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 “Christopher Street” (Premiere) Silver Slipper Production Guitar
2023 Musical “Legally Blonde Jr.” Morningside Theater Co Guitar
2023 Musical “Rent” Century College Guitar
2023 Musical “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat” Zebulun: Lake Harriet Players  Actor
2023 Musical “Ten November”: Expressions Community Theater  Guitar
2022 Album Aristotle’s Hope “Found in Darkness” Recording Artist, Songwriter, Producer, Mixer
2022 Musical “Rocky Horror Show”: Orthogonal Productions Guitar
2022 Musical “Rent” Ensemble: Inver Grove Heights Community Theater  Actor
2022 Musical “L’Amore”: Ensemble: Lake Harriet Players Cabaret Show  Actor
2020 Musical “The Pirates of Penzance” Lake Harriet Players  Guitar
2019 Musical “The Music Man” Jacey Squires/Barbershop Quartet: Lake Harriet Players  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
2002 Musical Manzi: The Adventures of Young Cesar Chavez Guitar
2001 Short Film “Hoover Girl” Composer
2000 Short Film Princess Peanut Composer