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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. Upcoming films include American Factory / 美国工厂, premiering at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, CyberWork and the American Dream, airing nationally on PBS in April 2019, and Architects of Camellia, a documentary by Christine Choy.

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 in Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, and throughout the United States. Additionally, Chad has produced concerts for Midori and the United Nations in 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. In 2017, he was chief arranger and orchestrator for Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concert: Music From the Studio Ghibli Films of Hayao Miyazaki, which premiered in Paris. He also traveled with Hisaishi to Hiroshima, where the World Dream Orchestra premiered Chad's arrangement of music from the 1986 Ghibli classic, Castle in the Sky.  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

UPCOMING EVENTS

2019

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.

  • 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 17-18, Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concert: Music from the Films of Hayao Miyazaki @L’amphithéâtre, Lyon, France. Orchestrations by Chad Cannon.

April 11, World premiere screening of CyberWork and the American Dream, a feature documentary directed by James Shelley and Elizabeth Cobbs, sponsored by PBS SoCal.

April 27-August, Exhibition with Oscar Oiwa at Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of art in Kanazawa, Japan, with music from the studio recording of The Dreams of a Sleeping World.

September 21, 8pm, World premiere of a new commission from 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).

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.