Taiko Legacy 13 and Reduction 4
Tsukasa Taiko 20th year Anniversary

Tsukasa Taiko 20th year Anniversary
The unmistakable sound of Taiko, once heard only at seasonal festivals and temples in Japan, reaches a new level at MCA Stage this year. Tatsu Aoki directs Tsukasa Taiko and special guests in two distinct programs.

Taiko Legacy 13

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Saturday, December 17, 2016, 3:00PM, More Information / Purchase Ticket
Sunday, December 18 2016, 3:00PM, More Information / Purchase Ticket

Taiko Legacy 13
Sat & Sun, Dec 17 & 18, 3pm
The visually striking and multigenerational ensemble Tsukasa Taiko celebrates twenty years of musical exploration between shamisen, dance, and taiko. They invite leading traditional and contemporary solo artists from Japan, San Francisco and Chicago in a concert that travels the full spectrum of music styles: ozashiki (geisha chamber music), minyo (folk music), ohayashi (classical/folk/theater music), and matsuri taiko (festival taiko music). Tatsu Aoki provides original compositions and arrangements. Guests include Melody Takata and Gen Ensemble; classical music masters Chizuru Kineya and Hyakkyo Fukuhara; Grandmaster Yoshinojo Fujima and Tachibana Shijuro performing nihon buyo (Japanese classical dance).

Tatsu Aoki: Reduction 4

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Friday, December 16, 2016, 7:30PM, More Information / Purchase Ticket
Saturday, December 17, 2016, 7:30PM, More Information / Purchase Ticket
Reduction 4
Fri & Sat, Dec 16 & 17, 7:30pm
Tatsu Aoki’s creative response to the popular taiko drumming strips performance to the essentials. Sennosuke Wakatsuki, a sensational young Kabuki artist from Tokyo who is revolutionizing the form, makes his awaited North American debut. Additional standout artists, grand master Shunojo Fujima in nihonbuyo (Kimono dance) and Ayako Kato (contemporary dance), perform inventive combinations accompanied by jazz greats Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang, Nicole Mitchell, Coco Elysses, electronics composer Jonathan Chen, classical music masters Chizuru Kineya and Hyakkyo Fukuhara, and many others.

Kabuki workshop—limited space, register soon!

Mon, Dec 19, 6-8p, Registration $25,
or just $10 with ticket purchase to Reduction

Kabuki extraordinaire Sennosuke Wakatsuki, from Tokyo, is modernizing the form and leads a workshop at MCA. Immediately preceding the workshop, participants are invited to observe a brief Master Apprentice presentation: dance apprentice Rika Lin performing work by Grandmaster Yoshinjo Fujima; shamisen apprentice performing work by Grandmaster Chizuru Kineya.

Films—free, includes late MCA gallery hours

Tue, Dec 13, 6-7:30p

Tatsu Aoki introduces selections from his massive film work, accompanied by Jonathan Chen, on electronics, and Jamie Kempkers, on cello. Titles include “Dream Works” 16mm (1981), “Decades Passed: Re-Edit” 16mm (2003), and “Ah So Desuka: Is That So” digital (2012).


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

The MCA Stage presented the country's first Taiko Legacy with Tatsu Aoki in 1998, for his solo bass project Basser Live featuring visual artist Amy Lee Segami's slideshow of Suminagashi, John Sagami performing Taiko (Japanese drum) and Paul Kim performing Buk (Korean drum). Advancing Taiko Legacy's development was MCA Stage's 2001 presentation with the JASC of Tatsu Aoki's inaugural MIYUMI project Big Band: Origins of Now. MCA Stage's presentation in 2003 of US-JAPAN 150, which commemorated the centennial of US-Japanese relations, featured for the first time in the country master shinobue artists from Tokyo performing with Taiko masters from San Francisco and Chicago, and completed by leading jazz improvisers including Jonathan Chen, Mwata Bowden, and Tatsu Aoki

Museum of Contemporary Art

Tsukasa Taiko and the Annual Chicago Taiko Legacy are programs of Asian Improv aRts Midwest and the 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, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and The Joyce Foundation.

Tsukasa Taiko, acknowledgments