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thu25feb7:00 pmSudden Impact Series: Michael Zerang

tue07sep11:00 am1:00 pmSonic Pavilion Festivalby Experimental Sound Studio

Event Details

Sonic Pavilion Festival

Various Dates + Times, August-September 2021
Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion
201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602

Sonic Pavilion Festival is a series of 30-channel sound installations commissioned by Experimental Sound Studio for the spatialized overhead trellis loudspeaker array at Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion. The result is an immersive canopy of sound—a fluid sonic architecture that bridges the focus of a live performance and the majesty of the surrounding cityscape.

Featured Artists (In Order Of Play):
Whitney Johnson (Matchess)
Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda & Bill Parod
Stephan Moore
Kitundu
Kioto Aoki
Natalie Chami (TALsounds)

Listen Live At Millennium Park On The Following Dates:
Thursday, August 5, 3-5pm
Monday, August 9, 10am-12pm
Sunday, August 22, 11am-1pm
Tuesday, August 31, 11am-1pm
Tuesday, September 7, 11am-1pm
Tuesday, September 14, 2-4pm
Thursday, September 23, 5-7pm
Thursday, September 30, 11am-1pm

Commissioned works are 20 minutes each. All artists are presented daily.

Kioto Aoki, Sonorous Admittings 

About the work:
Sonorous Admittings
 is a sonic landscape that accentuates the taiko drum’s most fundamental and captivating element: acoustic resonance. The simple phrasing played by the artist on the odaiko (larger taiko) and smaller shime taiko enunciate the textural and tonal shifts of assonant sound between silence, and recreates what it feels like to play the odaiko and be completely surrounded by thunderous reverberations.
About the artist:
Kioto Aoki is a visual artist and musician descending from the Toyoakimoto performing arts family in Tokyo with roots dating back to the Edo period. Studying under her Tokyo-born father, Aoki is carrying on the family lineage in Chicago as a taiko artist while also playing shamisen and tsuzumi. She plays in both traditional and contemporary musical contexts and is active within the experimental and creative music communities in Chicago and the Bay Area.

Sonic Pavilion Festival is developed by Experimental Sound Studio and is presented by Millennium Park and the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

 

 

 

Find more information about Sonic Pavilion Festival on ESS website.

Time

(Tuesday) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT

Future Event Times in this Repeating Event Series

september 14, 2021 2:00 pmseptember 23, 2021 5:00 pmseptember 30, 2021 11:00 am

tue14sep2:00 pm4:00 pmSonic Pavilion Festivalby Experimental Sound Studio

Event Details

Sonic Pavilion Festival

Various Dates + Times, August-September 2021
Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion
201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602

Sonic Pavilion Festival is a series of 30-channel sound installations commissioned by Experimental Sound Studio for the spatialized overhead trellis loudspeaker array at Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion. The result is an immersive canopy of sound—a fluid sonic architecture that bridges the focus of a live performance and the majesty of the surrounding cityscape.

Featured Artists (In Order Of Play):
Whitney Johnson (Matchess)
Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda & Bill Parod
Stephan Moore
Kitundu
Kioto Aoki
Natalie Chami (TALsounds)

Listen Live At Millennium Park On The Following Dates:
Thursday, August 5, 3-5pm
Monday, August 9, 10am-12pm
Sunday, August 22, 11am-1pm
Tuesday, August 31, 11am-1pm
Tuesday, September 7, 11am-1pm
Tuesday, September 14, 2-4pm
Thursday, September 23, 5-7pm
Thursday, September 30, 11am-1pm

Commissioned works are 20 minutes each. All artists are presented daily.

Kioto Aoki, Sonorous Admittings 

About the work:
Sonorous Admittings
 is a sonic landscape that accentuates the taiko drum’s most fundamental and captivating element: acoustic resonance. The simple phrasing played by the artist on the odaiko (larger taiko) and smaller shime taiko enunciate the textural and tonal shifts of assonant sound between silence, and recreates what it feels like to play the odaiko and be completely surrounded by thunderous reverberations.
About the artist:
Kioto Aoki is a visual artist and musician descending from the Toyoakimoto performing arts family in Tokyo with roots dating back to the Edo period. Studying under her Tokyo-born father, Aoki is carrying on the family lineage in Chicago as a taiko artist while also playing shamisen and tsuzumi. She plays in both traditional and contemporary musical contexts and is active within the experimental and creative music communities in Chicago and the Bay Area.

Sonic Pavilion Festival is developed by Experimental Sound Studio and is presented by Millennium Park and the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

 

 

 

Find more information about Sonic Pavilion Festival on ESS website.

Time

(Tuesday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT

Future Event Times in this Repeating Event Series

september 23, 2021 5:00 pmseptember 30, 2021 11:00 am

thu16sep7:00 pmToyoaki Shamisen: Japanese Music Lecture and Demonstration with Ozashiki dance and Ohayashi Anderson Japanese Gardens Monthly Lecture Series

Event Details

Anderson Japanese Gardens Monthly Lecture Series

Toyoaki Shamisen: Japanese Music Lecture and Demonstration with Ozashiki dance and Ohayashi

No Cost to Attend | Pre-Registration Required

In this lecture, you will learn about the unique tradition of Tokyo geisha music.  Toyoaki Shamisen, led by award-winning Toyoaki Sanjuro (aka Tatsu Aoki), is one of the three core groups that comprise the traditional performing arts at Asian Improv aRts Midwest. Our outreach presentations provide lectures with performance of traditional ozashiki geisha house(chamber) and Ohayashi music with ozashiki dance. While popular geisha shamisen music like Hauta and Kouta focus mostly on singing, Ozashiki shamisen is largely instrumental and used mostly as interlude music before the featured geisha ladies appear, or to fill time in large parties and gatherings.

Register now to reserve your seat.

 

Time

(Thursday) 7:00 pm CDT

Location

Anderson Japanese Gardens

318 Spring Creek Rd

sat18sep7:00 pmTsukimi Moon Viewing at Jackson ParkGarden of the Phoenix

Event Details

The inaugural Tsukimi: Moon Viewing evening in the historical Garden of the Phoenix in Chicago’s Jackson Park!

The Japanese Arts Foundation and Culture Center welcome you to the inaugural Tsukimi: Moon Viewing evening in the historical Garden of the Phoenix in Chicago’s Jackson Park. This event is made possible in part by the support of the Japan Foundation, New York / Center for Global Partnership.

A Tsukimi (tsoo-kee-mee), or moon viewing celebration, honors the autumn or harvest moon. Here in Chicago, we will be celebrating with taiko drum performances by Tsukasa Taiko, a traditional tea ceremony led by Omar Francis-sensei of the Urasenke tradition of tea, and shamisen / Japanese lute performances by Toyoaki Shamisen. Tea will be provided to all guests courtesy of ITOEN. Suntory Toki Highballs will also be provided by the House of Suntory, making this event exclusive to guests 21 and older.

Our night also includes a discussion by all participating artists and Saira Chambers, director of the Japanese Culture Center and Arts Foundation, about expansive monosyllabic concepts embraced in the arts we will experience together; Ma, Mu, and Wa respectively. This all occurs outdoors within the beautiful Garden of the Phoenix.

Tickets are free and restricted to those over 21 years of age. ID’s will be checked at entrance. Seating is VERY limited and we strongly suggest early registration, however this event will be filmed and streamed nationally on the evening of Friday, October 1st for those who cannot attend in person.

Photography waivers will be distributed upon entry. The Japanese Arts Foundation, Japanese Culture Center, & Chicago Park District will not be held responsible for how/where/when this content is used.

Register on Eventbrite to reserve your seat.

Time

(Saturday) 7:00 pm CDT

Location

Garden of the Phoenix at Jackson Park

6300 S Cornell Ave

thu23sep5:00 pm7:00 pmSonic Pavilion Festivalby Experimental Sound Studio

Event Details

Sonic Pavilion Festival

Various Dates + Times, August-September 2021
Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion
201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602

Sonic Pavilion Festival is a series of 30-channel sound installations commissioned by Experimental Sound Studio for the spatialized overhead trellis loudspeaker array at Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion. The result is an immersive canopy of sound—a fluid sonic architecture that bridges the focus of a live performance and the majesty of the surrounding cityscape.

Featured Artists (In Order Of Play):
Whitney Johnson (Matchess)
Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda & Bill Parod
Stephan Moore
Kitundu
Kioto Aoki
Natalie Chami (TALsounds)

Listen Live At Millennium Park On The Following Dates:
Thursday, August 5, 3-5pm
Monday, August 9, 10am-12pm
Sunday, August 22, 11am-1pm
Tuesday, August 31, 11am-1pm
Tuesday, September 7, 11am-1pm
Tuesday, September 14, 2-4pm
Thursday, September 23, 5-7pm
Thursday, September 30, 11am-1pm

Commissioned works are 20 minutes each. All artists are presented daily.

Kioto Aoki, Sonorous Admittings 

About the work:
Sonorous Admittings
 is a sonic landscape that accentuates the taiko drum’s most fundamental and captivating element: acoustic resonance. The simple phrasing played by the artist on the odaiko (larger taiko) and smaller shime taiko enunciate the textural and tonal shifts of assonant sound between silence, and recreates what it feels like to play the odaiko and be completely surrounded by thunderous reverberations.
About the artist:
Kioto Aoki is a visual artist and musician descending from the Toyoakimoto performing arts family in Tokyo with roots dating back to the Edo period. Studying under her Tokyo-born father, Aoki is carrying on the family lineage in Chicago as a taiko artist while also playing shamisen and tsuzumi. She plays in both traditional and contemporary musical contexts and is active within the experimental and creative music communities in Chicago and the Bay Area.

Sonic Pavilion Festival is developed by Experimental Sound Studio and is presented by Millennium Park and the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

 

 

 

Find more information about Sonic Pavilion Festival on ESS website.

Time

(Thursday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm CDT

Future Event Times in this Repeating Event Series

september 30, 2021 11:00 am

sat25sep10:30 am1:30 pmDestination Asia Festival 2021at Morton Arboretum

Event Details

Join Asian Improv aRts Midwest at the annual Destination Asia Festival taking place at Morton Arboretum. Three of AIRMW’s traditional arts programs will take the Tram Road stage:

10:30 – 11:30 AM: Tsukasa Taiko Japanese drumming

11:30 – 12:30 PM: Shubukai Japanese classical dance

Explore the diverse cultures of Asia through music, dance, food, and more. Join us for a fun-filled weekend that will transport you across the globe. On Saturday, September 25th, enjoy diverse cultural performances and demonstrations, various shopping and art vendors and local food trucks.

Event is free with arboretum admission. Visit Morton Arboretum website for more information.

Time

(Saturday) 10:30 am - 1:30 pm CDT

Location

Morton Arboretum

4100 Illinois Route 53

sat25sep2:30 pm3:15 pmMai Sugimoto Trio feat. Tatsu AokiHyde Park Jazz Festival

Event Details

Hyde Park Jazz Festival

MAI SUGIMOTO TRIO

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25. | TIME: 2:30 – 3:15 PM

VENUE: AUGUSTANA CHURCH. 5500 S. WOODLAWN AVE.

MAI SUGIMOTO

Mai Sugimoto is a saxophonist, composer, and active member of Chicago’s jazz and improvisational music scene. “A compelling performer” with “dry-champagne tone and lyrical lines” (Chicago Tribune), Sugimoto draws inspiration from her upbringing in Japan and her roots in jazz to compose and perform from her unique multicultural experience. “Born/Raised,” her 2018 debut album, explores this cultural and musical binary – juxtaposing, among other things, a jazz rendition of a Japanese children’s song with compositions inspired by the American jazz idiom.

Sugimoto is also a core member of the quartet Hanami, whose two albums similarly mix Japanese culture into creative music. She has performed three times at the Chicago Jazz Festival: in 2015 with Hanami, in 2019 as a leader, and in 2018 with renowned bassist Tatsu Aoki, with whom she frequently plays, including appearances in his Fred Anderson Legacy Band. Her first solo album, “monologue” (Asian Improv Records) was released in March of 2021.

The musicians: 

Mai Sugimoto – Saxophone

Tatsu Aoki – Bass

Isaiah Spencer – Drums

Time

(Saturday) 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm CDT

Location

Augustana Church

5500 S. Woodlawn Avenue

sat25sep4:45 pm5:30 pmTrio WAZHyde Park Jazz Festival

Event Details

Hyde Park Jazz Festival

TRIO WAZ

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25. | TIME: 4:45 – 5:30 PM

VENUE: DUSABLE ROUNDHOUSE MUSEUM PLAZA. 740 E. 56TH PL.

TRIO WAZ

Trio WAZ has performed together for more than twenty years, making it one of the longest-standing experimental music trios in Chicago. Edward Wilkerson, Jr. is one of the great saxophone and clarinet players on the Chicago scene. Tatsu Aoki is a prolific artist, composer, musician, and educator, and a consummate bassist and Shamisen lute player. Michael Zerang is a percussionist who focuses extensively on improvised music, free jazz, contemporary composition, puppet theater, experimental theater, and international musical forms. Each brings their own distinctive disposition to the trio, where their unique skills braid and interplay, forming an incomparable synthesis of musical actuality.

 

The musicians: 

Edward Wilkerson, Jr. – Saxophone

Tatsu Aoki – Bass

Michael Zerang – Drums, percussion

Time

(Saturday) 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm CDT

Location

Dusable Roundhouse Museum Plaza

740 E. 56TH PL

thu30sep11:00 am1:00 pmSonic Pavilion Festivalby Experimental Sound Studio

Event Details

Sonic Pavilion Festival

Various Dates + Times, August-September 2021
Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion
201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60602

Sonic Pavilion Festival is a series of 30-channel sound installations commissioned by Experimental Sound Studio for the spatialized overhead trellis loudspeaker array at Millennium Park’s Pritzker Pavilion. The result is an immersive canopy of sound—a fluid sonic architecture that bridges the focus of a live performance and the majesty of the surrounding cityscape.

Featured Artists (In Order Of Play):
Whitney Johnson (Matchess)
Gusti Ngurah Kertayuda & Bill Parod
Stephan Moore
Kitundu
Kioto Aoki
Natalie Chami (TALsounds)

Listen Live At Millennium Park On The Following Dates:
Thursday, August 5, 3-5pm
Monday, August 9, 10am-12pm
Sunday, August 22, 11am-1pm
Tuesday, August 31, 11am-1pm
Tuesday, September 7, 11am-1pm
Tuesday, September 14, 2-4pm
Thursday, September 23, 5-7pm
Thursday, September 30, 11am-1pm

Commissioned works are 20 minutes each. All artists are presented daily.

Kioto Aoki, Sonorous Admittings 

About the work:
Sonorous Admittings
 is a sonic landscape that accentuates the taiko drum’s most fundamental and captivating element: acoustic resonance. The simple phrasing played by the artist on the odaiko (larger taiko) and smaller shime taiko enunciate the textural and tonal shifts of assonant sound between silence, and recreates what it feels like to play the odaiko and be completely surrounded by thunderous reverberations.
About the artist:
Kioto Aoki is a visual artist and musician descending from the Toyoakimoto performing arts family in Tokyo with roots dating back to the Edo period. Studying under her Tokyo-born father, Aoki is carrying on the family lineage in Chicago as a taiko artist while also playing shamisen and tsuzumi. She plays in both traditional and contemporary musical contexts and is active within the experimental and creative music communities in Chicago and the Bay Area.

Sonic Pavilion Festival is developed by Experimental Sound Studio and is presented by Millennium Park and the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

 

 

 

Find more information about Sonic Pavilion Festival on ESS website.

Time

(Thursday) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT

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