The final Bandcamp Friday of the year arrives December 2. I’ve made a habit of rounding up music recommendations from recent Reader stories for each Bandcamp Friday, and since this is the 26th one, I hope it’s redundant to explain that for a 24-hour period, Bandcamp passes along its usual share of sales revenue to […]
Tag: Tatsu Aoki
Tatsu Aoki and Da Wei Wang team up for a double album of ecstatic ambience
For a couple months now, Gossip Wolf has been revisiting Yes Strings Attached, the new duo album from bassist and shamisen player Tatsu Aoki and guitarist Da Wei Wang. Aoki is also a filmmaker, composer, and founder of the Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival; Wang makes experimental solo music and adds his beguiling stylings to […]
Rika Lin’s ‘ingenuity of necessity’ bridges centuries of tradition
Influences from kabuki and karate inform choreographer Rika Lin’s boundary-crossing body of dance work.
The Best of the Miyumi Project celebrates 20 years of Tatsu Aoki’s culture-combining ensemble
Tatsu Aoki left his native Tokyo in 1977 to study experimental film and settled in Chicago two years later. In addition to making films, he improvises, composes, and conducts music, playing bass, shamisen, and taiko drums, and by the early 1990s he’d connected with the local jazz scene, developing a particular affinity with past and […]
Japanese trumpeter Toshinori Kondo pays a visit to honor late saxophonist Fred Anderson
Twenty-five years ago, Fred Anderson and Toshinori Kondo recorded a live quartet record with drummer Hamid Drake and bassist Tatsu Aoki that’s only now seeing release.
Polymath Tatsu Aoki celebrates his kanreki with a night of bass and drums
No matter where you’re from, turning 60 feels significant, but in Japan they have a name for it. Kanreki signifies the start of a new cycle of life with your troubles and responsibilities forgotten. Celebrants often wear red—a color associated with youth—and traditionally they retire from adult household responsibility. Tatsu Aoki, who was born in […]
Flutist Nicole Mitchell uses music to map a possible paradise
Flutist Nicole Mitchell brings her Afrofuturist epic Mandorla Awakening back to Chicago for the Jazz Festival.
God, Godzilla, and the rest of this week’s screenings
New reviews and notable screenings in this week’s issue
Ten years of taiko at the MCA
In an MCA doubleheader, Tsukasa Taiko marries classical and contemporary forms—from Japan and Chicago both.
Aftershows: 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival
2013 Chicago Jazz Festival aftershows: Kidd Jordan, the Rempis Percussion Quartet, and other late-night diversions
Thursday and Friday: 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival according to Reader writers
Jack DeJohnette and Wadada Leo Smith are just two of the highlights of the first two days of the 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival.
Our coverage of the Asian American Showcase
Asian American Showcase continues at Gene Siskel Film Center
Reader’s Agenda Tue 4/23: Cadaver, Brotherhood of Fred, and Jim Wallis
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Tuesday, April 23.
Experimental animation at Black Cinema House on Sunday
Previewing a shorts program at the south-side film hub
Best shows to see: Helado Negro, Samothrace, Sewingneedle
Over the next few days your live-music options include Samothrace, Helado Negro, Aesop Rock, Bobby Conn, and a top-shelf tribute to Fred Anderson.