Tatsu Aoki’s Miyumi Project – Tickets – Constellation – Chicago, IL – November 5th, 2016
Tatsu Aoki's Miyumi Project

Record Release Show for "Raw and Alive"

Tatsu Aoki's Miyumi Project

Sat, November 5, 2016

8:30 pm


Chicago, IL


Tickets at the Door

This event is 18 and over

Tatsu Aoki's Miyumi Project
Tatsu Aoki's Miyumi Project
Tatsu Aoki's experimental jazz ensemble The Miyumi Project is the culminating result of a long history of collaboration between African-American and Asian-American jazz artists. The evening will showcase the ever-evolving, multi-cultural consortium of talents springing forth from some of Chicago's leading musicians. Based in Chicago, Aoki is one of the most recorded artists in the Asian American music scene, and works in a wide range of musical genres—from jazz, contemporary to traditional Japanese music. Come celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and enter into Aoki’s laboratory of sound, where he explores the nexus of cultures: Asian and American; Japanese and Chicago Jazz; past and present. The compositions provide a conceptual design for each band member to interpret, and each successive grouping of Miyumi Project musicians over the past decade have contributed to the ongoing transformation of the music. The Miyumi Project ensemble was the official musical presenter for the unveiling of "SKYLANDING", Yoko Ono's first permanent installation in North America in Chicago's own Jackson Park; which resulted in the group recording the "SKYLANDING" album, produced by Yoko Ono. The Miyumi Project features Mwata Bowden, Edward Wilkerson, Jaime Kempkers, KIOTO, Noriko Sugiyama, Coco Elysses and Avreeayl Ra.

"I've had the pleasure and the honor of watching and listening to this diverse group of musicians evolve over the past seven years; having commissioned Tatsu Aoki's Rooted: Origins of Now in 2001 and re:Rooted in 2006 through the Jazz Institute of Chicago. His conceptual framework is about exploring the nexus of cultures; Asian and American, Chinese, Japanese and African, past and present. His compositions provide a construct of ideas for each individual musician to interpret, and each successive grouping of Miyumi musicians have contributed new understandings of the fundamental nature of the work." - Lauren Deutsch, Executive Director, Jazz Institute of Chicago (2008)

"Its rough-and-tumble sound, embracing everything from funk backbeats to blues vocals to avant-garde improv, has attracted audiences across the city and around the globe." - Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune (2008)

Venue Information:
3111 N. Western
Chicago, IL, 60618