COPRESENTED WITH ASIAN IMPROV ARTS MIDWEST
Expressive taiko drums bind two contrasting programs directed by Tatsu Aoki, multi-instrumentalist and media artist.
“Taiko Legacy” is a perennial celebration of heritage forms as experienced by leading contemporary performers. Its geological scale is anchored by the multigenerational ensemble Tsukasa Taiko. Legacy forefronts the traditional musical relationship between the shamisen and taiko. Aoki explores the musical depths of taiko ensemble performance with “shamisen” (string) and “shinobue” (flute) through original compositions and arrangements of a broad range of musical styles, including “ozashiki” (geisha chamber music), “minyo” (folk music), and “ohayashi” (classical/folk/theater music).
Featured guests include Melody Takata and Gen Ensemble of San Francisco, multi-instrumentalist and media artist Douglas R Ewart, electronics composer Jonathan Chen, classical music masters Chizuru Kineya and Hyakkyo Fukuhara from Tokyo, and grand master Shunojo Fujima and his company Fujima Ryu of Chicago performing nihonbuyo (Kimono dance).
Running time: 120 minutes, with one intermission