“TOYOAKIMOTO” by Tatsu Aoki

Reconstruction of Tokyo Style Geisha Music
Asian Improv Records 0083
TOYOAKIMOTO [CD]available online via the website Amazon.com now.

Asian Improv Records 0083

Aki Aoki at Age 18, Unknown, Circa Probably Early 1900's
(Grandmother of Tatsu Aoki)

About Ozashiki Shamisen at Toyoakimoto
While popular geisha Shamisen music like Hauta and Kouta focus mostly on singing, Ozashiki Shamisen is largely instrumental. It is mainly instrumental and used mostly as interlude music before the featured geisha ladies appear, or to fill time in large parties and gatherings.

About Toyoakimoto
I was born in 1957 in Tokyo, Japan into the Toyoakimoto house which was traditionally categorized as "Okiya", meaning a booking and training agent for geisha ladies in a designated area in downtown Tokyo. While the economy and social environment forced many of these traditional artisan family businesses to close down in the 1960s, I was fortunately able to receive some of the important essence of traditional Tokyo geisha cultural training and studies at the age of four. I became part of the performing crew in early childhood. After my grandmother passed away, I continued the Tokyo music training until my early teens when I shifted my musical focus to American pop music and experimental music. I was an active performer during the early '70s in the midst of the Tokyo underground arts. -- Tatsu Aoki

Chicago's renowned musician, Tatsu Aoki, presents his new work of a 300-year legacy of Japanese cultural arts.

“TOYOAKIMOTO” by Tatsu Aoki
National CD Release Party
SAN FRANCISCO July 29, 2012 Tateuchi Auditorium
CHICAGO CD Release/Press Party
CHICAGO August 9, 2012 Cafe Sushi
Details and Press Kit

The concert, free to the public, will take place on Sunday, July 29, 2012 from 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (a reception with the artists precedes the show from 12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.) in Nihonmachi Little Friends' Tateuchi Auditorium, 1830 Sutter Street (between Webster & Buchanan), San Francisco, California.

A Chicago CD Release/Press Party presented by ENERI Communications is scheduled for Thursday, August 9, 2012 at Cafe Sushi, 1342 North Wells Street, Chicago, Illinois from 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. The event will be hosted by radio personality Rick O'Dell. Media wishing to attend should request credentials by e-mail to ENERI Communications at rsvp(at)enericom.net by August 3, 2012. The reception is being underwritten in part by Philip Wong, Esq and RKJ Legal. A limited number of tickets will be available to fans at the cost of $20 each, which includes the CD. For availability, please RSVP to rsvp(at)enericom.net by August 3, 2012.