november, 2020

sat07nov7:00 pm9:00 pm25th Anniversary of Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival (Copy)Streaming Live

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25th Anniversary of Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival (CAAJF)

November 6-7, 2020 | 7:00 PM | 

Come and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival featuring the finest in contemporary Asian American music. Curated by Asian Improv aRts Midwest, national and internationally acclaimed Asian American artists and their collaborators weave together their collective flair to produce an improvisational experience unlike any other.

This critically acclaimed annual event is an essential cornerstone for highlighting and documenting the significant role that Asian Americans and their collaborators have in contributing to the city’s historic and vibrant musical landscape.

Saturday, November 7, 2020 Artist Line-up


Traversing the Perimeter consists of improvisations for musicians, video, and computer, exploring aesthetic impressions of altering and traversing perimeters. While not overtly political, the work seeks to treat a perimeter as both a boundary to and a facilitator of different kinds of agency. The video content is based on the idea of ‘perimeter’ not as a conceptual focal point, but rather as the basis for gestures of improvisation and development. ‘Traversing’ these notions of perimeter is the task of the musicians as they variously alter the continuum of the video performance through an interactive Max/MSP/Jitter patch.

The work is performed tonight by Tatsu Aoki, bass; Jamie Kempkers, cello; Julia Miller, electric guitar; Jonathan Chen, violin.

Support for this project was provided by a PSC-CUNY Award, jointly funded by The Professional Staff Congress and The City University of New York.

SET 2: KUROKAMI E{m}urge featuring Yoshinojo Fujima, Hekiun Oda, Tatsu Aoki, and Dawei Wang

High Concept Labs Fellow Yoshinojo Fujima ( aka Rika Lin) presents Kurokami E{m}urge, an original dance/calligraphy/music collaboration presenting a study of traditional Japanese performance.

Dancemaker Yoshinojo joins with Chicago’s premier Japanese Calligrapher, Grandmaster Hekiun Oda, along with the creative music entwinings of Ozashiki shamisen player Toyoaki Sanjuro (aka Tatsu Aoki), and the soundscapes of texture guitarist Dawei Wang, to encapsulate the evocation of longing thoughts and fleeting, gritty whim for an alternative take on the Nagauta piece “Kurokami” (Black Hair).

Visit for more information about CAAJF.


(Saturday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST

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