Tatsu Aoki's New Japan Ensemble: Night One

@ Elastic Arts

Friday, July 19 ~~ 8PM

Tatsu Aoki presents his New Japan Ensemble, a compositional project exploring the experimental sonic milieu of contemporary Tokyo and Chicago. Over two evenings, select members from The Miyumi Project, electronic sound artists, and creative Japanese musicians from Chicago will play together with a sound artist from Tokyo. Predicated in the personal histories of each artist and sonic landscape of each metropolis, the collaboration will coalesce as a textural and affective experimentation of a cross-cultural, multigenerational, musical expression.

$10 Admission

The New Japan Ensemble project is part of the Chicago Obihiro Exchange Exhibition presented by AIRMW at the Hairpin Arts Center.
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Full Schedule of Events:
Gallery Hours: WED-SUN: 1:00-8:00 PM, additional hours by appointment.
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Asian Improv aRts Midwest (AIRMW) presents a Chicago/Obihiro Exchange Project special event - “思考回路 / Shikou Kairo: Patterns of Thought,” a three-week exhibition featuring artists from Japan and Chicago to facilitate dialogue about the artistic and intellectual approach of post-war, new immigrant generations of Japanese within the context of contemporary art.

Presented in collaboration with the Tokachi International Cultural Exchange Center in Obihiro, Japan; and Hairpin Arts Center.

“思考回路 / Shikou Kairo: Patterns of Thought” will open with a one week solo presentation of Chicago-based calligrapher Oda Hekiun, followed by a two-person presentation of Obihiro artists Daisaku Ueno and Masanori Umeda. Sound artist Hiroshi Mehata also joins the roster to record an album incorporating the local soundscape of the Tokachi area. AIRMW artists Kioto Aoki and Kiyomi Negi-Tran will be exhibiting works created during their June 2019 residency in Obihiro/Tokachi region of Hokkaido, Japan.

Throughout the three weeks, AIRMW will also present a variety of public presentations: artists talks, calligraphy and tea ceremony workshops, performances by Tsukasa Taiko, Shubukai, and Toyoaki Shamisen; and local performance artists and musicians of the Japanese diaspora.

7/9 Creative Community: Artist Talk & Workshop by Oda Hekiun
7/12 Collaborative Performance by: Oda Hekiun & Fujima Yoshinojo
7/13 Origami Workshop
7/16 Creative Community: Ueno Daisaku, Umeda Masanori, & Mehata Hiroshi
7/18 In Conversation with “The Tokyo Show: Black and Brown Are Beautiful”
7/19 Tsukasa Taiko + Opening Celebration
7/19 Tatsu Aoki’s New Japan Ensemble at Elastic Arts
7/20 Japanese Tea Ceremony Presentation
7/20 Koto Presentation
7/20 Tatsu Aoki’s New Japan Ensemble at Elastic Arts
7/22 Jazz & Electronics: Mai Sugimoto & Kiku Hibino
7/24 In Conversation with Obihiro at Hyde Park Art Center
7/25 Handmade Soba Demonstration at JASC
7/26 Fourth Friday at Hairpin Arts: Naoki Nakatani, Mitsu Salmon, Hiroshi Mehata
7/27 Closing Reception & Final Remarks: Kioto Aoki & Kiyomi Negi
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Chicago Obihiro Exchange is a program of AIRMW and is supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council, the MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Alphawood Foundation, CDH. P.C, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the Joyce Foundation.