Check out the Tukasa Taiko / TaikoLegacy Gallery . Photo courtesy of Ken Carl 773 294 6025 Ken Carl Photography, LLC.

TSUKASA TAIKO & TAIKO LEGACY - a leading community program for Japanese drumming and performing arts

Our Collaborators: TSUKASA TAIKO

Our Collaborators
and Friends

Tsukasa Taiko is proud of our collaborative efforts with various aspects of the arts.

History and Achievements of Tsukasa Taiko

History & Achievements
of Tsukasa Taiko

The birth of Tsukasa Taiko broke new ground in the Chicago taiko community.


Toyoaki Shamisen

the Japanese traditional lute, SHAMISEN !


Summer Workshop
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Experience the art of Japanese drumming!!

Tsukasa Taiko is a program of Asian Improv aRts Midwest and a resident at Japanese American Service Committee of Chicago 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., JCCC Foundation, CityArts by City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Cultural Grants Program and The Joyce Foundation.

Tsukasa Taiko, acknowledgments

Join the Celebration!
JJA's Chicago Jazz Hero 2015-Tatsu Aoki

Sunday, April 19, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)
FREE / General Admission - Register here

Elastic Arts
3429 W Diversey Ave, #208
Chicago, IL 60647

Join us as we hold another ceremony awarding the Jazz Journalists Association's Chicago Jazz Hero!

This years Chicago Hero is Tatsu Aoki!

Tatsu Aoki is the founder and Executive Director of Asian Improv aRts Midwest (AIRMW), the region's leading presenter of the Asian American cultural arts and the critically acclaimed annual Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival and the Tsukasa Taiko Legacy arts residency project. Aoki is an award winning artist, composer, musician, educator and a consummate bassist and Shamisen Lute player. Based in Chicago, Aoki works in a wide range of musical genres, ranging from traditional Japanese music, jazz, experimental and creative music.

North Coast Brewing is a Sponsor of the JJA Awards. They will offer their award winning Brother Thelonious Ale for this FREE event, so be sure to come out and help us celebrate greatness in Chicago Jazz!

2015 Upcoming Performances

Saturday, April 11 @7pm
Loyola University BUNKA-SAI
1001 W. Loyola Ave. Northeast corner of the Lake Shore Campus,
Chicago, IL 60626

Sunday, April 19 @6pm
National Jazz Journalist Association award ceremony
Erastic Arts
3429 W Diversey Ave. #208 Chicago, IL 60647
FREE / General Admission - Register here

Wednesday, April 22
Montessori Language Academy 60130
Educational Program

Thursday, April 23 @7:30pm
Metropolis Performing Arts Center
111 W. Campbell St. Arlington Heights, IL 60005
*Ticket now on sale :

Friday, April 24 @6:30pm
Tatsu Aoki's Miyumi Project
Celebrating 20 years of the Asian American Jazz Experience in Chicago
Hilton Orrington Hotel : 2nd floor Heritage Ballroom
1710 Orrington Ave. Evanston, IL 602012

*Join us for this FREE concert, in conjunction with the Association for Asian American Studies conference, to celebrate one of Chicago's premier musicians and 20th year of Chicago's Asian American Jazz Festival.

Saturday, April 25 @10:30am
HAIKU Festival
Harold Washington Library
400 South State Street Chicago, IL 60605

Wednesday, April 29 @4:30pm
Purdue University
610 Purdue Mall West Lafayette, IL 47407

Wednesday, May 7 @5:10pm
National Association of Asian American Professionals 60606
Private event

Saturday, May 9
University of Chicago : Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
915 E 60th St. Chicago, IL 60637

Sunday, May 10 @5pm
Northwestern University BUNKA-SAI
Parkes Hall, 1870 Sheridan Rd., Evenston, IL 60208

Wednesday, May 20 @4pm
BMO Harris Bank 60603
Private event

Saturday, May 23 @9:30pm
Miyumi Project
Constellation Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave. Chicago, IL 60618

Wednesday, May 27 @12:15pm
Harold Washington Library Center
400 S. State St. Chicago, IL 60605

Friday, May 29 @5:30pm
The University of Chicago
International House
1414 E. 59th St. Chicago, IL 60637

Saturday, May 30 @1:30pm
Pivot Arts Festival
Loyola University St. Ignatius Plaza
1050 W. Sheridan Rd. Chicago, IL 60660

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AIRMW: Asian Improv aRts Midwest

AIR midwest

Asian Improv aRts Midwest's mission is to build a vital, self-empowered Asian American community in the Chicago area by advancing the understanding and profile of Asian and Asian American cultures through the traditional and contemporary cultural arts. AIRMW is dedicated to creating productive relationships with artists, community and institutions in order to produce high quality arts programs that accurately reflect the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic reality of Chicago and the nation. Visit for more information.

JASC: Japanese American Service Committee of Chicago

AIR midwest

Founded in 1946, the mission of the Japanese American Service Committee of Chicago is to preserve and raise awareness of Japanese American culture and heritage, and promote the physical and spiritual well-being of Japanese Americans and the greater multicultural community in the Midwest. Visit for more information.

Our annual Taiko Legacy show is hosted by the Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Special thanks to our Media providers:
Ken Carl Photography, LLC. (, Mayumi Lake (, Kazu Yamamoto, Larry Philipee, Adebukola Bodunrin and friends of Tsukasa Taiko.