Chicago-based multi-instrumentalist Tatsu Aoki (pictured), who blends traditional Japanese music, jazz and experimental sounds, is coming to St. Louis to play a free concert at 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 27 in the Saint Louis Art Museum's Grigg Gallery.
Aoki, who plays bass, taiko drums, and shamisen (a three-stringed Japanese lute), was born in Tokyo but has lived in Chicago since 1977. He has worked with musicians such as Art Ensemble of Chicago members Malachi Favors, Roscoe Mitchell and Don Moye, pipa player Wu Man, and saxophonist Fred Anderson. Aoki also is a filmmaker who teaches film production and history courses at the Art Institute of Chicago, and a noted advocate for Chicago's Asian-American community. You can see a short interview with Aoki and an excerpt from one of his shamisen performances in the embedded video window below.
Aoki's concert is part of the Museum's free Art After 5 series, and is presented in conjunction with the new fall exhibit "Five Centuries of Japanese Screens: Masterpieces from the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago."