Taku Sugimoto

Taku Sugimoto

Real Name:
杉本拓
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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 The Velvet Underground 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 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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Taku Sugimoto Discography Tracks

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Taku Sugimoto Mienai Tenshi Not On Label US 1988 Sell This Version
SMCD 01 Taku Sugimoto Slub: Unaccompanied Violoncello Solo(CD, Album) Slub Music SMCD 01 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
SMCD 03 Sugimoto Taku* Myshkin Musicu (For Electric Guitar)(CD, Album) Slub Music SMCD 03 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
meme003CD Kevin Drumm & Taku Sugimoto Kevin Drumm & Taku Sugimoto - Duo(CD, Album) Meme meme003CD Japan 1998 Sell This Version
hatNOIR 802 Taku Sugimoto Opposite(CD, Album, Ltd) hatNOIR hatNOIR 802 Switzerland 1998 Sell This Version
BOXCD001 Kevin DrummTaku Sugimoto Kevin DrummTaku Sugimoto - Folie Á Deux(CD, Album, Ltd, Num) BOXmedia BOXCD001 US 1998 Sell This Version
AMO-VA-04 Masahiko Okura - Günter Müller - Taku Sugimoto - Otomo Yoshihide Masahiko Okura - Günter Müller - Taku Sugimoto - Otomo Yoshihide - Metal Tastes Like Orange. Secret Recording 1(CD, Album) Amoebic AMO-VA-04 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
CD 1140 Müller*, Sugimoto* Müller*, Sugimoto* - I Am Happy If You Are Happy(CD, Album) For 4 Ears CD 1140 Switzerland 2000 Sell This Version
SMCD 05 Annette Krebs / Taku Sugimoto Annette Krebs / Taku Sugimoto - A Duo In Berlin(CD, Album) Slub Music SMCD 05 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
SON-13 Taku Sugimoto - Kevin Drumm Taku Sugimoto - Kevin Drumm - Den(CD, Album) Sonoris SON-13 France 2000 Sell This Version
erstwhile 005 Rowe* / Müller* / Sugimoto* Rowe* / Müller* / Sugimoto* - The World Turned Upside Down(CD, Album) Erstwhile Records erstwhile 005 US 2000 Sell This Version
a bruit secret 01 Taku Sugimoto Italia(CD) A Bruit Secret a bruit secret 01 France 2001 Sell This Version
Hermes036 Tetuzi Akiyama / Taku Sugimoto / Bo Wiget Tetuzi Akiyama / Taku Sugimoto / Bo Wiget - Periodic Drift(CD, Album) Corpus Hermeticum Hermes036 New Zealand 2001 Sell This Version
SMCD 07 Burkhard Stangl and Taku Sugimoto Burkhard Stangl and Taku Sugimoto - An Old Fashioned Duet(CD, Album) Slub Music SMCD 07 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
mg 002 Taku Sugimoto / Burkhard Stangl / Christof Kurzmann Taku Sugimoto / Burkhard Stangl / Christof Kurzmann - In Tokyo (First Concert - Second Take)(CD) Musica Genera mg 002 Poland 2002 Sell This Version
SBR0028 Brett Larner, Taku Sugimoto Brett Larner, Taku Sugimoto - Deluxe Nakamura(CD, Album) Sparkling Beatnik Records SBR0028 US 2002 Sell This Version
DDCO-1003 Otomo Yoshihide / Taku Sugimoto / Sachiko M Otomo Yoshihide / Taku Sugimoto / Sachiko M - Les Hautes Solitudes--A Philippe Garrel Film: Imaginary Soundtrack(CD, Album) Out One Disc DDCO-1003 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
ALORS1CD Otomo*Rowe*Sugimoto* Otomo*Rowe*Sugimoto* - Ajar(CD, Album) Alcohol ALORS1CD UK 2002 Sell This Version
hibari-01 Taku Sugimoto, Masafumi Ezaki, Taku Unami Taku Sugimoto, Masafumi Ezaki, Taku Unami - Trio At Offsite(CD, Album) Hibari Music hibari-01 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
RS005 Taku Sugimoto & Annette Krebs Taku Sugimoto & Annette Krebs - Eine Gitarre Ist Eine Gitarre Ist Keine Gitarre Ist Eine Gitarre...(CD, Album) Rossbin RS005 Italy 2002 Sell This Version
ABS103 Brett Larner / Taku Sugimoto / Burkhard Stangl Brett Larner / Taku Sugimoto / Burkhard Stangl - Compositions For Guitars(CD, Album) A Bruit Secret ABS103 France 2003 Sell This Version
hibari-06 Nikos Veliotis, Taku Sugimoto, Kazushige Kinoshita, Taku Unami Nikos Veliotis, Taku Sugimoto, Kazushige Kinoshita, Taku Unami - Quartet(CD, Album) Hibari Music hibari-06 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
w.m.o/r09 Taku Sugimoto / Yasuo Totsuka / Mattin Taku Sugimoto / Yasuo Totsuka / Mattin - Training Thoughts(CD) W.M.O./r w.m.o/r09 Spain 2004 Sell This Version
IMJ-524/5 Taku Sugimoto Live In Australia(2xCD) Improvised Music From Japan IMJ-524/5 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
cut 012 Taku Sugimoto Music For Cymbal(CD, Album) Cut cut 012 Switzerland 2005 Sell This Version