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Michael Zerang was born in Chicago, Illinois, and is a first-generation American of Assyrian descent. He has been a professional musician, composer, and producer since 1976, focusing extensively on improvised music, free jazz, contemporary composition, puppet theater, experimental theater, and international musical forms. As a percussionist, composer and collaborator, Zerang has over one hundred titles in his discography and has toured nationally and internationally to 35 countries since 1981, and worked with an ever-widening pool of collaborators, primarily in The United States, Western and Eastern Europe.
Beginning in 2004, Zerang began to work with musicians and artists living in the Middle East. He traveled to perform, hold workshops, and study, to Yemen, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Morocco.
Michael has taught as a guest artist at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in performance technique, sound design, and sound/music as it relates to puppetry; rhythmic analysis for dancers at The Dance Center of Columbia College, Northwestern University, and MoMing Dance and Arts Center; courses in Composer/Choreographer Collaborations at Northwestern University; music to children at The Jane Adams Hull House.
Michael currently tours and holds workshops in improvisational music and percussion technique, and teaches private lessons in rhythmic analysis, music composition, and percussion technique.
AIRMW presents the Sudden Impact Series
Tatsu Aoki brings together a new series to facilitate catalyst events, providing a substratum for Chicago’s musical artists to explore and musically experiment.
(Thursday) 7:00 pm
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
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
AIRMW’s Shubukai and the Japanese Arts Foundation present : Revitalizing Tradition XIV: Livestream STREAM.AIRMW.ORG “Revitalizing Tradition” Series is an annual lecture-performance series created by Shubukai Grandmaster Yoshinojo Fujima to introduce Japanese Classical
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.
performed by Grandmaster Yoshinojo Fujima
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
思考回路 • Shikoukairo III April 16 - May 31, 2021 Zhou B Art Center
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
AIRMW presents the Sudden Impact Series Thursday, April 22, 2021 | 7:00 PM STREAM.AIRMW.ORG Live from Hairpin Arts Center Tatsu Aoki brings together a new series to facilitate catalyst events, providing a substratum
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.
(Thursday) 7:00 pm CDT
The Jazz Institute of Chicago and Fulton Street Collective Present: Chicago's Wide World of Jazz Virtual Program In Celebration of
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!
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.
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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