The Miyumi Project composed and conducted by Tatsu Aoki

Tatsu Aoki's Miyumi Project
Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month With Special Guest Tsukasa Taiko
SAT, MAY 28, 2016 8:30 PM
3111 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

Tatsu Aoki's Miyumi Project
SAT, MARCH 12, 2016 8:30 PM
Elastic Arts
3429 W Diversey Ave #208
Chicago, IL 60647

The Project

Tatsu Aoki Unit 2013

I've had the pleasure and the honor of watching and listening to this diverse group of musicians evolve over the past seven years; having commissioned Tatsu Aoki's Rooted: Origins of Now in 2001 and re:Rooted in 2006 through the Jazz Institute of Chicago. His conceptual framework is about exploring the nexus of cultures; Asian and American, Chinese, Japanese and African, past and present. His compositions provide a construct of ideas for each individual musician to interpret, and each successive grouping of Miyumi musicians have contributed new understandings of the fundamental nature of the work.

Lauren Deutsch, 2008
Executive Director, Jazz Institute of Chicago

More than 30 years ago, bassist-bandleader Tatsu Aoki took an artistic gamble: He began combining facets of ancient Japanese music with freewheeling jazz improvisation.

Though rudimentary, those first cross-genre efforts of his, in his native Japan, eventually blossomed into the Miyumi Project, now widely recognized as a groundbreaking merger of music from East and West.

Because Aoki moved to Chicago in the late 1970s and quickly set about developing his Asian-American experiment, the Miyumi Project has become a symbol of Chicago-style jazz innovation. Its rough-and-tumble sound, embracing everything from funk backbeats to blues vocals to avant-garde improv, has attracted audiences across the city and around the globe.

Howard Reich, 2008
Chicago Tribune

The Miyumi Project Live In Poland