Toshi Ichiyanagi, Michael Ranta, Takehisa Kosugi – Improvisation Sep. 1975
Born on February 4, 1933 in Kobe (Japan), Toshi Ichiyanagi studied composition with Kishio Hirao and John Cage, piano with Chieko Hara, Bernhard Weiser and Beveridge Webster. He graduated from Julliard School of Music. When he returned to Japan in 1961, he brought back new musical concepts, including Cage's indeterminacy, into Japanese contemporary music.
As one of the leading composers in Japan, Ichiyanagi has composed operas, orchestral, chamber and instrumental works. While composing large-scale pieces, he also became known for his compositions using Japanese traditional instruments such as sho and gagaku ensemble, performed throughout the world by his Tokyo International Music.
Toshi Ichiyanagi was the first husband of Yoko Ono. They were married from 1956 to 1962.
American percussionist (born 1942 in Duluth, Minnesota) based in Germany. From 1973-1979 he was prolific with concerts, recordings, sessions and other works. Since 1979 he settled down as the resident composer, percussionist, and instrument handler, at Asian Sound in Cologne.
Released some albums on his own private label Asian Sound Records
Born March 24, 1938; died October 12, 2018. Takehisa Kosugi created mixed-media sound performances and installations, making use of daily materials and electronic technology, realizing the multiplicity of sounds in space.