Past Events 2020
Sudden Impact Presents Mike Allemana Dec. 3, 7pm
AIRMW presents Tatsu Aoki's Sudden Impact Series: catalystic events providing a substratum for Chicago’s musical artists to explore and bring forth different musical experiments.
This December, the closer for the Sudden Impact Series 2020 - presenting Mike Allemana.
Mike Allemana has been a fixture on the Chicago jazz scene since the early 1990s. His first steady gig came in 1995 when local tenor sax legend, Lin Halliday, hired Mike for his quartet. Soon after, Mike joined organist Charles Earland's Chicago quartet. During these years, Mike was an avid follower of the late saxophonist Von Freeman, sitting in at Freeman’s famous Tuesday night jam session at the New Apartment Lounge, where, in 1997, Von Freeman asked Mike to join his group, a tenure that lasted until Freeman’s passing in 2012. While with Freeman, Mike recorded on Von Freeman’s 2002 release The Improvisor on Premonition Records and toured to Berlin, which was released as Vonski Speaks on Nessa Records in 2009. In 2013, Mike and guitarist George Freeman formed a quartet with organist Pete Benson and drumming legend Bernard Purdie, a band that performs annually at the Green Mill in Chicago and was captured live for the 2017 release Live at the Green Mill on Ears&Eyes Records. Mike has also been awarded several composition commissions. In 2011, Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) commissioned Mike to arrange Von Freeman’s original compositions for a 10-piece ensemble for the Made in Chicago concert series at Millennium Park which featured special guests Eric Alexander, Julian Priester, Art Hoyle, and Steve Coleman. The Jazz Institute of Chicago commissioned Mike in 2018 to compose an original work he calls Vonology, an exploration of Von Freeman’s musical and historical legacy, a work that features some of Chicago’s finest improvisers including alto saxophonist Greg Ward, tenor saxophonist Geof Bradfield, and cellist Tomeka Reid. Vonology will be released in 2021 on Ears&Eyes Records with the help of a generous grant from DCASE. Mike earned his PhD in Ethnomusicology in 2020 from the University of Chicago for his dissertation, “‘Will You Still Be Mine?’: Memory, Place, Race and Jazz on Chicago’s South Side” which examines the ways in which segregation in Chicago has shaped and continues to shape lived musical experience on the local jazz scene, with particular focus Von Freeman’s South Side jam sessions at the New Apartment Lounge. He is currently a Humanities Teaching Fellow at the University of Chicago.
December 2, 2020 7:30 PM
ANYSQUARED SPOTLIGHT art talks highlight artists of all ages and experiences and include both members and friends. PARTICIPATE from 7:30pm-8:00pm in the first spotlight featuring Helen Sanchez Cortes during our next community session on Zoom! The art talk and Q & A will be recorded: Look for it on Hairpin and AnySquared social media after the event. Zoom ID: 813 6648 7356 https://www.facebook.com/AnySquared
Sudden Impact Mai Sugimoto October 1, 2020 at Hairpin Arts Center
October 1, 2020 7:00 PM
Tatsu Aoki brings back the Sudden Impact with its 2nd full streaming event in the 2020 Autumn series, providing a platform for Chicago’s musical artists to create. explore, and conduct musical experiments.
Mai Sugimoto is a saxophonist, composer, and active member of Chicago’s jazz and improvisational music scene. Sugimoto draws inspiration from her upbringing in Japan and her roots in jazz to compose and perform from her unique multicultural experience. Born/Raised, her debut album (Asian Improv Records, 2018), explores this cultural and musical binary, juxtaposing, among others, a jazz rendition of a Japanese children’s song alongside compositions inspired by the American jazz idiom. Mai has performed three times at the Chicago Jazz Festival: in 2015 with Hanami, in 2019 as a leader, and in 2018 with renowned bassist Tatsu Aoki, with whom she frequently plays, including appearances in his Fred Anderson Legacy Band.
Sudden Impact Rami Atassi September 10, 2020 at Hairpin Arts Center
September 10, 2020 7:00 PM
Tatsu Aoki brings back the Sudden Impact series with its Doorway to Autumn full streaming event, providing a platform for Chicago’s musical artists to create and collaborate, and conduct musical experiments.
Rami Atassi is a musician, improviser, and guitarist based in Chicago. His work is a combination of the technical and emotional, a balance of intellectual curiosity and visceral drive. Through guitar and electronics he finds an outlet for his endless fascination with harmony, texture, space, and feeling. Over the last decade he has recorded, played, and toured with a diverse group of musicians, including: The Caleb Willitz Band, Tatsu Aoki, Ed Wilkerson, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Mike Staron, Ryan Suzuka & Blow Wind Blow, Jeff Breakey, Rob Reid, Bassel & the Supernaturals.
Sudden Impact 2020 Jeff Chan
August 13, 2020 7:00 PM
Tatsu Aoki brings back the Sudden Impact Summer series with its third full streaming event to facilitate new catalystic events, providing a substratum for Chicago’s musical artists to create and collaborate, and conduct musical experiments. Join us!
Chicago multi-instrumentalist/composer Jeff Chan is dedicated to advancing the understanding of the Asian American experience through music. He has worked with many of the leaders of the Asian American creative music movement, including saxophonist Francis Wong and bassist Tatsu Aoki as well as some of the top figures in the Chicago music scene such as saxophonists Jimmy Ellis, Ari Brown, Mwata Bowden and Edward Wilkerson Jr., trumpeter Ameen Muhammad, drummer Avreeayl Ra and pianist/vocalist/bandleader Yoko Noge. With a discography of more than 10 recordings as a leader, sideman and producer, Chan has performed extensively in the Chicago area, across the nation and in Europe. Critics have said that Chan is “… a voice to be reckoned with… (Brian Gilmore, JazzTimes)” and that his work is “music of uncommon majesty, spirituality and emotional depth (Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune).”
Chicago Obihiro Exchange Project 2020
思考回路 • Shikoukairo II
July 8-31, 2020
Hairpin Arts Center - 2810 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL
chicagObihiro.org | stream.airmw.org
Now in its third year and with original travel plans affected by 2020 Chicago Obihiro Exchange the pandemic, the 2020 iteration focuses on the underlying concept to reframe the conversation around cultural diegesis in the arts. The exhibition revisits the concept of shikoukairo – meaning patterns of thought. The 2019 Shikoukairo show introduced the concept to highlight the multiplicities of approaches by Japanese and Japanese American artists outside the archetypal, diegetic confines of the search for cultural identity through art. This year, shikoukairo acquires a new meaning as the artists simultaneously reflect on what it means to make work and how one does so during extended isolation.
Featuring Chicago-based artists Hua Xi Zi and Jennifer Chen-su Huang, New York-based artist Taro Takizawa, and Kiyomi Negi & Kioto Aoki of AIRMW, 思考回路• Shikoukairo II brings together a group of artists who are intuitively influenced by their diasporic background – yet whose practices employ a rhetoric grounded in visual and conceptual inquiries of material methodologies. The process and material-based works are occipital, tactile and linguistic explorations that try to question and reassess the relationship between body, mind, and our immediate environment of the home, social, and physical space.
GALLERY HOURS: WEDS (10AM-3PM) & THURS-SAT (11AM-6PM)
Exhibition is free admission, but donations encouraged via Venmo @AIRMW or through our website: airmw.org/emergencyfund
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Sudden Impact 2020 Jamie Kempkers and Tatsu Aoki
July 16, 2020 7:00 PM
Tatsu Aoki brings back the Sudden Impact Summer series with its second full streaming event to facilitate new catalystic events, providing a substratum for Chicago’s musical artists to create and collaborate, and conduct musical experiments. Jamie Kempkers (cello) and Tatsu Aoki(shamisen) perform in their own solo sets and a duo "Double Resonance". Join us !
AnySquared’s LIP 20/20 Exhibit & Community Art Days
Updated Exhibit Hours & Community Art Days:
Wednesday June 24, 3pm–8pm
Friday June 26, 2pm–7pm
(Sudden Impact concert 7–9pm streaming at Hairpin)
Sunday June 28, 4pm–7pm
Monday June 29, 6pm-8:30pm
Wednesday July 1, 3pm–8pm
AnySquared hosts Community Art Days during LIP 20/20 Exhibit Hours where people can make signs/posters/wheatpastes/stickers at the Hairpin Arts Center centering on #BlackLivesMatter. We have supplies to share. See pandemic safety measures below.
LIP = Life in Progress | AnySquared Projects’ LIP20/20 Exhibit showcases work that expresses definitions and/or critiques of progress that provokes, challenges, or illustrates. Through all media, artists represent or examine what is actual progress, what some consider progress, and what is not. LIP 20/20 seeks to answer and explore this concept with our work, our art, in our communities, and as human beings, both in the city and the world. #LIP2020
Asian Improv aRts Presents Sudden Impact
Tatsu Aoki restarts the Sudden Impact series with its first full streaming event to facilitate new catalystic events, providing a substratum for Chicago’s musical artists to create and collaborate, and conduct musical experiments. Join us June 26 at 7p.m.
Presenting Da Wei:
"For over a decade, Da Wei Wang has been a veteran guitar hawk of the Chicago avant-rock scene. He is best known for his work in the legendary punk band, Ono. He is also an improviser in Street Tentacle and the defunct Suckling Pigs.
Da Wei’s fractured, atonal guitar style spans from dada funk to existential doom to ambient raga. His solo guitar work is like a storm cloud whose gaseous firmament is carpeted with hoary sprouts and dust geysers. He employs extended techniques and tools on his guitar to conjure textured landscapes and intangible memories. Enjoy!"
June 14 - June 30 | LIP 20/20 Exhibit & Arts Festival
Open to the Public!
Hours TBA on social media
LIP = Life in Progress | AnySquared Projects’ LIP20/20 Exhibit & Arts Festival showcases work that expresses definitions and/or critiques of progress that provokes, challenges, or illustrates.
Through all media and a series of events in March, artists represent or examine what is actual progress, what some consider progress, and what is not. LIP 20/20 seeks to answer and explore this concept with our work, our art, in our communities, and as human beings, both in the city and the world. #LIP2020
LIP 20/20 Perfomance in Progress (Online)
June 7 and June 14 | Streaming 2 consecutive Sundays at 7pm
ARTISTS: B'Rael Ali Thunder | braelali.com • Mars Caulton | theartofmars.wordpress.com • Jae Green | threelegged.wixsite.com/jae-green • Andy Meholick | amlaughs.com • Kao Ra Zen | instagram.com/kaorazen • Alex Wells Shapiro | alexwellsshapiro.com • Stasa Wade | stasawade.com
AnySquared in cooperation with the Hairpin Arts Center presents 2 sets featuring some talented artists mixing mediums!
More information: http://anysquared.com
Starting Monday May 11th
A virtual exhibition from the collaboration between the Exploring Social Practices class at the School of the Art Institute (SAIC) and Hairpin Arts Center
Time is defined as, "the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole." It's our role as artists to learn from the past, produce for the present moment, and inform those in the future. Taking a step back and analyzing our current times allows us to put into perspective the ways we respond to change. We are able to take the concept of time and freeze it, bend it, or lock it away. Utilizing visual media, the works of this show will reference 'Time' in a way that takes into account not only our current pandemic, but our hopes and dreams, history, and human communication.
This exhibition is a collaboration between the Professional Practice class Exploring Social Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Hairpin Arts Center. Originally, the exhibition was based around the theme of trust, but as a result of the worldwide pandemic that is COVID-19, the class changed their theme to time. The class had intended on organizing and conceptualizing a show at Hairpin Arts Center. With the closing down of Chicago, the artists took the exhibition online in hopes of still connecting to a wide audience. The artists would like to thank Hairpin Arts Center for continuing the collaboration beyond the physical space, and for being so helpful in the promotion of the virtual exhibition.
March 10 7pm
Seeking Progress Within Our Food System
Workshop presented by Grow-Op Chicago's Glad Matt and Mah Nu
We navigate different ways to better advocate for and engage with our local food systems. Through group discussions and a short presentation we’ll learn about resources, new volunteer opportunities, and ways to build relationships with local farmers and fellow home growers.
Feb 15 4pm
Allstar Weekend All Style Fashion Fest 2020
A celebration of Fashion, Sports, Art, and Culture. All Style Fashion Fest 2020 is the biggest event of the year where we celebrate life through fashion, sports, fun, to be held February 15, 2020 in Chicago, IL. The All Style Fashion Fest 2020 will host international designers from around the world along with top fashion designers from the USA. This is a night everyone will remember. Are you ready for the fashion show of your lifetime?
February 13 7pm
Sudden Impact Series 2020 - Valentine's Day Edition
AIRMW presents:the Sudden Impact Series Valentine’s Day Edition!!
Together with the Hairpin Arts Center, Asian Improv aRts Midwest's Tatsu Aoki continues the Sudden Impact series in 2020 to facilitate new catalystic events, providing a heart shaped substratum for Chicago’s musical artists to collaborate, hug, and conduct musical kisses (and experiments); to collaborate and bring forth new musical happenings.
First Set : Mars Williams & Tatsu Aoki
Second Set : Tatsu Aoki & Mars Williams