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World Music Festivals

Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival
October 1, 2005 - October 22, 2005
Chicago Illinois


The 2005 Annual Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival (AAJF) will celebrate its 10th year by exploring the history and development of Asian American music over the past decade.

The AAJF will run through October 2005 at venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chicago Cultural Center, the HotHouse and Links Hall.

October 1
The Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago
$18 general/$14 MCA members (Tickets are available at the MCA Box Office at (312) 397 4010, or

The opening weekend of the AAJF presents San Francisco saxophonist/composer Francis Wong's "Legends and Legacies Big Band" featuring many of the pioneers of the West Coast Asian American music movement, including pianist Jon Jang and spoken word artist Genny Lim as well as Chicago’s legendary multi-instrumentalist, Mwata Bowden. Opening the evening will be spoken-word artist Kate Rigg with electric violinist Lyris Hung from New York

October 2
The Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago
$12 general/only $2 for children under 12! (Tickets are available at the MCA Box Office at (312) 397 4010, or

On October 2 will be the Chicago Taiko Legacy program which features two of the nation’s premiere taiko (Japanese drumming) artists and their ensembles: Chicago’s Hide Yoshihashi and JASC Tsukasa Taiko along with Melody Takata and her Gen Taiko ensemble from San Francisco. Don’t miss this thunderous drumming exhibition as these dynamic groups battle it out during this family-friendly Sunday matinee performance.

Also at the Museum of Contemporary Art!
Artists Up Close
Two events bring together the audience and the artists during the festival. On October 1, at 6:30 pm, a pre-performance conversation, “Asian American Jazz Retrospective,” features Francis Wong, Jon Jang, and Tatsu Aoki. An October 2 pre- performance talk begins at 2 pm with Deborah Wong, Hide Yoshihashi, Melody Takata, and Tatsu Aoki speaking about Chicago Taiko development.

October 8
The Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington Street, Chicago
Free Admission!
This concert will be a CD release party for "Graphic Evidence" a collective ensemble project featuring New York violinist Jason Kao Hwang, San Francisco saxophonist Francis Wong and Chicago bassist Tatsu Aoki.

An opening performance will be presented by daegum (Korean transverse flute) virtuoso and Chicago resident artist, Ms. Hyun Chung Kim.

October 8
The HotHouse 31 E. Balbo Avenue, Chicago
$18 general, $15 students (tickets available at the door or on-line at

This program features Japanese swing jazz group "Soul Food Cafe" from Tokyo. Also this evening will be a very special retrospective program of two of the leading Asian American musicians on Chicago’s jazz scene, Steve Hashimoto and Yoko Noge. Closing out the night will be saxophonist Jeff Chan’s “big fUn philharmonic: Chicago-style” featuing Avreeayl Ra, Kirk Brown, Ed Wilkerson Jr., Taku Akiyama and artists featured at the 10th Annual Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival.

October 20, 21, 22
Links Hall 3435 N. Sheffield Avenue, 2nd floor, Chicago
$12 general, $10 students (RSVP for tickets at (773) 281-0824)

“Living Memory/Living Absence” is a multi-media work that marks the return of Cambodian American artist, Anida Yoeu Esguerra, to her birth country after 25 years of absence. A musical performance by taiko/shamisen (Japanese lute) artist Amy Homma will open each show.

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