The Aeolian Trio will perform their unique fusion of Asian music at the AAS conference in Boston in 2020 to showcase the role of music in cross-disciplinary classrooms in university settings. Professor Mark McWilliams, Saint Lawrence University, will act as MC and docent. “In Boston we hope to share the live performances and direct contact with the Asian instruments and trained musicians that made the classrooms come alive in New York”. The Aeolian trio has committed decades to mastering traditional music, from Japan, India, Spain and America. Bruce Huebner’s shakuhachi, Koufuu Suwa’s Spanish guitar and Todd Isler’s South Indian percussion meet in the unique fusion music of the Aeolian Trio. Traditional Japanese shakuhachi is rooted in Zen Buddhism, the guitar is a Spanish folk instrument that springs from flamenco and Renaissance traditions, and has antecedents in the Middle Eastern Oud. South Indian and Middle Eastern drumming is at the root of a myriad of world grooves. These seemingly disparate traditions spring from the same cradle of civilization and were carried across Asia and back on the fabled Silk Road. Now, centuries later, the Aeolian Trio reunites traditions and brings them into the twenty-first century. In their concert we hear how the melisma and phrygian “Spanish” mode is answered by the nuances of the Japanese miyako mode; how the rich rhythmic traditions of South and Central Asia underpin the fusion. The Aeolian Trio members share decades of in-depth study of Asian traditional music alongside careers as working musicians in Tokyo and New York.