during the AANMI 2018 tour. Composers were commissioned to write a piece of music for Japanese bamboo flute (shakuhachi) with quartet (flute, clarinet, violin and cello) and piano.