Friday, April 24, 2015 7:00-8:00pm
Hilton Orrington Hotel
2nd floor Heritage Ballroom
1710 Orrington Ave.
Evanston, IL 602012
TATSU AOKI'S MIYUMI PROJECT: CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF THE ASIAN AMERICAN JAZZ EXPERIENCE IN CHICAGO
Join us for this FREE concert, in conjunction with the Association for Asian American Studies conference, to celebrate one of Chicago's premier musicians and the 20th year of Chicago's Asian American Jazz Festival.
Tatsu Aoki's ensemble The Miyumi Project is one of the longest standing amalgams of Chicago's avant-garde jazz and the Japanese traditional music. The Miyumi Project is a collaboration between African-American and Asian American jazz artists, which explores a nexus of past and present cultures. The Miyumi Project features Tatsu Aoki, Mwata Bowden, Edward Wilkerson, Jaime Kempers, KIOTO, Coco Elysses and special guests.
About Tatsu Aoki: 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. Aoki is an award winning artist, composer, musician, educator and a consummate bassist and Shamisen Lute player. Based in Chicago, Aoki works in a wide range of musical genres, ranging from traditional Japanese music, jazz, experimental and creative music.
Sponsored by Asian American Studies Program, Northwestern University
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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.
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.
Tatsu Aoki: CHICAGOANS OF THE YEAR 2001