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Andy Akiho

steel pans

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Andy Akiho is an award winning composer and performer with a broad range of interests that stretch from steel pan to western classical music. Akiho was recently featured as a composer on PBS’s “News Hour with Jim Lehrer” and as a percussionist at Carnegie Hall in New York City. His compositions have been recognized by such organizations as Meet the Composer, Bang On a Can, The Syracuse Society for New Music, The Playground, The World Steelband Music Festival and the 2009 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Awards. Akiho has studied formally at the University of South Carolina, the University of North Texas, and was one of the first twelve graduates of Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance Program. He is an active member of The Claremont Ensemble, TACTUS and The Andees Trio, groups that recently commissioned and premiered his works Subconscious Inconsistency, I falleN TwO, and the rAy’s end. Akiho’s works have been performed in a variety of venues including John Zorn’s The Stone (NYC), Lincoln Center (NYC), MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, Mass MOCA, and the St. James Theater (Port of Spain, Trinidad). His recent commissions include a new work entitled Alloy for steel pans and metallic drumset for the 2009 Bang on a Can Marathon, a string quartet for ETHEL, a chamber work for the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, a saxophone and electronics piece entitled Amalgamation for the Redline Saxophone Quartet, and a new chamber work entitled No one To kNOW one for The Playground to be premiered at The 2010 Mile High Voltage Festival. Akiho recently studied composition at MSM with Julia Wolfe, and percussion with Jeffrey Milarsky and John Ferrari. He currently studies composition at Yale University School of Music with Christopher Theofanidis and Ezra Laderman.

As a percussionist Akiho has performed with numerous professional ensembles, and his immersion in various genres has given him a unique approach to his primary instrument, the steel pan. Recent engagements include the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, Ethos Percussion Group (NYC), Djoliba Don West African Drum and Dance Ensemble, Gamelan Lila Muni (Eastman School of Music), Island Close By Steel Band, and many chamber ensembles throughout New York City. After completing his bachelor’s degree in percussion, he made four extensive performance visits to Trinidad, where he participated in the world’s premier steel pan event, Panorama, with the PCS Starlift Steel Orchestra and the Petrotrin Phase II Pan Groove Orchestra. Akiho also won Second Prize in the 2002 World Steelband Music Festival solo competition, where he premiered his own composition, Macqueripe. Since 2003, he has performed and taught steel pan extensively in New York City and has successfully taught his arrangements to many groups including the Sesame Flyers International Steel Orchestra. As an educator, he serves as a lead teaching artist for ArtsConnection, New York’s most comprehensive arts-in-education non-profit organization. Akiho plans to continue his career as a performer while placing an emphasis on his chamber and orchestral compositions.

Firehouse 12 Performances

TwoSense Saturday, October 2, 2010, 7:30p

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