Tatsu Aoki is one of the most recorded, talked-about bassists on the Chicago music scene.

Museum of Contemporary Art
Tue, Aug 25, 2015, 5:30–8 pm

Tuesdays on the Terrace
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

Tatsu Aoki’s Miyumi Project
MCA web site for more info

Enjoy an evening of free music on the MCA’s Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden with our annual summer performance series highlighting artists from Chicago’s internationally renowned jazz community.

Tatsu Aoki is a prolific artist, composer, musician, and educator, as well as a consummate bassist and Shamisen Lute player. Based in Chicago, Aoki is one of the most recorded artists in the Chicago music scene, working in a wide range of musical genres—from jazz to traditional Japanese music. He has produced and appears in more than 90 recording projects and over 30 experimental films, and performs both nationally and internationally.

The Miyumi Project—now in its twentieth year—is one of the longest standing amalgams of Chicago avant-garde jazz and Japanese traditional music. A collaboration between African American and Asian American jazz artists, the project explores a nexus of past and present cultures. The Miyumi Project features Tatsu Aoiki, Mwata Bowden, Edward Wilkerson, Jaime Kempers, Kioto, and Coco Elysses.

Hosted by Al Carter-Bey, WHPK 88.5 FM, University of Chicago.

Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Saturday, September 26, 2015, 1:00-2:00pm

Smart Museum of Art - The University of Chicago
5550 South Greenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Jazz Heroes 2015 Award Winner TATSU AOKI celebrates 20 years of Asian American Jazz in Chicago at Hyde Park Jazz Festival with his MIYUMI PROJECT. Widely recognized for his ability to adapt Japanese traditional music to the context of Chicago avant-garde jazz, Tatsu has been playing jazz music in Chicago for nearly 40 years. His “East-Meets-West” styled MIYUMI Project is a collaboration between African American and Asian American jazz artists performing large-scale works of traditional and contemporary sounds and rhythms. Tatsu Aoki is the founder and Executive Director of Asian Improv aRts Midwest (AIRMW), the region's leading presenter of the Asian American cultural arts and the critically acclaimed annual Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival and the Tsukasa Taiko Legacy arts residency project. Tatsu is an award winning artist, composer, musician, educator and a consummate bassist and Shamisen Lute player. Based in Chicago, Tatsu works in a wide range of musical genres, ranging from traditional Japanese music, jazz, experimental and creative music. The performance will feature TATSU AOKI, bass; MWATA BOWDEN, woodwind; EDWARD WILKERSON, woodwind; JAIME KEMPKERS, cello; KIOTO, taiko drums; COCO ELYSSES, percussion; and AVREEAYL RA, drums.


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[CD] TOYOAKIMOTO by Tatsu Aoki

Reconstruction of Tokyo Style Geisha Music
Asian Improv Records 0083
TOYOAKIMOTO [CD] available online via the website Amazon.com now.


About Tatsu

The Miyumi Project Live In Poland

TATSU AOKI - Bassist Tatsu Aoki is a prolific and accomplished musician, composer and educator. He works in a wide array of musical styles, ranging from traditional Asian music to jazz to experimental music and is a much in-demand artist performing on both contrabass and the shamisen (Japanese 3-stringed lute). He has recorded over 100 albums featuring many of the musical legends of Chicago, including Fred Anderson, Von Freeman, Malachi Favors Maghostut, Don Moye and John Watson Sr. 2006 saw Aoki present his most ambitious work to date, "re: Rooted" a continuation of his "Rooted" composition cycle featuring the MIYUMI Project Big Band at Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion. Aoki is the founder and Artistic Director of the Annual Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival.

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