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fri12mar(mar 12)10:00 amsun13jun(jun 13)4:30 pmKioto Aoki at IMSSBreathe, Fibres of Papers Past

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

March 12 – June 13, 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.


March 12 (Friday) 10:00 am - June 13 (Sunday) 4:30 pm CST


International Museum of Surgical Science

1524 N Lake Shore Dr., Chicago IL 60610

sat10apr7:00 pmRevitalizing Tradition XIVLivestream by Shunojo + Yoshinojo Fujima

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AIRMW’s Shubukai and the Japanese Arts Foundation present :

Revitalizing Tradition XIV: Livestream


“Revitalizing Tradition” Series is an annual lecture-performance series created by Shubukai Grandmaster Yoshinojo Fujima to introduce Japanese Classical Dance concepts and themes such as gender presentation and Kabuki character types to a broader audience. 2021’s seminar will dive into the following pieces followed by a live Q&A session with viewers.

Yamatogaku piece:
“Ayame” (Iris)「あやめ」

performed by Grandmaster Yoshinojo Fujima

Nagauta piece:
“Suisen Tanzen”(Narcissus)「水仙丹前」
performed by Grandmaster Shunojo Fujima

Join us for this rare opportunity to speak directly with classical dancer masters who specialize in the Fujima-ryu art with a combined 70 years of experience.


(Saturday) 7:00 pm CDT

fri16apr(apr 16)12:00 ammon31may(may 31)11:59 pm思考回路 • SHIKOUKAIRO IIIPatterns of Thought

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思考回路 • Shikoukairo III
April 16 – May 31, 2021
Zhou B Art Center
1029 W 35th St, Chicago IL  / 2nd floor

Asian Improv aRts Midwest (AIRMW) presents 思考回路 • Shikoukairo III: Patterns of Thought as a continuation of AIRMW’s efforts to reframe the conversation around Asian & Asian-American cultural diegesis in the arts. A third iteration of the 思考回路 Shikoukairo exhibition, the show features artists who are intuitively influenced by their Asian diasporic background and experiences, yet whose practices diverge from didactic and diegetic inquiries of cultural identity. This year the project has expanded to feature an international roster of Chicago-connected artists, whose work emphasizes process and material-based methodologies and explorations. 思考回路 • Shikoukairo III considers notions of legibility and visibility through the photographic, cinematic, abstracted, textural, refracted, reflective, tactile and sonic image.


Zhuoyun (Yun) Chen (Los Angeles)
Hua Xi Zi (Shanghai)
Jennifer Chen-su Huang (Chicago)
Liwei Hu (Shanghai)
Naoki Nakatani (Tokyo)
Shinnosuke Miyake (Tokyo)
Taro Takizawa (Syracuse)
Rebecca Tsai (Taipei)
Yao-Yi Wang (Taipei)
Kiyomi Negi (Chicago)
Kioto Aoki (Chicago)

Head to Shikoukairo.org for artists bios and additional information.

Shikoukairo is an annual exhibition part of AIRMW AA Arts Initiatives:


April 16 (Friday) 12:00 am - May 31 (Monday) 11:59 pm CDT


Zhou B Art Center

1029 W. 35th Street

thu22apr7:00 pmSudden Impact Series: Kiku Hibino

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AIRMW presents the Sudden Impact Series

Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 7:00 PM


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. April 2021 guest artist will feature KIKÙ HIBINO.

Japanese-born, Chicago-based sound artist KIKÙ HIBINO produces cross-genre electronic music. From chamber music for media productions to non-liner analog noise for art installations, he has collaborated internationally with a wide variety of artists and scholars, including Kawaguchi Takao (Dumb Type), Curtis Roads, Norma Field, Theaster Gates , Mike Weis (Zelienople), Mitsu Salmon, and Yuge Zhou. The publication The Wire once described his music as “trying to cram in as many memories as possible before it all disappears” and that the music “concerns itself with themes of capturing and preserving fleeting moments” (2007, issue 279).
His recent work attempts to deconstruct Chicago House Music through the noise music production approach. The project was funded by DCASE and presented at various locations in Chicago.
He studied electronic music composition at Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus with Toru Iwatake, Atau Tanaka, and Christopher Penrose, and at University of California at Santa Barbara with Curtis Roads and Karen Tanaka, and holds M.A. in media art and technology.



(Thursday) 7:00 pm CDT

fri30apr6:00 pm7:30 pmChicago's Wide World of JazzPresented by: Jazz Institute of Chicago + Fulton Street Collective

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The Jazz Institute of Chicago and Fulton Street Collective Present: 
Chicago’s Wide World of Jazz 
Virtual Program In Celebration of International Jazz Day 

Friday, April 30, 2021 | 6:00 – 7:30 PM CT | Streaming on JIC website, Facebook page or Fulton Street Collective’s Youtube channel.

The Jazz Institute of Chicago is happy to partner with Fulton Street Collective to celebrate International Jazz Day, with musical artists who’ve come to enrich Chicago’s mix from afar.

As a culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month, we proudly present the multi-cultural diversity of local jazz expression, as some of our favorite players touch on their ties to their native lands while making music of the here and now. Join us on a 90-minute virtual guided tour in which echoes of Chile, Japan, Italy, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Venezuela are stirred into the sounds of our city -all without leaving the comforts of home!

Tatsu Aoki + Kioto Aoki (Chicago/ Japan)

Chicago’s award-winning artist Tatsu Aoki presents a journey of Asian American cultural diaspora and music legacy with “THE AOKIs.” The duet work embodies the true cultural and familial lineage and represents multi-generational musical tradition of Japanese American creative music.

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Tatsu Aoki – bass | Kioto Aoki – taiko drums 

For more information and full roster of featured artists, visit JIC website: https://www.jazzinchicago.org/events-1/chicagos-wide-world-of-jazz


(Friday) 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CDT


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