The Los Angeles-based Amare Girls Band was indeed formed as a bold statement, which aims to spread the word about the power of women in music and racial minorities in general. The group merges traditional Eastern and Western instruments, band members are native American and Asian-American musicians.
Annie Zhou - Founder/Composer/Guzheng Performer
Annie Zhou is the founder of the Amare Girls Band. Her performance was featured at various major shows such as the L.A. County Holiday Celebration and the Pacific Symphony New Year Celebration. Most of her compositions are focused on the interpretation and integration of multi-ethnic cultures, especially Asian folk instruments.
Inspired by the cultural exchange and integration, the band breaks through the tradition and collaborates Chinese instruments Guzheng, Pipa with Western instruments Flute and Violin. A hybrid of pop music and modern style produces a new and vigorous cross-border performance.
Shannon Canchola - Flutist
Shannon is a professional Flute performer and recording flutist who holds two master's degrees and is currently a Flute Professor at Cal Poly Pomona, Pierce College, and Citrus College. She is the principal of Valley and Performing Arts Opera Company. Shannon was a featured flutist who played with Ariana Grande at the Grammy ceremony 2019 and she tours with Persian pop superstars Aref Arefkia and Leila Forouhar all over the world.
Sasha Chandler - Violinist
Violinist Sasha Chandler is a performance and recording artist based in Los Angeles. She has played with ensembles such as the Eugene Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, the Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, and the San Bernardino Symphony. Sasha has performed with artists such as Yo Yo Ma, Gustavo Dudamel, ABBA, Itzhak Perlman, and John Williams.
Lei Liu - Pipa Performer
Lei plays a Chinese traditional instrument called Pipa, she's been trained professionally since the age of six and became one of the top Pipa performers. Lei performed at numerous events and concerts and was often invited as a special guest and judge to Pipa competitions.
Emily Stewart - Guest Violinist
Emily holds a Doctoral Degree from Boston University, she has worked with various world-class musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma. She's the first Violinist of Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra, New England Repertory Orchestra, she's also the teacher of Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences, and Brookline Public Schools.