Kioto is also a taiko artist descending from an okiya (geisha house) performing arts family in Tokyo –called Toyoakimoto– with roots dating back to the Edo period. Learning from her father Tatsu Aoki who was born in Tokyo, Kioto is carrying on the artistic family lineage in Chicago, playing in both traditional and contemporary musical contexts. She leads Tsukasa Taiko, the Japanese drumming department at Asian Improv aRts Midwest (AIRMW), and is active within the experimental and creative music communities in Chicago and the Bay Area.

Projects include Tatsu Aoki’s The MIYUMI Project, Yoko Ono’s SKYLANDING, The Reduction Ensemble, and the Taiko Legacy / Reduction series and Soundtrack at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.


Solo album: No Traffic in Space (2021)
available from Asian Improv Records
Featured in: Best of the MIYUMI Project (2020)
available from FPE Records