AIRMW will be relocating to our very own building soon! Our new address is 4875 N Elston in the North Mayfair neighborhood. The space is currently undergoing construction which is scheduled to be compete around February 2023. Thank you to our funders, community members and performers, staff and family whose support has made this possible.

We will be postponing all beginner workshops until our move, but Tsukasa Taiko is still performing throughout Chicago. Be sure to follow our schedule!

If you would like to support our move and our continued organizational activities, visit here to make a donation.

Visit our Dojo Project page for more information.

                      Rendering for new AIRMW building at 4875 N Elston

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Tsukasa Taiko is a program of Asian Improv aRts Midwest and sponsored in part by:


Japanese American Service Committee (JASC)
4427 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640
For inquires contact
Kay Kawaguchi
(773) 275.0097 x 226 



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Collaborators and Friends

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Tsukasa Taiko is proud of our collaborative efforts with various aspects of the arts.

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Collaborative Projects

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Shubukai Fujima Shunojo and Fujima Yoshinojo
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Shubukai presents cultural arts and educational presentations throughout Chicago and the Midwest, and is committed to maintaining and sustaining the core aesthetics of Japanese classical dance in Chicago and the Asian American community. www.shubukai.org

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National Gintenkai

Aoki formed the National Gintenkai Project, teaching advanced players from Gen Taiko the same Gintenkai pieces he teaches Tsukasa’s Gintenkai Unit. Throughout the year, members fly out to play in annual performances for each group. Gintenkai.org

toyoakis shamisen Chizuru Kineya and Tatsu Aoki
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Toyoaki Shamisen

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

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The Miyumi Project

Tatsu Aoki and his band, The Miyumi Project featuring Tsukasa Taiko celebrate the collaboration between African-American and Asian-American jazz artists with a multi-generational group fusing Avant Garde jazz with taiko drumming. www.miyumiproject.com

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Sky Landing

In 2016, the MIYUMI Project & Tsukasa Taiko was chosen as the official musical presenters for Yoko Ono’s “SKYLANDING” Project here in Chicago and resulted in the Yoko Ono produced SKYLANDING album, an innovative, energetic musical experience. Each successive grouping of musicians over the past two decades have contributed to the unique blending of modern application with traditional sensibility. www.skylanding.com

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Educational Program

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The mission of Tsukasa Taiko is to preserve and pass on the traditional concepts of taiko as a cultural legacy and to utilize these concepts in expanding and evolving the taiko form. One of the ways is through educational programming. Read More…

Beginners Workshop

Tsukasa Taiko offers taiko classes and workshops throughout the year as well as the opportunity to learn other traditional Japanese musical instruments, including the shamisen (3-string lute) and shinobue (bamboo flute).