Taku Sugimoto

杉本拓

Also known as Sugimoto, Sugimoto Taku, 杉本拓
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.japanimprov.com/tsugimoto/index.html

Discography of Taku Sugimoto:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 The World Turned Upside Down 2 Audio 2000 Erstwhile Records
2 Periodic Drift 10 Audio 2001 Corpus Hermeticum
3 Opposite 20 Audio 1998 hatNOIR
4 In Tokyo (First Concert - Second Take) 2 Audio 2002 Musica Genera
5 Eine Gitarre Ist Eine Gitarre Ist Keine Gitarre Ist Eine Gitarre... 3 Audio 2002 Rossbin
6 An Old Fashioned Duet 4 Audio 2002 Slub Music
7 Training Thoughts 3 Audio 2004 W.M.O./r
8 Den 5 Audio 2000 Sonoris
9 Trio At Offsite 3 Audio 2002 Hibari Music
10 Italia 3 Audio 2001 A Bruit Secret
11 Principia Sugimatica 7 Audio 2005 A Bruit Secret
12 Live In Australia 2 Audio 2005-06-00 Improvised Music From Japan
13 Fragments Of Paradise 14 Audio 1997 Creativeman Disc.
14 Ajar 2 Audio 2002 Alcohol
15 Compositions For Guitars 5 Audio 2003 A Bruit Secret
16 Chamber Music 3 Audio 2003 Bottrop-Boy
17 Mienai Tenshi 2 Audio 2008 Weird Forest Records
18 Metal Tastes Like Orange. Secret Recording 1 7 Audio 1999-10-00 Amoebic
19 Folie Á Deux 8 Audio 1998 BOXmedia
20 Santa 3 Audio 2008-11-03 Presqu'île Records
21 Chamber Music Concerts Vol. 1 21 Audio 2008-04-00
22 Mienai Tenshi 2 Audio 1988 Not On Label
23 Tori 4 Audio 2001-05-00 Off Site
24 Doremilogy 3 Audio 2007-09-00 Skiti
25 Live In Kansai 3 Audio 2006-11-00 Slub Music
26 さりとて [Saritote] 7 Audio 2007 Saritote Disk
27 Wedding Ceremony 5 Audio 2009-05-00 Cathnor Recordings
28 さりとて2 (Saritote II) 9 Audio 2010 Saritote Disk
29 2 Seconds / B Minor / Wave 3 Audio 2010 Erstwhile Records
30 Deluxe Nakamura 3 Audio 2002 Sparkling Beatnik Records
31 Musical Composition Series 1 5 Audio 2010-10-00 Kid Ailack Enterprise
32 Musical Composition Series 2 17 Audio 2010-10-00 Kid Ailack Enterprise
33 Tengu Et Kitsune II 2 Audio 2009 Slub Music
34 Les Hautes Solitudes--A Philippe Garrel Film: Imaginary Soundtrack 3 Audio 2002 Out One Disc
35 Untitled 1-4 4 Audio 2011-08-26 Rectangle
36 D Minor / Bb Major 3 Audio 2012-09-00 Slub Music
37 Three Speakers 2 Audio 2008-06-00 Slubmusic Tengu
38 Live In Saritote 22 Audio 2013-07-14 Ftarri
39 Shiisanputou 3 Audio 2008-06-00 Slubmusic Tengu
40 26 (2009): Electronic Version 3 Audio 2009-08-00 Slubmusic Tengu
41 13 & 14 For Guitars 3 Audio 2009-12-00 Slubmusic Tengu
42 Tori 4 Audio 2001-05-00 Off Site
43 Quartet / Octet 2 Audio 2014-01-00 Slubmusic Tengu
44 10, 11, 12 3 Audio 2010 The Experimental Music Yearbook
45 10, 11, 12 3 Audio 2010 The Experimental Music Yearbook


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 [a=Velvet Underground, The] and [a=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 [a=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 [a=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, [a=Toshimaru Nakamura] (guitar, mixing board), Yuta Kawasaki (analog synthesizer), [a=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 [a=Taku Unami], [a=Kazushige Kinoshita], [a=Radu Malfatti], [a=Antoine Beuger], and others


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