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Taku Sugimoto

杉本拓

Also known as Sugimoto, Sugimoto Taku, 杉本拓

Profile of the performer Taku Sugimoto: Guitar and cello player



Born in Tokyo, December 20, 1965.



Taku Sugimoto started playing guitar when he was a high school student. At first he played rock and blues, and then he also became interested in free jazz, European free improvised music, and avant-garde classical music.



In 1985, Sugimoto co-founded the improvisational psychedelic rock band Piero Manzoni, whose main influences were Velvet Underground, The and MC5. The group, including Masaki Bato on bass and Sugimoto on guitar, disbanded in '88. For the next few years, Sugimoto was involved in solo performance and session work. It was during this period that he released his first solo LP, Mienai Tenshi ('88), which had a big, heavy sound.



In '91, Sugimoto started playing cello, and for the next two years abandoned the guitar in order to focus completely on this instrument. He formed Henkyo Gakudan (which was active in '91-'92) with alto sax player Hiroshi Itsui and guitarist Michio Kurihara. The group's music sounded like somewhat high-volume improvised chamber music. Sugimoto was also briefly a member, in '93, of the psychedelic rock band Ghost, and in '94, of Tetuzi Akiyama's avant-garde classical music band Hikyo String Quintet. After releasing his cello solo CD Slub in '94, Sugimoto gave up the cello.



Sugimoto and Tetuzi Akiyama launched their guitar duo Akiyama-Sugimoto in '94. Since that time, Sugimoto has gradually shifted from a loud, heavy sound to the extremely quiet sound, full of silences, which he has established through solo and other projects as his own unique style. He has played frequently with Akiyama, Toshimaru Nakamura (guitar, mixing board), Yuta Kawasaki (analog synthesizer), Otomo Yoshihide (turntables, guitar, electronics) and others. Since 1998, together with Akiyama and Nakamura, he has been organizing an inspiring monthly concert, The Improvisation Meeting at Bar Aoyama (renamed The Experimental Meeting at Bar Aoyama in '99, and Meeting at Off Site in 2000), which he continued to organize until his retirement from the series in February 2001.



Currently Sugimoto's interest focuses on composition and its performance, rather than improvisation. With Taku Unami and Masahiko Okura, Sugimoto organizes the almost-monthly Chamber Music Concert at Loop-Line and the irregular Taku Sugimoto Composition Series at Kid Ailack Art Hall, both in Tokyo. He runs the label [l=Slub Music], which in addition to Sugimoto's own recordings releases CDs by Taku Unami, Kazushige Kinoshita, Radu Malfatti, Antoine Beuger, and others

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1 Taku Sugimoto - The World Turned Upside Down The World Turned Upside Down 2 mp3 Download release MP3 The World Turned Upside Down 2000 Erstwhile Records
2 Taku Sugimoto - Periodic Drift Periodic Drift 10 mp3 Download release MP3 Periodic Drift 2001 Corpus Hermeticum
3 Taku Sugimoto - Opposite Opposite 20 mp3 Download release MP3 Opposite 1998 hatNOIR
4 Taku Sugimoto - In Tokyo (First Concert - Second Take) In Tokyo (First Concert - Second Take) 2 mp3 Download release MP3 In Tokyo (First Concert - Second Take) 2002 Musica Genera
5 Taku Sugimoto - Eine Gitarre Ist Eine Gitarre Ist Keine Gitarre Ist Eine Gitarre... Eine Gitarre Ist Eine Gitarre Ist Keine Gitarre Ist Eine Gitarre... 3 mp3 Download release MP3 Eine Gitarre Ist Eine Gitarre Ist Keine Gitarre Ist Eine Gitarre... 2002 Rossbin
6 Taku Sugimoto - An Old Fashioned Duet An Old Fashioned Duet 4 mp3 Download release MP3 An Old Fashioned Duet 2002 Slub Music
7 Taku Sugimoto - Training Thoughts Training Thoughts 3 mp3 Download release MP3 Training Thoughts 2004 W.M.O./r
8 Taku Sugimoto - Den Den 5 mp3 Download release MP3 Den 2000 Sonoris
9 Taku Sugimoto - Trio At Offsite Trio At Offsite 3 mp3 Download release MP3 Trio At Offsite 2002 Hibari Music
10 Taku Sugimoto - Italia Italia 3 mp3 Download release MP3 Italia 2001 A Bruit Secret
11 Taku Sugimoto - Principia Sugimatica Principia Sugimatica 7 mp3 Download release MP3 Principia Sugimatica 2005 A Bruit Secret
12 Taku Sugimoto - Live In Australia Live In Australia 2 mp3 Download release MP3 Live In Australia 2005-06-00 Improvised Music From Japan
13 Taku Sugimoto - Fragments Of Paradise Fragments Of Paradise 14 mp3 Download release MP3 Fragments Of Paradise 1997 Creativeman Disc.
14 Taku Sugimoto - Ajar Ajar 2 mp3 Download release MP3 Ajar 2002 Alcohol
15 Taku Sugimoto - Compositions For Guitars Compositions For Guitars 5 mp3 Download release MP3 Compositions For Guitars 2003 A Bruit Secret
16 Taku Sugimoto - Chamber Music Chamber Music 3 mp3 Download release MP3 Chamber Music 2003 Bottrop-Boy
17 Taku Sugimoto - Mienai Tenshi Mienai Tenshi 2 mp3 Download release MP3 Mienai Tenshi 2008 Weird Forest Records
18 Taku Sugimoto - Metal Tastes Like Orange. Secret Recording 1 Metal Tastes Like Orange. Secret Recording 1 7 mp3 Download release MP3 Metal Tastes Like Orange. Secret Recording 1 1999-10-00 Amoebic
19 Taku Sugimoto - Folie Á Deux Folie Á Deux 8 mp3 Download release MP3 Folie Á Deux 1998 BOXmedia
20 Taku Sugimoto - Santa Santa 3 mp3 Download release MP3 Santa 2008-11-03 Presqu'île Records
21 Taku Sugimoto - Chamber Music Concerts Vol. 1 Chamber Music Concerts Vol. 1 21 mp3 Download release MP3 Chamber Music Concerts Vol. 1 2008-04-00
22 Taku Sugimoto - Mienai Tenshi Mienai Tenshi 2 mp3 Download release MP3 Mienai Tenshi 1988 Not On Label
23 Taku Sugimoto - Tori Tori 4 mp3 Download release MP3 Tori 2001-05-00 Off Site
24 Taku Sugimoto - Doremilogy Doremilogy 3 mp3 Download release MP3 Doremilogy 2007-09-00 Skiti
25 Taku Sugimoto - Live In Kansai Live In Kansai 3 mp3 Download release MP3 Live In Kansai 2006-11-00 Slub Music
26 Taku Sugimoto - さりとて [Saritote] さりとて [Saritote] 7 mp3 Download release MP3 さりとて [Saritote] 2007 Saritote Disk
27 Taku Sugimoto - Wedding Ceremony Wedding Ceremony 5 mp3 Download release MP3 Wedding Ceremony 2009-05-00 Cathnor Recordings
28 Taku Sugimoto - さりとて2 (Saritote II) さりとて2 (Saritote II) 9 mp3 Download release MP3 さりとて2 (Saritote II) 2010 Saritote Disk
29 Taku Sugimoto - 2 Seconds / B Minor / Wave 2 Seconds / B Minor / Wave 3 mp3 Download release MP3 2 Seconds / B Minor / Wave 2010 Erstwhile Records
30 Taku Sugimoto - Deluxe Nakamura Deluxe Nakamura 3 mp3 Download release MP3 Deluxe Nakamura 2002 Sparkling Beatnik Records
31 Taku Sugimoto - Musical Composition Series 1 Musical Composition Series 1 5 mp3 Download release MP3 Musical Composition Series 1 2010-10-00 Kid Ailack Enterprise
32 Taku Sugimoto - Musical Composition Series 2 Musical Composition Series 2 17 mp3 Download release MP3 Musical Composition Series 2 2010-10-00 Kid Ailack Enterprise
33 Taku Sugimoto - Tengu Et Kitsune II Tengu Et Kitsune II 2 mp3 Download release MP3 Tengu Et Kitsune II 2009 Slub Music
34 Taku Sugimoto - Les Hautes Solitudes--A Philippe Garrel Film: Imaginary Soundtrack Les Hautes Solitudes--A Philippe Garrel Film: Imaginary Soundtrack 3 mp3 Download release MP3 Les Hautes Solitudes--A Philippe Garrel Film: Imaginary Soundtrack 2002 Out One Disc
35 Taku Sugimoto - Untitled 1-4 Untitled 1-4 4 mp3 Download release MP3 Untitled 1-4 2011-08-26 Rectangle
36 Taku Sugimoto - D Minor / Bb Major D Minor / Bb Major 3 mp3 Download release MP3 D Minor / Bb Major 2012-09-00 Slub Music
37 Taku Sugimoto - Three Speakers Three Speakers 2 mp3 Download release MP3 Three Speakers 2008-06-00 Slubmusic Tengu
38 Taku Sugimoto - Live In Saritote Live In Saritote 22 mp3 Download release MP3 Live In Saritote 2013-07-14 Ftarri
39 Taku Sugimoto - Shiisanputou Shiisanputou 3 mp3 Download release MP3 Shiisanputou 2008-06-00 Slubmusic Tengu
40 Taku Sugimoto - 26 (2009): Electronic Version 26 (2009): Electronic Version 3 mp3 Download release MP3 26 (2009): Electronic Version 2009-08-00 Slubmusic Tengu
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