About The Speaker
Sara Sithi-Amnuai is a professional musician, composer, and creative technologist based in Los Angeles, California. She received her MFA in Performance & Composition at the California Institute of the Arts and a BA in Ethnomusicology (Jazz Trumpet) and a Music Industry minor from UCLA. Sithi-Amnuai’s recent work focuses on the intersection between identity, improvisation, and live performance interaction between the performer's body and their instrument through gesture and sound. Her latest work is Nami, a custom built glove interface designed for live musical performance utilizing gesture recognition tools and community research. Sithi-Amnuai is a member of the Pan Afrikan People's Arkestra, an artist-in-residence with Poieto, and a Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) and Sustainable Little Tokyo (SLT) Nikkei Music Reclamation Project Fellow. She is also a recipient of the 2019 ASCAP Foundation Johnny Mandel Prize and Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award, and the 2018 BMI Future Jazz Master Scholarship.