Beyond the Box: Mai Ougi

Beyond the Box: Mai Ougi

Fri, April 21, 2017

7:30 pm

Links Hall

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, Brett Swinney, and Brian Lee.
Tatsu Aoki
Tatsu Aoki
Tatsu Aoki is a leading advocate for the Asian American community, a prolific composer and performer of traditional and experimental music forms, a filmmaker, and an educator. Aoki was born into the Toyoakimoto artisan family in Tokyo, a traditional house for training and booking geisha, and began performing from the age of four. Aoki 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 thirty-five years. Aoki is the Founder and Artistic Director of Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival, which observed its twentieth year in 2015.
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 the Jazz Heroes’ Award by the National Jazz Journalist Association in 2015.
In 2016, his Miyumi Project ensemble was the official musical presenter for the unveiling of Yoko Ono's "SKYLANDING" installation in Chicago's own Jackson Park; which also resulted in the group recording the "SKYLANDING" album produced by Yoko Ono. In 2017 this year, the group contributed their unique vibe to the soundtrack of the film documentary addressing the Japanese American Incarceration, "And Then They Came for Us". Additional accolades include Aoki's own film "LIGHT", which he directed, awarded the Best Experimental Film in the 2017 Canada International Film Festival. And most recently, he was selected by the Asian American Advisory Council of Illinois and received the Community Service Award from the Illinois Secretary of State; and he also received the prestigious Commendation for the Promotion of Japanese Culture from the Foreign Ministry in Japan, which is given to individuals with outstanding achievements in international fields, and acknowledges the recipients’ contributions to the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries.
Jamie Kempkers
Jamie Kempkers
Jamie Kempkers studied cello with Dr. Robert Ritsema and recording with John Erskine at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. He has been living in Chicago, playing improvised and/or experimental music since 2001. Past and current collaborators include Tatsu Aoki, Jonathan Chen, Grandmaster Rika Lin, and Dawei Wang.
Lori Ashikawa
Lori Ashikawa is a violinist with the Joffrey Ballet orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic, and Chicago Opera Theater and has performed with Music of the Baroque, Chicago Symphony, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, and Goodman and Steppenwolf Theaters. Lori specializes in early music performance on the baroque violin, and was a member of the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra and the Chicago period ensemble Baroque Band for 9 years. She currently plays baroque violin with the Haymarket Opera Company. Lori is a shamisen student of Tatsu Aoki and lives in Chicago with a husband, two cats, and a garden full of scorpion peppers.
KIOTO
KIOTO
Kioto Aoki is a taiko artist and core member of Tsukasa Taiko, a program of Asian Improv aRts Midwest. She has been playing taiko since the age of 7 and often shares the stage with AACM members Avreeayl Ra, Mwata Bowden and Ed Wilkerson Jr. At professional venues in Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Harris Theater, and the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, as well as Elastic Arts and Constellation. Kioto is a recipient of the Ethnic and Folk Arts Master Apprentice Program from the Illinois Arts Council and recent projects include Yoko Ono’s Skylanding Project in Jackson Park.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/