SUDDEN IMPACT 2020 WINTER SERIES: Mike Allemana

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.

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SUDDEN IMPACT 2020 AUTUMN SERIES: MAI SUGIMOTO

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.

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.

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SUDDEN IMPACT SERIES: Rami Atassi

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.

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Chicago Obihiro Exchange Project 2020 思考回路 • Shikoukairo II

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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Chicago Obihiro Exchange Project 2020 思考回路 • Shikoukairo II

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 SERIES: Jamie Kempkers and Tatsu Aoki

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 !

 

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Chicago Obihiro Exchange Project 2020 思考回路 • Shikoukairo II

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

ARTIST BIOS:
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AnySquared’s LIP 20/20 Exhibit & Community Art Days

AnySquared’s LIP 20/20 Exhibit & Arts Festival
Exhibition Extended Through July 1st, 2020

In June, we are hosting Community Art Days during LIP 20/20 Exhibit hours where people can make signs/posters/stickers at the Hairpin Arts Center centering on #BlackLivesMatter.

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

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

LIP 20/20 Performance in Progress

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

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!

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.

Grow-Op Chicago is a community garden advocacy group and seed-starting initiative based in Logan Square. Our mission is to increase the growing capacity of community gardens in low-income communities and connect people to their local food systems. We mobilize volunteers to start seeds at home and then distribute the mature plants to participating gardens and organizations.

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