Presented by Aimusic School and Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra (FYCO), the International Aimusic Festival is held in April and May in San Jose, California. Aimusic presents Eastern traditions while emphasizing courtesy, collaboration, comity, and understanding. The school‘s mission is to use these values to nurture positive human relationships.
The Festival celebrates the World Intangible Cultural Heritage arts proclaimed by UNESCO, as well as the National Intangible Cultural Heritage arts announced by China State Council. Aimusic has promoted Kunqu, Peking, Yueju Operas, Pingtan, and Cantonese music in its first Festival, and is open to staging other traditional performing art forms recognized for their distinct Eastern aesthetics.
In addition to artistic traditions, Aimusic promotes respect for the acoustic qualities in music, and hence advocates for un-amplified sound for all performances. Electricity and technology have brought modern conveniences to daily life, yet they have alienated people from nature in many ways. In times without sound reinforcement, performers’ voices still had to reach everyone in the audience, regardless of the venue: be it a teahouse, a courtyard, or a marketplace. Audiences used to be able to hear the singing clearly even in open spaces. Natural acoustics in cultural activities have been well preserved within the countrysides of China, and in opera houses/concert halls in the Western world. However, this mindset is hardly practiced in most commercial or professional performances. Through this international cultural exchange activity, Aimusic School wishes for all to “go green” by listening to unaltered, natural sounds.
Aimusic thanks the city of San Jose, the state of California, and the federal government for their support in the US. In China, the Municipal Cultural Bureau of Suzhou dedicated great efforts to the Festival. It was truly a unique, multifaceted international exchange activity, with contributions from the governments and individuals from both countries. We trust that all participants enjoyed lifetime benefits from this exceptional experience.
Aimusic cordially invites performing arts groups, music schools, municipal organizations, and folk arts performers to join our Festival. Presenting traditional arts in the traditional manner, our Festival brings them to the world in their original colors, and enduringly natural flavors.