Beyond the Box: Mai Ougi

Beyond the Box: Mai Ougi

Fri, April 21, 2017

7:30 pm

Links Hall At Constellation

Chicago, IL

$10-15

Beyond the Box
Beyond the Box
Beyond the Box: A series programmed by Links Hall Curatorial Resident Rika Lin

Beyond the Box is a Spring 2017 performance series at Links Hall. Curated by Yoshinojo Fujima (Rika Lin), this series articulates her alternative interpretation of traditional Japanese classical dance works. Confounding the boundaries of social expectations and expanding beyond the limitations set by gender roles in the form, Fujima's series highlights female dance makers who are reshaping traditional roles to which female performers are restricted in Japanese classical dance. The works and artists presented in Beyond the Box, push us to address the social landscape of our time and reconsider the global positioning of women and how they are portrayed. The resulting presentations offer a restructured context for these female performers who are expanding their own portrayals in environments enhanced by experimental musicians.

Co-produced by Anna Trier and Brett Swinney.
Tatsu Aoki
Tatsu Aoki
Tatsu Aoki is a leading advocate for the Asian American community, as well as a prolific composer and performer of traditional and experimental music forms, a filmmaker, and an educator. Born in Tokyo, 1957 into the Toyoakimoto artisan family, a traditional house for training and booking agents for geisha. Aoki was part of his family's performance crew from the age of four. In the late 1960s, he shifted his energies from the traditional to American pop and experimental music. By the early 1970s, Aoki was active in Tokyo’s underground arts movement as a member of Gintenkai, an experimental ensemble that combined traditional music and new Western forms.

In 1977, Aoki left Tokyo and is now one of the most in-demand performers of bass, shamisen, and taiko, contributing more than ninety recording projects and touring internationally during the last twenty-five years. Aoki is Founder and Artistic Director of Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival, which observed its twentieth year in 2015. Named President of San Francisco–based Asian Improv Records (AIR) in 1999, he has managed or produced more than forty AIR albums, notably the Max Roach and Jon Jang collaboration The Beijing Trio, and several projects in the hip-hop and Asian Pacific American arts arenas, from film screenings to concert series.

Aoki was named one of 2001’s "Chicagoans of the year" by Chicago Tribune for his music for his cross cultural music and has performed with masters such as Roscoe Mitchell, Don Moye, pipa virtuoso Wu Man, and the late Chicago legend Fred Anderson. Aoki's suite ROOTED: Origins of Now, a four-movement suite for big band, premiered in 2001 at Ping Tom Memorial Park, and was performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival and at MCA Stage as part of Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival. Additional notable releases include Basser Live (1999) and Basser Live II (2005), recorded live at MCA Stage; The MIYUMI Project (2000), Symphony of Two Cities (2002), and Posture of Reality with Wu Man (2003). The Asian American Institute awarded Aoki the Milestone Award in 2007 for his contribution to Chicago-area arts. In 2010, he received the Japan America Society of Chicago’s Cultural Achievement Award as well as a 3Arts Artist Award. He received the “Living in our Culture” award by the Japanese American Service Committee in 2014 and Jazz Heros’ Award by National Jazz Journalist Association in 2015. His latest project features his Miyumi Project ensemble that has been chosen as the official musical presenters for Yoko Ono's "SKYLANDING" installation in Chicago's Jackson Park.
Venue Information:
Links Hall At Constellation
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/