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Yoko Ono's 'Skylanding' installation inspires cutting-edge Chicago jazz

Yoko Ono's 'Skylanding' installation inspires cutting-edge Chicago jazz

OCTOBER 12, 2016, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Yoko Ono's 'Skylanding' installation inspires cutting-edge Chicago jazz
by Howard Recih
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To commemorate the dedication of SKYLANDING, Ono and Project 120 are releasing a CD with songs written by Ono and recorded by Tatsu Aoki, a renowned Chicago-based musician, composer and educator, and his MIYUMI Project jazz ensemble. Songs include “War Zone/Overture,” “Rising I,” “Don’t Worry Kyoko,” “Hashire,” “Mindtrain,” “Rising II,” “War Zone/Finale,” and a new song, “SKYLANDING.” This is not a commercial release, and Ono does not appear on the CD.

“Rising I,” which will be performed at the Dedication, will be the first song available to the public by streaming on SKYLANDING.com. This will be followed by a full release of the music of SKYLANDING on that site. All streaming will be free, and a limited number of CDs will be also circulated over the coming months beginning at the dedication ceremony.
 
“This collection of Yoko’s music tells a story about the complexity of humanity and our ability to both create and destroy,” explained Robert Karr, Jr., who produced the CD with Ono. “For example, ‘War Zone’ is about the devastation she witnessed as a child in Tokyo during World War II and the aftermath of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. ‘Rising’ is a path to peace. These songs are timeless and repeat because humanity remains caught-up in a cycle of creation and destruction. The final song, ‘SKYLANDING,’ instructs us to heal the past, and come together and envision and create a new world - a world of peace among all people and nations.”
 
The Miyumi Project line-up includes Aoki (bass, kana-bass, shamisen), Dee Alexander (vocals), Mwata Bowden (woodwinds), Edward Wilkerson (woodwinds), Jaime Kempkers (cello), Coco Elysses (conga, percussion), Avreeayl Ra (drums, percussion), Kioto Aoki (taiko, narimono), Rami Atassi (guitar), Jonathan Chen (violin) and the Tsukasa Taiko drummers.