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VISION

  • Our Global Music Directors for Azerbaijan, USA, China, and India (2012)
  • Our directors on stage after “The Opera Project” world premieres (2012)

Our Global Music Directors for Azerbaijan, USA, China, and India (2012)

Music has the power to transform people.

There is a simple beauty in music connecting with a listener for the first time. In our 18 years of creating stage productions, we’ve discovered that this connection not only can inspire people to explore their own potential, but even inspire change for the greater good. Change that can revive centuries-old traditions, fuel developing economies, and educate the youth. This is why we thrive.

Music lovers on a mission to inspire, educate, and innovate through music.

Our team of music directors and producers are driven to bring traditional, classical, and indigenous music from around the world to audiences everywhere. Whether it’s launching a Youth Orchestra in San Francisco, collaborating with master musicians in Kyrgyzstan, or introducing music education to migrant schools in Beijing, we do what it takes to make music heard.

PROCESS

We’ve pioneered a music-creation process.

In the same way data scientists play with ones and zeros, our team experiments with new ways of bringing music to listeners like you. And after doing it for 18 years, we’ve honed it down to a uniquely innovative process. The result? Music that transcends culture and generations.

  • Festival masters and youth rehearsing for “The Ritual Project” (2010)
  • Festival masters and youth rehearsing for “The Opera Project” (2012)
  • Imamyar Hasanov and youth musician rehearsing (2012)

Our Global Music Directors for Azerbaijan, USA, China, and India (2012)

LIVE Music

Master musicians from around the globe, with the most talented youth musicians, together on one stage. Making music that’s never been performed before.

  • Satellite live-streaming pre-show testing from Ita Thao Village in Nantou, Taiwan (2010)
  • Satellite live-streaming performance of Thao shaman grandmothers in Nantou, Taiwan (2010)
  • Live-streaming of Trinity vocalists learning Chinese nanguan music by Wang Xin Xin (2011)

Satellite live-streaming pre-show testing from Ita Thao Village in Nantou, Taiwan (2010)

LIVE Stream

Physical distance is no obstacle. Our live-streaming platform allows musicians, students, and audiences to interact and learn from each other.

  • Kyrgyz youth musicians at Djany-Tilek Village in Kyrgyzstan (2011)
  • Beijing Opera master Li Zhong Hua at Tong Xing school for migrant children in Beijing, China (2013)
  • Thao shaman grandmother Mao Jou Mei (2010)

Kyrgyz youth musicians at Djany-Tilek Village in Kyrgyzstan (2011)

LIVE Think

Music is the first step in seeing the bigger picture. With LIVE Think, we’re bringing cultures together with visionaries from various fields to tackle global problems

PROJECTS

  • Burkina Faso singer Mandjou Kone in 'The Epic Project' (2011)
  • Chinese nanguan singer Wang Xin Xin in “The Epic Project” (2011)
  • Tibetan ritual singer Ani Palmo in “The Epic Project” (2011)
  • Kyrgyz Manas epic singer Talantaaly Bakchiev in “The Epic Project” (2011)
  • Cuban percussionist John Santos in “The Ritual Project” (2010)
  • Didjeridoo virtuoso Stephen Kent in “The Ritual Project” (2010)
  • Beijing Opera singer Zi Rui in “The Opera Project” (2012)
  • Azeri opera singer Vusala Musayeva in “The Opera Project” (2012)
  • Venezuelan instrumentalist Jackeline Rago in “The Ritual Project” (2010)
  • Uzbeki doyra virtuoso Abbos Kosimov in “The Ritual Project” (2010)
  • Trinity & AACM youth virtuosi in “The Epic Project” (2011)
  • Tibetan singer from Chaksampa in “The Opera Project” (2012)
  • North Indian vocalist Gaayatri Kaundinaya in “The Int’l Youth Music Initiative” (2009)
  • Three next-generation Kyrgyz masters in “The Epic Project” (2011)
  • Korean masters Kim Dong Won and Bae Il Dong in “The Opera Project” (2012)
  • Doug Goodkin in “The Epic Project” (2011)

Burkina Faso singer Mandjou Kone in 'The Epic Project' (2011)

Worldwide Stages

It’s no easy task putting the world on a stage. For over 18 years, our team has put together numerous musical productions. This involves directing master musicians from different cultures to play as one, as well as utilizing the most innovative staging techniques.

  • A student at Zhen Hua Elementary School for migrant children in Beijing (2013)
  • Chinese percussion troupe from Alice Fong Yu School in San Francisco (2007)
  • I. Hasanov, J. Owen, M. Santoro at Djany-Tilek Villaage in Kyrgyzstan (2011).
  • Opening Day for our Djany-Tilek Kyrgyz Music School (2009)

A student at Zhen Hua Elementary School for migrant children in Beijing (2013)

Worldwide Classrooms

If we don’t pass international music onto future generations, it’s in danger of being lost forever. That’s why we have dedicated programs for both students and teachers, where they can learn, share, and even perform music from a diverse range of cultures.

  • Thao Pestles maker Diang Bao Dan (2011)
  • Thao music class at Ita Thao Village in Nantou, Taiwan (2012)
  • Thao shaman grandmothers performing at Ita Thao Village in Nantou, Taiwan (2010)

Thao Pestles maker Diang Bao Dan (2011)

The Global Serve Initiative

Our team ventures to all corners of the Earth to collaborate with master musicians. Our goal is to give their music a chance to be heard worldwide, as well as finding ways to help them sustain their livelihood.

PEOPLE

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Michael Santoro

Directors

Our core team of music makers and producers.

Yafonne Chen Nuchael Santoro Imamyar Hasanov Anuradha Sridhar Zhang Xiao Feng Tsering Dorjee Bawa
Pezhham Akhavass Sofia Lopez Ibor Frederic O. Matthew Antaky Jim Block  
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Worldwide Musicians Network

First-in-class music played by masters from around the world.

Shriram Brahmanandam Tashi Sharzur Wang Wei SwapanChaudhuri Rufat Hasanov Nurbek Serkebaev
Mao Jou Mei Ozden Oztoprak Aleks Tosun Stephen Kent Salif Kone Abbos Kosimov
Baba Ken Okulolo Jackie Rago Su Wai Mandjou Kone Liu Wei Shan Wang Xin Xin
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Berfin Oztoprak

Worldwide Youth Network

The next generation of music pioneers.

Berfin Oztoprak Ananya Ashok GaayatriKaundinaya Vignesh
    Venkatraman Garyan Wong Nathan Cheung
Brian Chow Ram Kaundinya Omar Ali Aydin Kiasat Eman Essa Josh Reiner
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Carola Barton

Board of Directors

Our global business leaders and ambassadors for social change.

Jim Block Carola Barton Dr. Jonathan Ying Radhika Padmanabhan Jim Block Michael Santoro
Dan Smith Richard Peters Charles duChateau William Tong    
Board of Advisors Council of Musicians Board Emeriti

STATIONS

Our current Projects.

City,Country

Global network of musicians featured in our Projects.

PANGU

The first music universe in the cloud.
Explore. Stream. Perform.

An upcoming digital platform from our team.

  • Music like you’ve never imagined.

SPONSORS

  • FUNDERS

  • Bill Graham Memorial Fund Callison Foundation Chinese Performing Arts Foundation Fund for Folk Culture Institute of East Asian Studies UC Berkeley The March Foundation Morgan Family Foundation Panta Rhea Foundation   Potrero Nuevo Fund San Francisco Arts Commission San Francisco Foundation Silicon Valley Community Foundation Schulte Grants for the Arts & Crafts Silk Road Foundation Walter & Elise Haas Fund William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
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  • A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OUR DONORS!

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