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Contact Us

If you would like to find out more about AIRMW, share an idea or make a donation, here is how to contact us:

Asian Improv aRts Midwest
c/o JASC
4427 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640

Telephone: (708) 386 9349
FAX: (773) 681 7176


Tatsu Aoki
Executive Director

Born in Japan into an artisan family, Tatsu Aoki began studies in the traditional Japanese performing arts at age 3. Upon arriving in the US in 1977, Aoki has become a leading advocate for Chicago's Asian American community and one of Chicago's most in-demand musicians on both contrabass, taiko (Japanese drums) and shamisen (Japanese lute). As founder and Executive Director of AIRMW, Aoki has initiated and managed several programs to advance the understanding of Asian American culture and community through the arts, including the Annual Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival and the JASC Tsukasa Taiko Legacy arts residency project. His work as an artist and educator in the cultural arts and as a leader in the Asian American community address as well as define the issues facing the community, including the need for quality artistic programs that reflect the Asian American experience.

Aoki is an acknowledged authority in a wide range of fields, lecturing on the role of the arts in building community, working with the State of Illinois as an authority on issues of cultural competency, and performing traditional Asian music, jazz and new/experimental music. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with BA and MFA degrees, he is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Art Institute and has taught courses in Asian American Arts Practices at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.

Jeff Chan
Director of Development

Before arriving in Chicago and joining AIRMW in 2002, Jeff Chan worked with several San Francisco Bay Area-based organizations that employ the arts as a means to building stronger communities. He has worked with Asian Improv Records, Urban Arts, and the Oakland Asian Cultural Center and has been responsible for duties including marketing and sales, music instruction and arts administration. As both a community organizer and critically acclaimed musician/composer, Chan is dedicated to representing the Asian American experience by producing artistic work and events of the highest artistic caliber that are conscious of the Asian American cultural perspective. Chan holds a BS degree from the University of California at Berkeley and an MS degree from Stanford University.

Kazu Yamamoto
Director of Information Technology and Marketing