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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 teams 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.

Our Mission

By creating interactive opportunities for youth, teachers and master musicians worldwide, we strive to achieve social justice solutions for an integrated globalized world.

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 20 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

  • Chinese nanguan singer Wang Xin Xin in “The Epic Project” (2011)
  • Music masters from 'The War Project: Music Unplugged' (2014)
  • Burkina Faso singer Mandjou Kone 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 20 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.

  • Shriram Brahmanandam at Tong Xin School in Beijing (2013)
  • Jackeline Rago at Synapse School in Menlo Park (2015)
  • Li Zhong Hua at Tong Xin School in Beijing (2013)
  • Imamyar Hasanov at Creative Arts Charter School in San Francisco (2014)
  • Imamyar Hasanov at Edna Brewer Middle School in Oakland (2014)
  • Jennifer Lim and I. Hasanov at Alice Fong Yu School in San Francisco (2014)
  • Michael Santoro and Yafonne Chen at Tong Xin School in Beijing (2013)
  • Rufat Hasanov at Mardakan Elementary School in Baku (2014)
  • George Lammam at New Village School in Sausalito (2015)
  • Rufat Hasanov at Mardakan Elementary School in Baku (2014)
  • Jackeline Rago at Synapse School in Menlo Park (2015)
  • Georges Lammam at New Village School in Sausalito (2015)

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.

  • Elshan Gasimov, Imamyar Hasanov, Rufat Hasanov in Gobustan (2014)
  • Flying Eagles Azeri Youth Dance Company in Gobustan (2014)
  • Azerbaijani National Dance Company in Gobustan (2014)
  • Azeri Film Crew in Gobustan (2014)
  • Beijing Migrant Workers venue in Picun Village near Beijing (2013)
  • Beijing migrant workers audiences in Picun Village near Beijing (2013)
  • SF World Music team and Su Heng’s New Worker Art Troupe (2013)
  • SF World Music team performing in Picun Village near Beijing (2013)
  • Michael Santoro and Sun Heng in Picun Village near Beijing (2013)
  • Entrance to Beijing Migrant Workers Home in Picun Village near Beijing (2013)
  • 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)

Geo-Music Treks

Our teams 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 livelihoods.

PEOPLE

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Michael Santoro

Honorary Council

Leaders from around the world who believe in our vision for social change.

Lea Salonga Manu Narayan Shane Howard Chip Conley David Henry Hwang  
           
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Michael Santoro

Core Team

Our music makers, directors and managers.

Yafonne Chen Nuchael Santoro Imamyar Hasanov Anuradha Sridhar Zhang Xiao Feng Tsering Dorjee Bawa
Pezhham Akhavass Wang Wei Shriram Brahmanandam Frederic O. Matthew Antaky Jim Block
Tsering Speckart          
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Michael Santoro

Worldwide Musicians Network

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

Salif Kone Rufat Hasanov Tashi Sharzur SwapanChaudhuri Nurbek Serkebaev Mao Jou Mei
Ozden Oztoprak Aleks Tosun Georges Lammam Abbos Kosimov Baba Ken Okulolo Jackie Rago
Su Wai Mandjou Kone Liu Wei Shan Wang Xin Xin Van-Anh Vanessa Vo Diana Rowan
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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 Ram Kaundinya Omar Ali Aydin Kiasat Josh Reiner
 
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Charles duChateau

Board of Directors

Our global business leaders and ambassadors for social change.

Jim Block Monica Chi Charles duChateau Anli Liu, MD, MA Richard Peters Michael Santoro
Dan Smith Dr. Jonathan Ying        
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.

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