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Metamorphosis: Beethoven Birthday Bash
For the 248th anniversary of Beethoven’s birthday

Saturday, December 15th, 2pm to 1am
Hairpin Arts Center, 2810 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

Beethoven Birthday BashTo celebrate Beethoven's 248th birthday, the International Beethoven Project is very excited to present its 9th Annual Beethoven Birthday Bash with a multi-arts festival running from Friday, December 14th to Sunday, December 16th.

This year, the Beethoven Birthday Bash will explore the theme of Metamorphosis through a variety of beautiful and thought-provoking performances and works of art. This edition of IBP's Annual Beethoven Birthday Bash includes three exciting days of music, art, and merrymaking. Featured artists include classical, jazz and rock musicians along with theater and improv performers, dancers, visual artists and more, among which: Silent Theatre, John Sutton, George Lepauw, Ana Munteanu, Jeremiah Hunt Trio, Desueno Dance, Lindsay Brown Dance, Oona Tramps, Matt Griffo, Amos Gillespie Quartet, Faintlife, Antony and the Tramps, Silent Marvin, Sammy Tramp and Darling Violet, and Consuelo Lepauw.

In addition to IBP’s main events are several educational programs in Chicago Public Libraries as well as private events for IBP members and supporters.

The theme of Metamorphosis will bring us face to face with Beethoven's approach to challenges as well as with our own, asking us to look at the crises in our lives and in our world in order to learn and evolve.

Ludwig van Beethoven (Bonn 1770 - Vienna 1827) is known for changing the history of music, helping to birth the Romantic movement by emancipating the artist from his usual position as a servant to court and church, becoming a challenger to the status quo, moving society forward, and bringing forth a new consciousness.

This year’s Beethoven Birthday Bash, the 9th annual celebration of Beethoven’s birthday produced by IBP since 2010, is part of a ten year countdown to Beethoven’s 250th birthday in 2020, for which IBP is planning several major events and media productions, some of which will be announced on December 16th.

Friday, December 14th, 7:30pm to 11:30pm
Chopin Theater, 1543 W Division Street, Chicago

Saturday, December 15th, 2pm to 1am
Hairpin Arts Center, 2810 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago

Sunday, December 16th, 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Holy Trinity High School Auditorium
Grand Finale for Beethoven's day of birth!

General Admission Day Pass: $30
VIP Day Pass: $50
3 day General Admission Pass: $60
3 day VIP Pass: $100
Student Pass: $5 or free with social media share

For tickets, click here or visit or call 312.772.5821

Sudden Impact Series 11-24-12-14-18

November 24, 2018 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$15.00 Suggested Donation

AIRMW presents the Sudden Impact Series
Tatsu Aoki brings together a new series to facilitate new catalystic events, providing a substratum for Chicago’s musical artists to collaborate and bringing forth different musical experiments.

Hairpin Arts Center, 2810 N. Milwaukee Ave.

#2 Nov. 24 Saturday 7p.m.

Lab Set one: Reduction Trio (Tatsu Aoki, Jaime Kempkers, Kioto Aoki)
The Reduction Trio
Tatsu Aoki originally conceived Reduction as a creative response to the popular taiko drumming stripped of its musical elements. Reduction argues for upholding the beauty in taiko performance and for its connectivity to aesthetics and musicality. The Reduction Trio is the musical extension of this philosophy, members from the current Miyumi Project: Tatsu Aoki, , Jamie Kempkers, and Kioto A. , synthesize and weave their vibe as the "Tradition and Diaspora" series continues.

Lab Set two: Suwan Choi/Jeff Chan Duet
Suwan Choi/Jeff Chan Duet
Chicago saxophonist/composer Jeff Chan and international pungmul (traditional Korean percussion) artist Suwan Choi are creating a duet language that is informed by musical practices that include jazz, new/creative music, improvisation and traditional Korean music. Since moving to Chicago in 2015, Suwan has held a key role in raising the profile of the Korean traditional performing arts as well as training a new generation of Korean Americans in this cultural form. He partners with Jeff Chan, who has been an active contributor to the Asian American artistic community and the broader musical landscape ince moving to Chicago in 2002.

Friday, December 14
7:00 – 9:00pm
Description: Second in our Jazz Series SUDDEN IMPACT -
Joshua Abrams is a composer, bassist, and improviser. Since the mid-1990s, Abrams has been a key figure in Chicago's creative music communities, touring internationally with artists across genres. In 2010, Abrams formed Natural Information Society (NIS), a group that intertwines composition and improvisation to create long-form psychedelic sonic environments. Abrams has scored numerous feature films, including The Trials of Muhammad Ali (2013), and several projects with award-winning director Steve James: the films Abacus: Small Enough To Jail (2017), Life Itself (2014), The Interrupters (2011); and the documentary series America To Me (2018). Abrams' has appeared on recordings by Fred Anderson, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, David Boykin, Hamid Drake, Nicole Mitchell, Roscoe Mitchell, Mike Reed, Matana Roberts, The Roots, and Town and Country. His performances include work with The Fred Anderson Trio, Sean Bergin, Ari Brown, Earle Brown, Peter Brötzmann, Rhys Chatham, Gerald Cleaver, Tony Conrad, Toumani Diabaté, Bill Dixon, Axel Dörner, Von Freeman, Charles Gayle, Jandek, Kidd Jordan, Oliver Lake, Joe McPhee, Joe Morris, Cooper Moore, Evan Parker, Jeff Parker, William Parker, Ballaké Sissoko, Damo Suzuki, Craig Taborn, Chad Taylor, and Kurt Vonnegut. Abrams is a recipient of the 2018 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award.

Tatsu Aoki Tokyo, is a leading advocate for the Asian American community, as well as a prolific composer and performer of traditional and experimental music forms, a filmmaker, and an educator. Born in 1958 into the Toyoakimoto artisan family, Aoki was part of his family's performance crew from the age of four. By the early 1970s, Aoki was active in Tokyo’s underground arts movement with experimental arts and music. In 1977, Aoki left Tokyo and is now one of the most in-demand performers of bass, shamisen, and taiko, contributing more than ninety recording projects and touring internationally during the last 35 years. Predominately noted in the 90's for being the long associated bassist for the late Chicago legend Fred Anderson, Aoki has sustained and intensified his endeavors which have resulted in awards from multiple cultural and musical organizations for his cross cultural collaborations. In the summer of 2016, his Miyumi Project ensemble was chosen as the official musical presenters for the unveiling of Yoko Ono's first permanent installation in North America, "SKYLANDING", in Chicago's own Jackson Park; which also resulted in the group recording the album "SKYLANDING", produced by Yoko Ono. Last year (2017), the group contributed their unique vibe to the soundtrack of the film documentary addressing the Japanese American Incarceration, "And Then They Came for Us", and released the corresponding album. This past May (2018), Aoki was honored as the first recipient of the “George Award”, for his years of support, recording, and performance with renowned American Jazz and soul guitarist George Freeman.

6 Week Storytelling Classes With Lily Be

Discover Your Story

Story Telling at Hairpin ArtsEveryone has a story to tell. EVERYONE. However, not everyone believes that they do. Not everyone is comfortable going to a opening themselves up to a group of strangers and sharing their most vulnerable and honest stories.

I'm Lily Be, I am a momma, a nanny, a carpenter and a storyteller.

My classes are not about teaching you how to perform your stories, I am teaching you how to find them, structure them in a way that helps you make sense of your experiences so that you are able to share them with others. Be it on stage or at work or in relationships. This class isn't about performing your story, it's about getting it to make sense to you and to those around you.

Storytelling saved my life. That is not hyperbole.

Each week, we will focus on two different prompts that I created to help bring out our most significant and sometime vulnerable stories.

We will give each other feedback and constructive criticism about our stories in hopes of finding more details or questions that may reveal even deeper meaning to our experiences.

Class size will be kept to 10 to insure that everyone gets a chance to develop one 7 - 10 minute story that they can opt to share on stage at the end of the session.

Story Telling ClassesWednesday, October 10th, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday, October 17th, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday, October 24th, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday, October 31st, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday, November 7th, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday, November 14th, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM


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