• Mar 12 2016 | 8:30 pm

    Tatsu Aoki & The Miyumi Project

    Jazz Hero 2015 Award Winner Tatsu Aoki, widely recognized for his ability to adapt Japanese traditional music to the context of Chicago avant-garde jazz, brings his Miyumi Project to Elastic Arts

Experience The Miyumi Project’s musical journey – Avant-garde jazz fused with traditional taiko drumming in an energetic musical performance by Tatsu Aoki and his featured ensemble. Celebrating a long history of collaboration between African-American and Asian-American jazz artists, the Miyumi Project will showcase the multi-generational talents of some of Chicago’s leading musicians Mwata Bowden, Edward Wilkerson, Jaime Kempkers, KIOTO and Coco Elysses.

The Miyumi Project is Aoki’s laboratory of sound, where he explores the nexus of cultures: Asian and American; Japanese and African; past and present.  The compositions provide a conceptual design for each band member to interpret, and each successive grouping of Miyumi musicians over the past decade have contributed to the ongoing evolution if the work.

The Miyumi Project features Mwata Bowden, Edward Wilkerson, Jaime Kempers, Jeff Chan, KIOTO and Coco Elysses.  Based in Chicago, Aoki is one of the most recorded artists in the Asian American music scene, working in a wide range of musical genres—from jazz to traditional Japanese music.