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chad cannon

composer

 

 Chad Cannon is a composer interested in the intersection of cultures, history, and human stories. His debut soundtracks received global recognition - Paper Lanterns received an IFMCA (International Film Music Critics’ Awards) nomination for Best Original Score for a Documentary, while Cairo Declaration, co-composed with Xiaogang Ye, received China’s highest film prize, the Golden Rooster Award for Best Music. Most recently he scored the acclaimed Netflix documentary, American Factory / 美国工厂, which won the Best Director Award for a Documentary at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and is the first release by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground. The PBS documentary CyberWork and the American Dream, with a symphonic Americana score by Chad, also aired nationally in April 2019.

Praised by The New York Times as “subtle, agile," and with “vividness of emotion”, Chad’s concert works also explore human emotion through the lens of cultural history, and often include visual or literary elements. The Dreams of a Sleeping World, an hour-long symphony with woodwind soloist and choir, is based on 10 paintings by Japanese-Brazilian painter Oscar Oiwa, and features 9 poems from around the world by individuals who have experienced large-scale calamities firsthand. The piece was premiered in 2017 by the Slovenia Philharmonic and Choir and recorded by Vladimir Kulenovic and the Hollywood Studio Symphony in 2018. In September 2019 Kahchun Wong and the Nuremberg Symphony will premiere Chad’s newest concert work, Himmelserscheinungen (Sky Visions).

A graduate of Harvard and Juilliard, Chad is the founder of the Asia / America New Music Institute (AANMI), which promotes cultural diplomacy through contemporary concert music. With AANMI, Chad has produced chamber music concerts throughout Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, and the United States. Additionally, Chad has produced charity concerts for Midori and the United Nations in Japan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Nepal.

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Paper Lanterns

by Chad Cannon

PAPER LANTERNS is a feature documentary film about Hiroshima survivor Shigeaki Mori and the 12 American prisoners of war who were killed by the atomic bomb in 1945. Shigeaki Mori recently made headlines worldwide when President Barack Obama embraced him as part of his historic visit to Hiroshima on May 27, 2016. Directed by Barry Frechette.

Released by Quartet Records, this trans-Pacific soundtrack features Kojiro Umezaki, shakuhachi; Mai Fujisawa, vocals/lyrics; and a Hollywood orchestra recorded at EastWest Studios in Los Angeles. It received a 2016 International Film Music Critics Association nomination for Best Original Score for a Documentary.

Get the album now! https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/paper-lanterns-original-motion-picture-soundtrack/id1112638195

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Orchestration

Chad works with some of the world's most renowned composers and orchestrators. Since 2017 he has collaborated closely with composer Joe Hisaishi, acting as chief arranger for Hisaishi’s world tour featuring music from the films of Hayao Miyazaki. Under Conrad Pope, Chad has orchestrated for Academy Award-winning composers Alexandre Desplat and Howard Shore, and is credited under Tim Williams on Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2. He also did arrangements for the League of Legends 2017 World Championship, held at the Beijing Olympic Stadium and Water Cube (video below).

Wonderfully orchestral, thematic, melodic, dramatic, epic and romantic...
— MovieScore Media, 2016
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UPCOMING EVENTS

2019

August: New Japan Philharmonic, Joe Hisaishi & World Dream Orchestra 2019, Symphonic Suite “Kiki’s Delivery Service”, arranged by Chad Cannon. Japan Tour.

  • 8/1, 6:30pm, Shizuoka City Community Large Hall

  • 8/2, 6:30pm, Aichi Prefectural Art Theater, Nagoya

  • 8/5, 6:30pm, Fukuyama Hall of Art and Culture

  • 8/6, 7:00pm, Nagasaki Brick Hall

  • 8/8-9, 7:00pm, Suntory Hall, Tokyo

  • 8/11, 5:00pm, Kyoto Concert Hall

  • 8/12, 4:00pm, Hyogo Performing Arts Center, Nishinomiya

August 21, Worldwide premiere of AMERICAN FACTORY on NETFLIX.

August 23, Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concert: Music from the Films of Hayao Miyazaki @L’Arena, Verona, Italy. Orchestrations by Chad Cannon.

September 21, 8pm, World premiere of Himmelserscheinungen (Sky Visions) by the Nürnberger Symphoniker, Nürnberg, Germany, with KahChun Wong, Conductor.

RECENT EVENTS

2019

January 8, 8pm, World premiere of The Dreams of a Sleeping World, Chad’s debut symphonic album, to video at Raleigh Studios’ Charlie Chaplin Screening Room in Los Angeles. Special guests: Oscar Oiwa (painter), Yuyutsu Sharma (poet/author), Andrew Lowy (Los Angeles Philharmonic, clarinet), Phil O’Connor (bass clarinet), Chris Bleth (woodwinds), Benjamin Salisbury (conductor), Braulio Lin (filmmaker), and Matthew Snyder (Grammy-winning engineer & mixer).

Sundance Film Festival: World premiere screenings of American Factory / 美国工厂, a feature documentary by Participant Media with directors Julia Reichert and Steve Bognar. Read the feature in the Salt Lake Tribune.

  • 1/25 5:30pm, Prospector Square Theatre, Park City, UT

  • 1/26 8:15am, The MARC Theatre, Park City, UT; and 9:00pm, Broadway Centre Cinema, Salt Lake City, UT

  • 1/29 11:45am, Sundance Mountain Resort Screening Room, Sundance, UT

  • 1/30 6:30pm, Redstone Cinema, Kimball Junction, UT

  • 2/1 12:15pm, The Ray Theatre, Park City, UT

February 5, Worldwide release of Illumination’s Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch DVD, which includes Chad’s score for the animated short, Dog Days of Winter, featuring the Grinch’s dog, Max.

February 9, Joe Hisaishi with 3D Orchestra @Philharmonie of Paris, Spirited Away: Symphonic Suite. Arranged by Chad Cannon.

February 14, Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concert: Music from the Films of Hayao Miyazaki @Forest National, Brussels, Belgium. Orchestrations by Chad Cannon.

February 17-18, Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concert: Music from the Films of Hayao Miyazaki @Amphitheatre 3000, Lyon, France. Orchestrations by Chad Cannon.

March 10, Kyo-Shin-An Arts, Next In New York - Spring Green. Performance of Death Masks, with James Nyoraku Schlefer, shakuhachi, and Hub New Music. @Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, New York, NY. Tickets available here.

March 21-24, GLAS Animation Festival in Berkeley, CA. World premiere screenings of Tim Rauch’s animated short, Mushroom Park. Music by Chad Cannon.

March 27 & 31, CPH: DOX, Copenhagen, Denmark. Screenings of American Factory / 美国工厂. Music by Chad Cannon.

March 30 & 31, Cleveland International Film Festival. Screenings of American Factory / 美国工厂. Music by Chad Cannon.

April 4, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham, NC. Opening night screening of American Factory / 美国工厂. Music by Chad Cannon.

April 9, LA premiere screening & Q&A of CyberWork and the American Dream. Original Score by Chad Cannon. @Loyola Marymount University, 12105 West Waterfront Drive, Playa Vista, CA. Tickets free. Register here.

Sarasota Film Festival, Sarasota, FL. Screenings of American Factory / 美国工厂. Music by Chad Cannon.

  • 4/11, 7pm, Auditorium 6

  • 4/12, 4:15pm, Auditorium 7

April 15, Screening & Q&A of CyberWork and the American Dream. Original Score by Chad Cannon. @Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.

April 23, Screening & Q&A of CyberWork and the American Dream. Original Score by Chad Cannon. @Institute for Public Knowledge, New York, NY.

THE DREAMS OF A SLEEPING WORLD: CINEMA EXPERIENCE - ASIA SCREENINGS

  • 4/16 Hong Kong, China, Hong Kong Baptist University (lecture and excerpts)

  • 4/17 Beijing, China, Central Conservatory of Music (lecture and excerpts)

  • 4/20 Liaoning Provincial Library Auditorium. 12pm (lecture and excerpts)

  • 4/22 Yanai, Yamaguchi, Japan

  • 4/23 Fukuoka, Japan

  • 4/24 Kyoto National Museum

  • 4/25 American School in Japan, Tokyo (lecture and excerpts)

  • 4/27 21st Century Museum of Art, Kanazawa, 5pm (Grand opening of Oscar Oiwa’s solo exhibition)

  • 4/28 National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (co-hosted by the Harvard Club of Japan)

Tribeca Film Festival, New York, NY. Screenings of American Factory / 美国工厂. Music by Chad Cannon.

  • 4/26, 8:30pm, SVA Theater 2 Beatrice

  • 4/27, Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-10

  • 4/30, Regal Cinemas Battery Park 11-9

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Screenings of American Factory / 美国工厂. Music by Chad Cannon.

  • 4/30, 6pm, Isabel Bader Theatre

  • 5/2, 10:30am, TIFF Bell Lightbox 1

  • 5/4, 6pm, Isabel Bader Theatre

  • 5/5, 4:15pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox 1

May 5, Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concert: Music from the Films of Hayao Miyazaki @Prague Congress Centre, Prague, Czech Republic. Orchestrations by Chad Cannon.

May 9, Screening & Q&A of CyberWork and the American Dream. Original Score by Chad Cannon. @Women’s University Club, Seattle, WA.

May 20, Dreams of a Sleeping World - Cinema Experience Screening, Salt Lake City, UT. Salt Lake Public Library, 7pm. Co-hosted by the Harvard Alumni Association of Utah.

2018

December 2, 3pm, A Dream Deferred: Langston Hughes in Song @ Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. Featuring Artist in Residence Julia Bullock, soprano. Performance of Harlem, 1951. Read The New York Times review here.

November 10, 8pm, Asia-America: New Ideas Through Music @ UC Irvine, Winifred Smith Hall. Performance of Death Masks by Kojiro Umezaki, Shakuhachi, and Hub New Music.

November 2-3, Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concert: Music from the Films of Hayao Miyazaki, @ Carnegie Hall, New York City. Orchestrated by Chad Cannon.

October 20, 5:30-9pm, Japan Society of Northern California, Annual Gala Dinner, San Francisco Marriott Marquis. Performance of Paper Lanterns Theme Song by Mai Fujisawa, Chad Cannon, and Kumi Uyeda (piano).

September 21, Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concert: Music from the Films of Hayao Miyazaki, @ Microsoft Theater, Los Angeles. Orchestrated by Chad Cannon.

September 9, 7:30pm, New Japan Philharmonic, Joe Hisaishi & World Dream Orchestra 2018, Symphonic Suite from Spirited Away, Gymnasium of Shenzhen Bay Sports Center, Shenzhen, China.

August: New Japan Philharmonic, Joe Hisaishi & World Dream Orchestra 2018, Symphonic Suite from Spirited Away, arranged by Chad Cannon.

  • 8/9 Iwate Kenmin Kaikan

  • 8/10 Tokyo Suntory Hall

  • 8/13 Okayama Symphony Hall

  • 8/14 Kagawa Rexxam Hall

  • 8/15 Osaka Festival Hall

  • 8/17 Gunma Beisia Culture Hall

  • 8/19 Ishikawa Ongakudo

  • 8/20 Tokyo Suntory Hall

  • 8/21 Tokyo Sumida Triphony Hall

July 7, 6:30pm, Trianon Theater, San Jose, California. Performance of Gateway: Stories from Angel Island by the Bridge Piano Quartet (Cynthia Baehr, violin; Eleanor Angel, viola; Kristen Garbeff, cello; and Kumiko Uyeda, piano). Narrated by Nobuko Saito Cleary, Butoh dancing by Judith Kajiwara. Read David Bratman’s review in the San Francisco Classical Voice.

July 1, 4pm, Premiere of Gateway: Stories from Angel Island, commissioned by the Bridge Piano Quartet (Cynthia Baehr, violin; Eleanor Angel, viola; Kristen Garbeff, cello; and Kumiko Uyeda, piano). Narrated by Nobuko Saito Cleary, Butoh dancing by Judith Kajiwara.

June: Asia / America New Music Institute (AANMI) Japan Tour - Conductor Yuga Cohler; Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi); and Hub New Music (Michael Avitabile, flute; Jesse Christeson, cello; David Dziardziel, clarinet; Zenas Hsu, violin)

  • 6/11 Nijojo Castle, Kyoto

  • 6/12 Workshop with Kyoto Horikawa Music High School Choir & Orchestra, with Miki Kaoru, clarinet

  • 6/13 Kyoto National Museum Auditorium, featuring Ryu Goto, violin, with ensemble members from Kyoto City University of the Arts

  • 6/15 Screening and panel discussion of Paper Lanterns film, Kobe University Music Department

  • 6/16 Dedicatory performance at Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, Concert at Kyushu National Museum in Fukuoka, featuring students and faculty from Fukuoka Jogakuin

  • 6/17 Charity Concert at Ryusenji Temple in Hita City, Oita

  • 6/19 Hiroshima University, featuring students and faculty from Hiroshima University Music Education Department

  • 6/20 Shuto Pastoral Hall, Iwakuni in Yamaguchi

  • 6/22 Suntory Hall Blue Rose, Tokyo

May 25-28, Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concert: Music from the Films of Hayao Miyazaki, @ San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. Orchestrated by Chad Cannon.

May 24, Paper Lanterns Screening and Panel Discussion at Asian Art Museum, San Francisco.