The IASAS is honored to support music and dance performances at our 2017 Los Angeles California events, which celebrate the creative vision of exceptional synesthete artists.

October 21st, 2017 5PM to7PM: Kaitlyn Hova in Concert

Building Bridges Art Exchange  FREE EVENT

Kaitlyn Hova is a professional violinist, composer, full stack web developer, designer, neuroscientist, and core team member of Women Who Code. She is also a synesthete. Together with her husband, Matt Hova, Kaitlyn co-founded the Synesthesia Network, a resource dedicated to helping people with synesthesia share their experiences and connect with researchers. Professionally, Kaitlyn has played violin for performances with Michael Bublé, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller, Mary J. Blige, Josh Groban, Rod Stewart and more. “The Hovas” are also the creators of the Hovalin, an open source, 3D printable acoustic violin that helps STEM programs print their school’s music program.

Please join IASAS on October 21st at 5:00PM for this complementary show at Building Bridges Art Exchange. Reception to follow.


Postponed to 2018: Derek Amato in Concert 

New dates TBA!

After suffering a head trauma from a diving accident in 2006, Derek was diagnosed with both acquired musical savant syndrome and synaesthesia. He is a pianist and composer, whose remarkable skill and artistry demonstrate synaesthetic perception.

Derek currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He is the father of three children, an avid fly fisherman, and advocates for several charitable organizations throughout the country. Derek has recently finished his tenure as executive board member with the Invisible Disabilities Association, and currently acts as the executive director of development, with the International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists, and Scientists.

Derek is currently undergoing studies at the University Of Miami in the laboratory of synaesthesia researcher and neuroscientist Dr. Berit Brogaard.