Vi An combines traditional Asian instruments such as the Vietnamese dan tranh, the Chinese zheng, and the Japanese koto with synthesizer-infused electronica. At this year’s TEDxYYC, she’ll be collaborating with her husband Matt Hanson on xaphoon and percussion, and musician Bijan Maysami on the Persian santur. Vi An has dedicated her life to music and collaboration for more than 18 years, creating over 15 solo albums and countless performances.

“It is extremely enjoyable to not know where the first note will come from and where the last note ends up.”