Kioto Aoki

Instructor, Gintenkai Premier Performance Unit Co-Lead

As daughter of artistic director Tatsu Aoki, Kioto is a descendant of the Toyoakimoto performing arts family dating back to the Edo period. Kioto carries on this direct lineage of the traditional Japanese performing arts as sole professional taiko player in Chicago. Performing in stage since age 7, she has a career of over 20 years and plays shamisen and tsuzumi as well. Kioto co-leads the Gintenkai Performance Unit with Kiyomi Negi, working with advanced youth and adult performers from Tsukasa Taiko and collaborative group GenRyu Arts based in San Francisco. 

As a professional artist, Kioto is active within the experimental and creative music communities in Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area. Projects include Yoko Ono’s SKYLANDING, Tatsu Aoki’s The MIYUMI Project, The Reduction Ensemble, and the Taiko Legacy / Reduction series at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Kioto is also a multi-year Ethnic and Folk Arts Master Apprentice Program Awardee from the Illinois Arts Council.



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