Taiko Legacy and Reduction 

Tsukasa Taiko 22nd year Journey

Tatsu Aoki’s Taiko Legacy and Reduction

The unmistakable sound of Taiko (Japanese drums), typically heard only at seasonal festivals and temples in Japan, has been elevated to a new level on the MCA Stage and other prestigious venues for the last decade and a half. Check back for more information about our new milestone as we celebrate the fifteenth-anniversary performance.

Taiko Legacy

Celebrating over two decades of artist directed performance, Taiko Legacy is a perennial commemoration bringing together professional contemporary and classical performers alongside enduring community members to produce one of the largest Taiko drumming concerts in the Midwest. The multigenerational ensemble Tsukasa Taiko anchors the traditional musical relationship between shamisen, dance, and taiko. The melodic depths of the taiko ensemble performance are explored using original compositions and arrangements from a broad range of musical styles including ozashiki (geisha chamber music), minyo(folk music), ohayashi (classical/folk/theater music), and matsuri taiko (festival taiko music). 


Directed by Tatsu Aoki, Reduction is a creative response to the popularity of mainstream taiko drumming, which is stripped of its musical and theatrical elements. Reduction often features rare and special guest appearances that exemplifies our grand experience of Taiko as a fusion of traditional and modern Japanese ideas.

Taiko Legacy / Reduction is a program of Asian Improv aRts Midwest and the Japanese American Service Committee of Chicago and is supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council, the MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Alphawood Foundation, CDH. P.C, JCCC Foundation, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Field Foundation of Illinois, and The National Endowment for the Arts. 

Taiko Legacy Hot Line: 312.610.2581