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The MIYUMI Project for Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2024
The MIYUMI Project for Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2024

Sun, Sep 29


West Stage Midway Plaisance, S Ellis Ave

The MIYUMI Project for Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2024

Tatsu Aoki's The MIYUMI Project plays for 2024 Hyde Park Jazz Festival on Sunday, September 29th. FREE EVENT

Time & Location

Sep 29, 2024, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

West Stage Midway Plaisance, S Ellis Ave, 1130 Midway Plaisance, Chicago, IL 60637, USA

About this event

From the organizers: 

Tatsu Aoki’s The MIYUMI Project is a cross-cultural music journey and one of the first Asian-American/African-American collaborative music projects to come out of the Midwest in the late 90s. This project illuminates the drum traditions of Japanese taiko and jazz in a musical approach that incorporates the drummer languages of each genre. Infusing Japanese-influenced aesthetics of accompaniment within the rhythm section, the group carries this concept of time into, through, and underneath the music as an essential and natural thread.

Since the band’s formation and first release two decades ago, Aoki has forged an exceptional and inimitable Afro-Asian musical hybrid. Simply put, MIYUMI fuses the Japanese taiko drumming and performing arts tradition with the talents of first-class improvisers and experimentalists including Ed Wilkerson, Mwata Bowden, Jamie Kempkers, Kioto Aoki, and Tsukasa Taiko, most of whom herald from Chicago, where Aoki has been based since 1979.

The musicians:

Tatsu Aoki - bass, shamisen Mwata Bowden - woodwinds Edward Wilkerson Jr. - woodwinds Jamie Kempkers - cello Coco Elysses - congas, percussion

The dancers: Tsukasa Taiko  Kioto Aoki  Noriko Suguyama  Elgen Aoki  Yoshinojo Fujima  Miyumi Aoki


The Hyde Park Jazz Festival is a FREE event. We ask that attendees able to do so, consider a $10 donation per person to keep it free for all.

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