Film and Soundscape by Tatsu Aoki
November 16th, 2012
Puzzle I (2001), Puzzle II (2002) and Puzzle III (2003)(118 minutes, 16mm)
Live music and sound scape performed by Jonathan Chen, Jamie Kempkers, Guillermo Gregorio and Tatsu Aoki.
A day trip to Lincoln Park zoo turns in to a colorful journey of light and shadow. The world of abstraction and mesmerizing cinema – mechanical reality. Puzzle trilogy will invite you to an experience of traveling sprits and obscure moving images
Tatsu Aoki is a prolific artist, composer, musician, educator and a consummate bassist and Shamisen Lute player. Based in Chicago, Aoki works in a wide range of musical genres, ranging from traditional Japanese music, jazz, experimental and creative music. Aoki was born in 1957 in Tokyo, Japan into an artisan family called TOYOAKI MOTO, traditionally categorized as OKIYA, meaning a booking and training agent for Geisha ladies in downtown Tokyo’s designated area. While the economy and social environment forced many of those traditional artisan family business to close down in the 60’s , Aoki was luckily able to receive some of the important essence of traditional Tokyo Geisha cultural training and studies at age 4, and became a part of the performing crew in early childhood. After his grandmother passed away, he had kept the Tokyo music training until early teen, and shifted his musical focus to American pop music and experimental music. Since his biological father was a movie producer at Shin Toho Studio, he had also began working in small gage films and started to produce experimental films. Aoki was active performer during the early 70’s in the mist of Tokyo Underground Arts movement. Became a member of Japanese Experimental Music ensemble, GINTENKAI presenting mixture of traditional music, new western music and experimental films. After coming to U.S. in 1977, Aoki studied experimental filmmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is currently an adjunct full professor at the Film, Video and New Media Department, and teaches film production and history courses. During the late 80’s, Aoki has become a leading advocate for Chicago’s Asian American community and one of Chicago’s most in-demand musicians and filmmaker. He has produced over 30 experimental films.
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