Chicago Immigrant Stories is a multi-year music series where jazz, classical, and ethnic folk music intersect in new and unexpected ways. This third edition of the series takes the mixing of musical ingredients a step further by exploring the ways in which culinary traditions define our immigrant stories. This approach recognizes that food, like music is at the heart of our human experience, and the two things we are most likely to share when we come together in normal times.
Since 2017, Co-Founder and Artistic Director Orbert Davis has invited guest artists to share their families' origin stories, culture, and artistry to create compelling experiences for audiences across Chicago. This year's virtual edition will feature shamisen, contra bass and Taiko master Tatsu Aoki (Japan), percussionist Geraldo De Oliveira (Brazil), and bandera master Ivan Smilo (Ukraine). This year Maestro Davis has invited Argentinian pianist Leandro Lopez Varady to be a co-composer for the project.
The series will culminate in a live broadcast performance in October, 2021.
We invite you and neighborhood residents across the city to celebrate Chicago's diversity by sharing family stories, photos and most importantly, recipes that represent your own cultural culinary traditions to our interactive map!
Click here to view other Chicago Immigrant Stories and submit your own!