Peruvian-born, California-grown, Boston-based composer Anaís Azul (she/they) is a composer, performer, educator, and creative collaborator. Azul has been commissioned to compose and arrange for orchestras, chamber ensembles, theaters, and hip-hop artists nationwide. Notably, they are the recipient of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival award for Outstanding Composition and Sound Design for Displaced: A response to Qurban (Boston Conservatory at Berklee). Currently, Azul is researching the connection between music and care through the Arts Lab Fellowship (2018-19) at Boston Medical Center. She is also collaborating and composing music for Danse Theatre Surreality in Lauren Hlubny’s new work 7 Gorges. Azul believes music is a tool for communication, empowerment, and finding common ground amidst war and hate.