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Taku Sugimoto


Also known as Sugimoto, Sugimoto Taku, 杉本拓

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