Ph.D. Colloquium Presentation: Tatsu Aoki, "Imagining sound & non accidental images"

Ph.D. Colloquium Presentation: Tatsu Aoki, "Imagining sound & non accidental images"

EMPAC, Studio 2

April 29, 2009 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

A talk on music & image and screenings of a few film\video works.

Artist Bio 

Born in Japan into an artisan family, Tatsu Aoki began studies in the traditional Japanese performing arts at age 3, and began making films in regular 8 gage in early childhood. His biological father Wahei Hoshino was a movie producer at Shin Toho Movie Studio in the 60's and was the reason for Aoki to get into small gage filmmaking. As well as being a performing artist, Aoki studied experimental filmmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor in the Film, Video and New Media Department, where he teaches film production and history courses.  Since arriving in the US in 1977, Aoki has become a leading advocate for Chicago's Asian American community and one of Chicago's most in-demand musicians on contrabass, taiko (Japanese drums), and shamisen (Japanese lute). Working in the U.S. and internationally in both film and music, Aoki has produced more than 60 recording projects and over 30 experimental films.

As founder and Executive Director of AIRMW, Aoki has initiated and managed several programs to advance the understanding of Asian American culture and community through the arts, including the Annual Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival and the JASC Tsukasa Taiko Legacy arts residency project. His work as an artist and educator in the cultural arts and as a leader in the Asian American community, address as well as define, the issues facing the community, including the need for quality artistic programs that reflect the Asian American experience.


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