My name is Ari Koinuma (pronounced ko-ee-noo-ma).  I’m a recording artist, guitarist, songwriter, YouTuber, and blogger. 


I release my music as Aristotle’s Hope. It’s progressive rock.

You can find Aristotle’s Hope at Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple, and most other major streaming services.

I play in two musical groups, Como Sapiens and Minnasia. I also play the guitar for musicals.


Here is my channel. Over the years I put up songwriting analysis, songwriting tips, guitar gear reviews, etc. I’m in the process of retooling it to align more around the central concept of “therapeutic power of music.”


Follow me on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tik Tok.

You can support me on Patreon to receive exclusive content and downloads.


2023 Musical Silver Slipper Production “Christopher Street” (World Premiere) Guitar
2023 Musical Morningside Theater Co “Legally Blonde Jr.” Guitar
2023 Musical Century College “Rent” Guitar
2023 Musical Lake Harriet Players “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” Zebulun Actor
2023 Musical Expressions Community Theater “Ten November” Guitar
2022 Album Aristotle’s Hope “Found in Darkness” Recording Artist, Songwriter, Producer, Mixer
2022 Musical Phoenix Theater “Rocky Horror Show” Guitar
2022 Musical Inver Grove Heights Community Theater “Rent” Ensemble Actor
2022 Musical Lake Harriet Players Cabaret Show “L’Amore”: Ensemble Actor
2020 Musical Lake Harriet Players “The Pirates of Penzance” Guitar
2019 Musical Lake Harriet Players “The Music Man” Jacey Squires/Barbershop Quartet Actor
2016-2021 Singles Aristotle’s Hope various singles Recording Artist, Songwriter, Producer, Mixer
2015 –  YouTube YouTube Channel YouTuber
2009 Feature Film  “America’s Next Felon” Composer
2009 Album Marc Gunn “Happy Songs of Death” Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Backing Vocals, various instruments
2007 Album Aristotle’s Hope “Darkness Reveals Beauty of Truth” Recording Artist, Songwriter, Producer, Mixer
2007 Album Marc Gunn “Irish Drinking Songs: The Cat Lover’s Companion” Producer, Mixer, Guitar
2005 Album Marc Gunn “Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers” Producer, Mixer, Backing Vocals, various instruments
2005  Feature Film “For Sale by Owner” (Th13teen in some markets) Composer
2001 Short Film “Hoover Girl” Composer
2000 Short Film Princess Peanut Composer