Taiko Art Legacy is Back at Museum of Contemporary Art this Fall with a Celebration of 23 Years of Tsukasa Taiko

Taiko Art Legacy in performance (photo courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago).

Taiko ART Legacy, directed by multi-instrumentalist and media artist Tatsu Aoki, marks Tsukasa Taiko’s 23 year journey with two concerts and a Kabuki music workshop at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (220 E. Chicago Ave) in December.  

Taiko (Japanese drum), is typically heard at seasonal festivals and temples all throughout Japan.

At the core of Tsukasa Taiko’s artistic and musical vernacular is a more esoteric and theatrical expression of Taiko that is a less frequented and more difficult endeavor with a speculative destination. Notable companions on this journey will include jazz drummer and percussionist Hamid Drake; percussionist, actress, poet and screenwriter Coco Elysses; percussionist JoVia Armstrong, winner of Black Women in Jazz Awards’ 2014 Best Black Female Percussionist of the Year; and, direct from France, special guest drummer and improviser Yuko Oshima.

Reduction is a refined response to the popularity of mainstream taiko drumming, a trend which sees taiko stripped of its particular musical and theatrical elements. This year’s presentation features unreleased materials from 1970’s original taiko theater – the Gintenkai in Tokyo, ranging from traditional to modern interpretations of taiko music as an artistic venture.  Classical masters Hyakkyou Fukuhara (flute/percussion), Chizuru Kineya (shamisen), Shijuro Tachibana (kabuki dance), lend their deftness to the evening’s presentation. 

​The concerts and workshop, which take place December 7 and 8, are all ticked events. Concert tickets are $20 (adults) and $15 (Seniors/Kids under 12); Workshop tickets are $25. For updates and more information visit or call the Taiko Legacy Hot Line 312.610.2581.