Rooted Origins of Now - The Miyumi Project Big Band


the MIYUMI project big band


TATSU AOKI'S ROOTED: ORIGINS OF NOW is a musical chronicle of an Asian immigrant's adventures in the United States. While this four-part narrative is a personal story, it carries universal emotional force. Commissioned by the Jazz Indstitute of Chicago, it was performed during the 2001 Chicago Jazz Festival.

  1. Part One: Now 12:54
  2. Part Two: Origin 14:04
    Intro: Hua Ha Ha - Chinese Tradition
  3. Part Three: 1.5 Generation 8:29
  4. Part Four: ...of Now, as Well 17:57
  5. Origin: Chamber Version 2:42

March 5, 2002
Southport S-SSD 0092
ASIN: B000063TKP

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Album Description, Editorial Review

Rooted: Origins of Now The Miyumi Project Big Band Composed and conducted by Tatsu Aoki

The Jazz Institute of Chicago Sound Archive and Recordings (CD Label Premiere) / Southport Records / Asian Improv Records (S-SSD-0092)

Southport Records in association with Asian Improv and The Jazz Institute Of Chicago presents the debut of the JIC's new CD label, “Sound Archive And Recordings.” Last summer of 2001 the JIC commissioned famed bassist/composer and producer Tatsu Aoki to compose and perform the selection “Rooted.” The world premiere of the 12-piece ensemble big band percussion project was within a regional city neighborhood (Ping Tom Memorial Park in Chinatown) and at The Chicago Jazz Festival in the summer of 2001. This recording is the first in an ongoing JIC series of producing original music and also pulling sides from their lush history of festivals and events that go back in time to 1978.

“Rooted” traces the immigration of people from the Asian Pacific region to Chicago and other North American ports of call. In addition to melding elements of traditional Japanese music and avant-garde jazz, it finds rhythmic common ground in seemingly disparate styles. Included in the ensemble are AACM leader Mwata Bowden's clarinet and baritone saxophone, trumpet master Ameen Muhammad, vocalist Yoko Noge, violinist Jonathan Chen, young saxophonists Taku Akiyama and Toru Hironaka, trap drummer Mia Park, and four Taiko drummers (including Aoki). A true epic.

Bassist Tatsu Aoki is not only dynamic as a player, but is also the Executive Director of Asian Improv Records, and the international producer for Southport Records. Southport records continues it's tradition of recording and producing new music from Chicago to a world market. Media, we appreciate your support!

Rooted: Origins of Now ~ The Miyumi Project Big Band S-SSD 0092
Composed and conducted by Tatsu Aoki with Mwata Bowden
A new JIC/Asian Improv/Southport release-recorded in Chicago
Street Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2002

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