Sun, Apr 15th | 11:00 AM
Friday, June 1, 2018 ♦ 8:00 PM
4544 N Lincoln Ave · Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall · 773.728.6000
Join internationally acclaimed songwriter and violinist, Kishi Bashi, in an intimate acoustic setting, as he shares his songs in a stripped down, acoustic incarnation. He will also show footage and share stories about his documentary about the Japanese American Incarceration and American identity. He will be joined by Ho Etsu Taiko and No No Boy – the project of songwriter and scholar Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama, whose grandmother was interned at Heart Mountain.
The No-No Boy Project is a multimedia concert featuring the music of singer/songwriter Julian Saporiti. Taking inspiration from interviews with World War II Japanese Incarceration camp survivors, and his own family's history living through the Vietnam War, as well as other archival stories that explore diverse aspects of the Asian American experience, Saporiti has transformed his doctoral research at Brown University into folk songs in an effort to bring these stories to a broader audience. Performing these well-crafted songs alongside Erin Aoyama, a fellow PhD student at Brown, whose family was incarcerated at one of the 10 Japanese American concentration camps, No-No Boy aims to shine a light on experiences that have remained largely hidden in the American consciousness.
Ho Etsu Taiko is Chicago-based collective of musicians with a fresh take on the art of Japanese drumming. We push the envelope through collaborations with other taiko groups, musicians, and culturally-focused performance artists while staying grounded in the rich tradition of kumi-daiko. Through our music we blend the culture of Japanese-American taiko with influences that celebrate the diversity of our ensemble. Our mission is to spread joy through each and every drumbeat by creating music that is true to who we are.