MCA Tatsu Aoki’s TAIKO LEGACY 15 and REDUCTION 6 Preview


Reduction 6 “Kanreki Speical
December 8 7:30 PM

Taiko Legacy
December 9 2:00 PM


Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave

The 15th Anniversary of the Taiko Legacy will be celebrated in two programs directed by multi-instrumentalist and media artist Tatsu Aoki, Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave. The 15th Anniversary celebration also includes a special “Chindonya” (Street Troubadour) workshop Sunday, Dec. 9, 5:30 p.m.

TAIKO director Tatsu Aoki will be  commemorating his achieving kanreki, or his 60th birthday. In Japan, this significant birthday celebrates the completion of one Zodiac cycle and is a kind of a “second birth” and time to reflect on the past, as well as look ahead towards the future.

Joining the drummers in this memorable kanreki ritual will be Chicago’s jazz artists Hamid Drake (drummer and percussionist), Michael Zerang (percussionist) and Nicole Mitchell (flutist/ composer) plus Chizuru Kineya (shamisen) and chindonya performer Yasushi Shimazaki.

Taiko legacy will be performed by the Tsukasa Taiko ensemble with featured guests Melody Takata and the GenRyu Arts of San Francisco, classical music grandmasters from Japan, Chizuru Kineya and chindonya (traditional troubadour) artist Yasushi Shimazaki, , who will also lead a worksop


$20, $15 for children
For more information visit the Taiko Legacy website.

Photos courtesy of MCA Tatsu

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