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

Museum of Contemporary Art
Tue, Sep 19, 2017, 5:30–8 pm

Tuesdays on the Terrace: Tatsu Aoki’s The MIYUMI Project

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611

Tatsu Aoki’s Miyumi Project

Tatsu Aoki's ensemble The MIYUMI Project, is one of the longest-standing amalgams of Chicago's avant-garde jazz and Japanese traditional music. Their presentation draws upon aesthetics rooted in the Japanese tradition. Japanese classical dance and Japanese taiko drumming permeate throughout the laboratory of sound where he explores the nexus of cultures: Asian and American, Japanese and African, past and present. The improvised compositions provide a conceptual framework for each band member to interpret, which in turn coalesce and transform into a vast contemporary expanse of musical immersion for the audience. The MIYUMI Project was chosen as the official musical presenters for Yoko Ono's installation project here in Chicago and resulted in the Ono-produced album SKYLANDING in 2016. Each successive grouping of MIYUMI Project musicians over the past two decades have contributed to the unique blending of modern application with traditional sensibility. The final result is a continuous evolution of a "live and raw" musical happening. The current Miyumi Project members are: Tatsu Aoki, Mwata Bowden, Coco Elysses, Avreeayl Ra, Edward Wilkerson, Jaime Kempkers, and KIOTO.

In case of rain, the event takes place inside the MCA's Kovler Atrium.


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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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