Aya Tanimura '03

Panelist: View from the Director's Chair - Why Music and Sound Design Matter

Aya Tanimura is a Japaralian (half Japanese, half Australian) director who spent her formative years between Switzerland, Japan, and Australia. Today she is based in Los Angeles where in a very short period of time she has made a huge splash in the music video world with her highly original, beautiful concepts for artists such as Katy Perry, Charlie Puth, Alessia Cara, Julia Michaels, and Miguel. With over a billion cumulative views on YouTube, her work resonates with a large demographic, and her popularity has now translated to commercial work as well, where she has created content for Staples, Spotify, Sprint, Pepsi, Disney, Final Fantasy, QVC, Vogue, Katy Perry Shoes, and Tourism New Zealand. Most recently, her show “Witness World Wide,” which she conceptualized and ran, was named one of Time magazine’s top 10 shows of 2017. She was the first-ever female director to run the Golden Globe’s Glambot for E! and is currently prepping to shoot a pilot for the Disney Channel that will air in late 2019. In her spare time, Aya is an avid painter, Adidas tracksuit collector, Taco Bell consumer, and animal lover.