Andy Akiho

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About Andy Akiho

Composer and percussionist Andy Akiho has specialized in music for steel pans and other percussion instruments, of which he plays many. His style has shifted from music influenced by Caribbean folk styles to more contemporary idioms, but he has continued to emphasize percussion instruments and has written music for drum and bugle corps ensembles. A string of prizes helped Akiho's career along, and he has been in demand as both a composer and performer. Orchestras worldwide have commissioned new works from him, and he has also composed many pieces for smaller ensembles. He has issued three solo albums, and more than ten of his compositions have been recorded. In 2021, Akiho's solo album Seven Pillars appeared, comprising a single work of that title described as a Sandbox Percussion Concert in 11 Movements. The work earned a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Composition.

Columbia, SC, United States
February 7, 1979

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