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The Fifth Annual Chicago Taiko Legacy at the MCA

Asian Improv aRts Midwest produces the Fifth Annual Chicago Taiko Legacy at the MCA, featuring two nights of sold out performances, artist residencies and master classes. Guest artists included Chicago’s Ho Etsu Taiko, Fujima Ryu of Chicago, Chicago musician/composer Mwata Bowden, Melody Takata of San Francisco’s Gen Taiko, Bay Area performance artist Dohee Lee, New York violinist/composer Jonathan Chen, and from Tokyo, Japan, shamisen masters Chizuru KIneya and Satomayu Kineya.

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Poland Tour 2007

Poznan – Asian Improv aRts Midwest co-produces the first Asian American Jazz Festival

Asian Improv aRts Midwest co-produces the first Asian American Jazz Festival to take place outside of the US with Asian American Jazz: Poznan. Produced in collaboration with the Malta International Theatre Festival, Asian American Jazz: Poznan featuring 8 Chicago, San Francisco, and European-based Asian American artists and their collaborators.

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Tatsu Aoki’s re:Rooted Project

Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz, Asia-Chicago. Tatsu Aoki’s re:Rooted Project is the culmination of an exploration of Asian identity and cultural integration in three different communities. Marrying traditional and unconventional musical instruments and forms; the Re:Rooted Project also blends the unique perspectives of older and younger generations of musicians. The concert features pianist Jon Jang and saxophonist Francis Wong.

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AIRMW

IEL changes its name to Asian Improv aRts Midwest (AIRMW), reflecting its relationship with San Francisco’s Asian Improv aRts.

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