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fri12mar(mar 12)10:00 amsun11jul(jul 11)5:00 pmKioto Aoki at IMSSBreathe, Fibres of Papers Past

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Artist-in-Residence Capstone Exhibition at the International Museum of Surgical Science

*Extended Show: March 12 – July 11, 2021

Breathe, Fibres of Papers Past is a solo exhibition by Fall 2020 Artist-in-Residence Kioto Aoki constructed in conversation with the collections of the International Museum of Surgical Science. The exhibition intertwines the histories of medical imaging, anatomy, physiology, the Museum’s origin and physical architecture through the technological studies and processes of analogue photography. Adjacent explorations of the physicality of the body and the photographic image proposes Aoki’s work as a sinew that negotiates the poetic ambiguities of embodied time – whilst considering the notion of fibre in biological, material, conceptual and historical contexts.

This IMSS program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

More information at IMSS website.

Time

March 12 (Friday) 10:00 am - July 11 (Sunday) 5:00 pm CST

Location

International Museum of Surgical Science

1524 N Lake Shore Dr., Chicago IL 60610

tue06jul7:00 pm8:00 pmBon Odori Dance Class: Part 1With Shubukai for BON Fest Chicago

Event Details

Learn the Bon Odori dances from Japan you need to join BON Fest Chicago from home. Class one: Shizuoka Meguri and Tankobushi!

Join Free Virtual Bon Odori Dance Classes with Yoshinojo + Ikunojo Fujima of Shubukai

July 6th, 13th, and 27th at 7PM

Register here

Shubukai is honored to collaborate with Kimiei Fujima Sensei from Shizuoka, Japan and Ageha Bijou Sensei from the Nihon Bon Odori Association to learn four bon odori:

Shizuoka Meguri, Shizuoka Ondo, Tanko Bushi, and Tokyo Ondo.

Kimiei Fujima Sensei began learning classical Japanese Dance from age three, and has attained her stage name and grandmaster license in the Fujima Style. Her teacher, Shu-ei Fujima, taught the bon odori for the Shizuoka Obon Festival and after her passing, Kimiei Sensei has carried on the teaching for the Bon odori Festival, the Shizuoka Festival, and the Fujieda Festival.

Ageha Bijo Sensei is the main ambassador for the Nihon Bon-odori Association, whose mission is to try and popularize the Bon-odori Dances which exist throughout Japan; not limited to where each dance originated, but nationally as well as throughout the world to promote community activation and strengthening intergenerational harmony. They also collaborate and perform with the Nihon Minyo (folksong) Society, local tourist organizations, cultural preservation groups, and with various businesses and organizations (e.g. Cool Japan, NHK) to promote Bon-odori culture. (check out their FB page @BonOdoriJapan)

Bon Odori is made for people to come together and express their joy, respect, and feeling of community; to feel a connection with their ancestors and with everyone. One does not have to be a professional dancer, the dances are simple and fun.

Join the virtual class and learn with Yoshinojo Fujima and Ikunojo Fujima of Shubukai!

Each virtual lesson you will learn two dances. Make sure to wear comfortable clothing.

We recommend you make space so you can dance moving in a circle (you can dance around a chair or even your dinner table).

Pdf illustrations for each dance will be available for you to use and review. Please register to ensure you get additional information after the class!

Live on the Japanese Arts Foundation Twitch: www.twitch.tv/japaneseartsfoundation

Time

(Tuesday) 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

sat10jul7:00 pmReduction QuartetLive at Elastic Arts

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The Reduction Quartet Live at Elastic Arts

Tickets available: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-reduction-quartet-tickets-161551156859

Tatsu Aoki originally conceived Reduction as a creative response to the popular taiko drumming stripped of its musical elements. Reduction argues for upholding the beauty in taiko performance and for its connectivity to aesthetics and musicality. The Reduction Ensemble is the musical extension of this philosophy, featuring members from the current Miyumi Project: Tatsu Aoki (Bass), Edward Wilkerson Jr. (Winds), Jamie Kempkers (Cello), and Kioto Aoki (Taiko, Percussion). The quartet will synthesize and weave new melodies in their first live performance of the year. Grab your tickets through the eventbrite link, or walk-ins also welcome at Elastic Arts. This concert will also be available for streaming from: twitch.tv/elasticartschicago

 

Time

(Saturday) 7:00 pm CDT

Location

Elastic Arts

3429 W Diversey Ave #208, Chicago, IL 60647, USA

tue13jul7:00 pm8:00 pmBon Odori Dance Class: Part 2With Shubukai for BON Fest Chicago

Event Details

Learn the Bon Odori dances from Japan you need to join BON Fest Chicago from home. Class two: Tokyo Ondo and Shizuoka Meguri

Join Free Virtual Bon Odori Dance Classes with Yoshinojo + Ikunojo Fujima of Shubukai

July 13th, and 27th at 7PM

Register here

Shubukai is honored to collaborate with Kimiei Fujima Sensei from Shizuoka, Japan and Ageha Bijou Sensei from the Nihon Bon Odori Association to learn four bon odori:

Shizuoka Meguri, Shizuoka Ondo, Tanko Bushi, and Tokyo Ondo.

Kimiei Fujima Sensei began learning classical Japanese Dance from age three, and has attained her stage name and grandmaster license in the Fujima Style. Her teacher, Shu-ei Fujima, taught the bon odori for the Shizuoka Obon Festival and after her passing, Kimiei Sensei has carried on the teaching for the Bon odori Festival, the Shizuoka Festival, and the Fujieda Festival.

Ageha Bijo Sensei is the main ambassador for the Nihon Bon-odori Association, whose mission is to try and popularize the Bon-odori Dances which exist throughout Japan; not limited to where each dance originated, but nationally as well as throughout the world to promote community activation and strengthening intergenerational harmony. They also collaborate and perform with the Nihon Minyo (folksong) Society, local tourist organizations, cultural preservation groups, and with various businesses and organizations (e.g. Cool Japan, NHK) to promote Bon-odori culture. (check out their FB page @BonOdoriJapan)

Bon Odori is made for people to come together and express their joy, respect, and feeling of community; to feel a connection with their ancestors and with everyone. One does not have to be a professional dancer, the dances are simple and fun.

Join the virtual class and learn with Yoshinojo Fujima and Ikunojo Fujima of Shubukai!

Each virtual lesson you will learn two dances. Make sure to wear comfortable clothing.

We recommend you make space so you can dance moving in a circle (you can dance around a chair or even your dinner table).

Pdf illustrations for each dance will be available for you to use and review. Please register to ensure you get additional information after the class!

Live on the Japanese Arts Foundation Twitch: www.twitch.tv/japaneseartsfoundation

Time

(Tuesday) 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

tue20jul5:30 pm8:00 pmTuesdays on the Terrace at MCAThe Fred Anderson Legacy Band featuring Tatsu Aoki

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Tuesdays on the Terrace: The Fred Anderson Legacy Band featuring Tatsu Aoki

*Advance tickets for Tuesdays on the Terrace have been claimed. Walk-up tickets are available at the back gate one hour before the program on a first-come, first-served basis. See the MCA’s waiting list policy for more details.

Summer Tuesdays come alive on the MCA’s Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden with free music highlighting artists from Chicago’s internationally renowned jazz community. This week celebrates the iconic saxophonist Fred Anderson with a tribute by the artists who helped create his legacy of sound at the original Velvet Lounge: Tatsu Aoki, Mwata Bowden, Edward Wilkerson Jr, Ari Brown, and Dushun Mosley.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Fred Anderson was a tenor saxophonist based in Chicago whose playing was rooted in swing and bop idioms and incorporated innovations from free jazz. He was noted for having mentored numerous young musicians, and was called “a father figure of experimental jazz in Chicago” and “a scene caretaker, underground booster, indefatigable cultural worker, and a quiet force for good.” Born in Louisiana, he moved to Evanston at the age of ten where he was introduced to the music of Charlie Parker as a teenager. Anderson studied at the Roy Knapp Conservatory in Chicago and developed a personal sound combining the “big sound” of Gene Ammons and the speed of Charlie Parker. From his daily practice routine, Anderson published a book, Exercises for the Creative Musician. He was one of the founding members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians in 1963 and in 1982 took ownership of Chicago’s Velvet Lounge, transforming it into a center for the city’s jazz and experimental music scenes, hosting Sunday jam sessions and numerous concerts. The venue became a spiritual home to many musicians and was described as a place that encouraged performance methodologies that were “contributive, not competitive.” Anderson died in 2010 at the age of 81 with performances scheduled until the day he died.

Tatsu Aoki is a leading advocate for the Asian American community, as well as a prolific composer, a performer of traditional and experimental music forms, a filmmaker, and an educator. He was born in 1958 into the Toyoakimoto artisan family and was performing by the age of four. In the early 1970s, Aoki was active in Tokyo’s underground arts movement with experimental arts and music. In 1977, Aoki left Tokyo and is now one of the most in-demand performers of bass, shamisen, and taiko, contributing to more than ninety recording projects and touring internationally over 35 years. He is noted for being the longest associated bassist for the late Chicago legend Fred Anderson. Aoki is a founder and artistic director of Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival, which celebrated its silver anniversary in 2020. His sustained and intensified endeavors resulted in many awards from multiple cultural and musical organizations for his cross-cultural collaborations. Of note, he received the Milestone Award from the Asian American Institute in 2007. In 2010, he received the Chicago Cultural Achievement Award from the Japan America Society. And in 2014 he received the Living in our Culture Award from the Japanese American Service Committee. In addition to receiving the Illinois Arts Council Ethnic and Folk Arts Master Apprentice Grant, he has received the Illinois Secretary of State Community Service Award by Asian American Advisory Council and also a Commendation for Promotion of Japanese Culture by the Foreign Ministry of Japan in 2017. He continues to be based in Chicago, working internationally in a wide range of musical genres including Japanese traditional music, experimental, and creative jazz, his collaborative projects ranging from puppetry, neoclassical Japanese dance, and experimental dance films.

Time

(Tuesday) 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm CST

thu22jul6:00 pm7:00 pmFred Anderson Legacy Concert feat.The MIYUMI Projectat Fred Anderson Park: July 2021

Event Details

The Birdhouse presents a Fred Anderson Legacy concert with The Miyumi Project featuring Coco Elysses (percussion), Rami Atassi (guitar), and Kioto Aoki (percussion).

The MIYUMI Project is one of the longest-standing amalgams drawing from the aesthetics of Japanese traditional music and Chicago’s avant-garde jazz and experimental music. The presentations are improvised compositions that stem from a conceptual framework for each band member to interpret, which is then transformed into a contemporary musical immersion for the audience. Each successive grouping of MIYUMI Project musicians over the past two decades has contributed to the unique blending of modern application with a traditional sensibility. The final result is a continuous evolution of a “live and raw” musical happening.

This special 2021 summer performance of Tatsu Aoki’s MIYUMI Project will include Tsukasa Taiko National Gintenkai Unit members Kiyomi Negi and Kembre Daniel.

Time

(Thursday) 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CDT

Location

Fred Anderson Park

1611 S. Wabash Ave. Chicago, IL 60616

tue27jul7:00 pm8:00 pmBon Odori Dance Class: Part 3With Shubukai for BON Fest Chicago

Event Details

Learn the Bon Odori dances from Japan you need to join BON Fest Chicago from home. Class three: Class Three: Review of all four dances

Join Free Virtual Bon Odori Dance Classes with Yoshinojo + Ikunojo Fujima of Shubukai

July 27th at 7PM

Register here

Shubukai is honored to collaborate with Kimiei Fujima Sensei from Shizuoka, Japan and Ageha Bijou Sensei from the Nihon Bon Odori Association to learn four bon odori:

Shizuoka Meguri, Shizuoka Ondo, Tanko Bushi, and Tokyo Ondo.

Kimiei Fujima Sensei began learning classical Japanese Dance from age three, and has attained her stage name and grandmaster license in the Fujima Style. Her teacher, Shu-ei Fujima, taught the bon odori for the Shizuoka Obon Festival and after her passing, Kimiei Sensei has carried on the teaching for the Bon odori Festival, the Shizuoka Festival, and the Fujieda Festival.

Ageha Bijo Sensei is the main ambassador for the Nihon Bon-odori Association, whose mission is to try and popularize the Bon-odori Dances which exist throughout Japan; not limited to where each dance originated, but nationally as well as throughout the world to promote community activation and strengthening intergenerational harmony. They also collaborate and perform with the Nihon Minyo (folksong) Society, local tourist organizations, cultural preservation groups, and with various businesses and organizations (e.g. Cool Japan, NHK) to promote Bon-odori culture. (check out their FB page @BonOdoriJapan)

Bon Odori is made for people to come together and express their joy, respect, and feeling of community; to feel a connection with their ancestors and with everyone. One does not have to be a professional dancer, the dances are simple and fun.

Join the virtual class and learn with Yoshinojo Fujima and Ikunojo Fujima of Shubukai!

Each virtual lesson you will learn two dances. Make sure to wear comfortable clothing.

We recommend you make space so you can dance moving in a circle (you can dance around a chair or even your dinner table).

Pdf illustrations for each dance will be available for you to use and review. Please register to ensure you get additional information after the class!

Live on the Japanese Arts Foundation Twitch: www.twitch.tv/japaneseartsfoundation

Time

(Tuesday) 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CDT

thu29jul7:00 pmSudden Impact SeriesGleaming Shard

Event Details

AIRMW presents the Sudden Impact Series

Thursday, July 29, 2021 | 7:00 PM

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Live from Hairpin Arts Center

Tatsu Aoki brings together a new series to facilitate catalyst events, providing a substratum for Chicago’s musical artists to explore and musically experiment. July 2021 guest artist will feature Gleaming Shard.

Gleaming Shard is inspired by the harmonies of Earth’s timeless processes. The planet’s magnetosphere hums with no end, no beginning. Countless solar particles travel epic distances to collide with this magnetic atmosphere. The ionizing photons sound like waves of shattered glass falling into a vast ocean.
The duo was formed during the madness of pandemic isolation. While Covid-19 ravaged the terrestrial realm, the band members dreamed of the wonders of unfathomable space. Sudden Impact will be their first performance on the planet Earth.
Da Wei Wang is a guitar hawk of the Chicago avant-rock scene. He plays in the legendary gospel-punk band, Ono. He applies extended techniques and tools on his guitar to conjure dense soundscapes. His solo album, Liquid Metal Core, was released by AIRMW in 2021.
Jerome Bryerton has been playing the drum set since 1988. Since 1996, he has primarily played experimental music. He chooses an aural landscape which includes bowed cymbals and drum set prepared with cymbals, gongs, shakers and wood blocks. He’s performed with many notable free improvisers such as Wolfgang Fuchs, Frank Gratkowski, Damon Smith, Cecil Taylor, Colin Stetson, Jeb Bishop, Jack Wright, Dominic Duvall and Joe McPhee.

Graphic Design: Al Brandtner, Brandtner Design
Da Wei Wang Photo: Ian Lambach
Jerome Bryerton Photo: Melissa Venator

 

Time

(Thursday) 7:00 pm CDT

Location

Hairpin Arts Center

2810 N Milwaukee Avenue

fri30jul7:00 pmYuko Fujiyama & Reggie Nicholson + Tatsu Aoki & Edward Wilkerson Jr.Live from Elastic Arts

Event Details

Yuko Fujiyama & Reggie Nicholson + Tatsu Aoki & Edward Wilkerson Jr.

Live from Elastic Arts | Friday, July 30, 2021 | 7:00 PM

$15 Admission | Tickets on sale

Big Apple visits 2nd City – Join us for an evening with pianist Yuko Fujiyama and drummer/percussionist Reggie Nicholson paired with bassist Tatsu Aoki and the woodwind sounds from Edward Wilkerson Jr.

Touched by the music of Cecil Taylor, Yuko came to the US in 1987. In 1993 she started performing her original improisational music in concerts, clubs, and festivals in and around New York City and overseas. She has been performing as a leader with musicians such as Fred Hopkins, Wilbur Morris, William Parker, Mark Dresser(bass), Dennis Charles, and Ikue Mori, Reggie Nicholson, Susie Ibarra, Gerry Hemingway, Lou Grassi, Rashid Bakr, Kevin Norton, Satoshi Taekishi, Newman Baker(drums), Tomas Ulrich(cello), Billy Bang, Mark Feldman, Jennifer Choi(violin), Roy Campbell, Graham Haynes(trumpet/cornet), Tomas Chapin, Sabir Mateen(sax), and Steve Swell(trombone) to name a few.

The instantly recognizable style and sound of Reggie Nicholson has elevated him to one of the most distinctive, inventive and inspirational drummer/percussionist of his generation; a formidable technician, but one who uses his considerable skills constructively and with infinite taste.

Edward Wilkerson Jr. is an internationally recognized jazz musician, composer, arranger, and educator based in Chicago. As founder and director of the octet 8 Bold Souls and the twenty-five-member ensemble Shadow Vignettes, Wilkerson has toured festivals and concert halls throughout the US, Europe, Japan, and the Middle East.

Tatsu Aoki was named one of 2001’s “Chicagoans of the year” by Chicago Tribune for his music for his cross cultural music and has performed with masters such as Roscoe Mitchell, Don Moye, pipa virtuoso Wu Man, and was the primary bassist for the late Chicago legend Fred Anderson. His MIYUMI Project ensemble was chosen as the official musical presenters for the unveiling of Yoko Ono’s installation, “SKYLANDING” in Chicago’s own Jackson Park; which also resulted in the group recording the album “SKYLANDING”, produced by Yoko Ono.

 

 

Time

(Friday) 7:00 pm CDT

Location

Elastic Arts, 3429 W Diversey Ave #208, Chicago, IL 60647, USA

Elastic Arts, 3429 W Diversey Ave #208, Chicago, IL 60647, USA

sat31jul8:00 pmBON Fest Chicagoシカゴ盆踊りフェスティバル

Event Details

BON Fest Chicago – VIRTUAL EDITION Join the inaugural BON Fest live from the Garden of the Phoenix in Jackson Park with music and dancing!

BON Fest Chicago | 盆フェスト・シカゴ 

Saturday, July 31st – 8PM | www.twitch.tv/japaneseartsfoundation

The Japanese Art Foundation and Culture Center in partnership with the Chicago Parks DistrictTsukasa Taiko and Shubukai invite you to the inaugural BON Fest Chicago. Join us virtually Saturday, July 31st at 8:00pm for taiko drumming, bon odori dancing, and festivities in Chicago’s historical Garden of the Phoenix in Jackson Park. The BON Fest Chicago is entirely virtual this year, but will expand to welcome everyone in the years to come!

An Obon Matsuri / Bon Festival is traditionally held in the peak heat of summer when space between the natural and the supernatural world is thinnest. This is a time when individuals come together to remember ancestors and those lost as a community. As we continue to process the tremendous loss from the COVID-19 pandemic, we welcome our community to come together through the arts. Traditionally, Bon Odori dancing is performed by those in attendance to welcome spirits, though each community and region has their own style of dance and music.

With the support of the Bon Odori Association of Japan, Asian Improv aRts Midwest and Shubukai’s Fujima Yoshinojo, we will host virtual Bon Odori dance lessons on 3 Tuesdays in July leading up to the fest so you can join in from home!

Register for one or all three classes HERE!

The night begins with global guests sharing their local Obon Festival traditions, memories, and community. Guests include Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago Kenichi Okada, Fujima Kimiei of Shizuoka, Japan, Atsushi Koike of Mitsuwa, Arlington Heights, Melody Takata of GenRyu Arts San Francisco, and more!

We then stream from the Garden of the Phoenix in Jackson Park at dusk with Tsukasa Taiko performances, and Bon Odori dancing by Shubukai that you can join remotely from home! This FREE event will stream to the Japanese Arts Foundation Twitch channel where we will be live chatting with everyone!

Time

(Saturday) 8:00 pm CDT


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