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The Groundbreaking Album from Andy Akiho and the Omaha Symphony

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The Omaha Symphony is thrilled to announce the release of Sculptures — the world-premiere recording of our live performance held at the Holland Performing Arts Center in March, 2023. Composed by GRAMMY®-nominee Andy Akiho, this groundbreaking orchestral work was commissioned by the Omaha Symphony in honor of Ree and Jun Kaneko and serves as a stunning musical tribute to Jun's artistry. This one-of-a-kind recording is not only inspired by Kaneko's prolific sculptures, but also features his artwork as unique instruments. This live event was conducted by Music Director Ankush Kumar Bahl and performed by the Omaha Symphony, along with multimedia created by Andy Akiho.

Sculptures has been nominated for THREE 2024 GRAMMY® Awards – Best Classical Compendium, Best Contemporary Classical Composition for in that space, at that time, and Best Classical Instrumental Solo for Cylinders. The winners will be announced on February 4, 2024, LIVE in Los Angeles. This is the Omaha Symphony's first GRAMMY® nomination!

The album alternates between the sounds of a full orchestra, percussion, brass, and Kaneko's own sculptures. It can be found on most major streaming platforms such as Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon Music. Get the commemorative CD here! Stay tuned for more updates on this monumental Omaha Symphony project!

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About the Composer

Andy Akiho is a “trailblazing” (Los Angeles Times) GRAMMY® nominated composer whose bold works unravel intricate and unexpected patterns while surpassing preconceived boundaries of classical music. Known as “an increasingly in-demand composer” (The New York Times), Akiho has earned international acclaim for his large-scale works that emphasize the natural theatricality of live performance.

Learn more about Akiho and his process for this composition from our Meet the Composer story, initially released ahead of the world premiere performance.