january, 2020

thu23jan7:00 pm9:00 pmSUDDEN IMPACT 2020 WINTERHairpin Arts Center, 2810 N Milwaukee AvenueEvent Type :Sudden Impact Series

Event Details

Together with the Hairpin Arts Center, Asian Improv aRts Midwest’s Tatsu Aoki presents the Sudden Impact 2020 Series, a musical series facilitating new catalystic events throughout the year, providing a substratum for Chicago’s experimental musical artists to collaborate and bring forth different musical happenings.

For the 2020 opener event, Asian Improv aRts Midwest presents: Dheeru Pennepalli and Coco Elysses, with Tatsu Aoki

Dheeru Pennepalli is a Chicago-based guitarist, composer, and improviser known mostly for his work with the long-running experimental ensemble a Light Sleeper. Pennepalli approaches his instrument with the aim of finding new ways to express emotion through melodic and rhythmic exploration, with an ear for unusual phrasings and non-traditional structures.

Coco Elysses is a musician, actress, voice-over artist, screenwriter, and poet from Robbins, Illinois. Elysses recently completed her MFA in creative writing from National University. Her voice-over work includes spots for BET, BlackVoices.com, McDonald’s, Nike, IN-N-OUT Burger, Saints Row videogame, and EverQuest II. Her theater work includes a Black Theatre Alliance Award–nominated performance in The Old Settler at Organic Theatreand the Black Theatre Alliance Award–winning and Jeff Award–nominated production of Shakin the Mess Outta Misery at the Chicago Theatre Company. Elysses is a member of the Association for the Advancement for Creative Musicians, the Screen Actors Guild, and the American Film Market. Her poetry is featured in 99 New Poems: A Contemporary Anthology.

Tatsu Aoki is a leading advocate for the Asian American community, as well as a prolific composer and performer of traditional and experimental music forms, a filmmaker, and an educator. Aoki is a Founder and Artistic Director of Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival, which will be celebrating its Silver twenty-fifth anniversary (2020). His sustained and intensified endeavors resulting in awards from multiple cultural and musical organizations for his cross-cultural collaborations. His accolades are many and diversified, recently, in addition to directing and composing in two film projects, Aoki has been touring as part of Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble, performing on a world tour for her “Mandorla Awakening II” project (playing acoustic bass, taiko drum, and shamisen); and was also awarded the 2019 Community Service award from the Asian American Coalition of Chicago for his continued leadership and contribution to the community.


(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Hairpin Arts Center

2810 N Milwaukee Avenue

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