Tatsu Aoki’s ‘Reduction’ in Chicago Reviewed

Tatsu Aoki

Tatsu Aoki (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


From chicagotribune.com:


For more than three decades, Chicago bassist-composer Tatsu Aoki has been exploring both the musical traditions of his Japanese homeland and the ways in which jazz, avant-garde and blues are played in his adopted city. His experiments in merging these seemingly unrelated worlds have yielded several gripping works, most notably “Rooted: Origins of Now” (2001), “re: Rooted” (2006) and “Trans-Rooted” (2010). None of these projects, however, ventured into storytelling as linear or as mysterious as “Reduction,” which Aoki and a large ensemble of taiko drummers, jazz musicians and dancers presented Saturday night at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Though the piece had its stronger and weaker passages, it showed Aoki producing some of the most autobiographical work of his career.


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