Peruvian-born, California-grown, Boston-based composer Anaís Azul (she/they) is a composer, singer-songwriter, educator, and creative collaborator. B.M. in Music Composition and Theory from Boston University, their music is in conversation with jazz harmony, looping, Nueva Trova, Minimalism, and free improvisation of the human voice. Azul has been commissioned by the Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Berkeley High School Band and Orchestra, Oakland Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Awesome Orchestra, Serenbe Playhouse, and Boston Conservatory at Berklee. They are the recipient of the Boston University departmental award in composition, Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival award for Outstanding Composition and Sound Design for Displaced: A response to Qurban (Boston Conservatory at Berklee), and Arts Lab Fellowship (Boston Medical Center). Also a passionate educator, Azul has taught bilingual (Spainsh and English) songwriting, group piano and group voice at the Hyde Square Task Force in Jamaica Plain (2016-18) and privately at Whole Tone Music Academy in Somerville (Current). In 2017 she also taught improvisatory sound composition at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Azul currently sings in Boston based social justice choir Voices21c and is founder of band Cathartic Conundrum. They are passionate about holding space for community to come together in the name of art and love and they practice that as co-event manager for Weird Folk Fest. In November 2018, she collaborated with hip-hop artist Billy Dean Thomas creating and conducting string arrangements for American Gothic premiered at OBERON and is always looking for new ways to integrate art forms. Currently, she is collaborating and composing music for Danse Theatre Surreality in Lauren Hlubny’s new work 7 Gorges. Anaís Azul believes music is a tool for communication, empowerment, and finding common ground amidst war and hate.
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