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Andy Akiho


Described as “mold-breaking” and “vital” by The New York Times, Andy Akiho is an eclectic composer and performer whose interests run from steel pan to traditional classical music. A graduate of the University of South Carolina (BM, performance), the Manhattan School of Music (MM, contemporary performance), and the Yale School of Music (MM, Composition), Mr. Akiho is currently a Ph.D. candidate with The Roger Sessions University Fellowship in Music at Princeton University.  His upcoming engagements include a performance with the LA Philharmonic, a tour in Taiwan for the 2012 International Drum Festival, and a headlining show at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC for the Centennial National Cherry Blossom Festival. He is the recipient of several ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, and his 2011 debut CD No One To Know One, on Innova Records, features compositions that pose intricate rhythms and exotic timbres around his primary instrument, the steel pan.

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Video 3/23/2012: ASCAP Foundation Presents: "Songwriters: The Next Generation"

The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers Foundation presents eclectic composer and performer Akiho, whose interests run from steel pan to traditional classical music, and New England roots singer Woodsmith leading the bluegrass phenomenon Della Mae.

Andy Akiho