Togashi was acclaimed as a jazz drummer from his teens, when he played in Sadao Watanabe's group. He was a pivotal figure alongside Masahiko Sato, Masayuki Takayanagi and Yosuke Yamashita in the development of free jazz in Japan in the late 1960's.
In 1969 Togashi lost the use of his legs in an accident, but he developed a new drumkit and returned to playing eighteen months later.
Togashi has collaborated with many overseas jazzmen, including Don Chery, Steve Lacy, Charlie Haden, Mal Waldron and Paul Bley. His best known record in Japan is probably 1975's "Spiritual Nature".
As his physical condition worsened Togashi retired from active playing in 2002, devoting himself to composition and painting.
Masahiko Togashi Discography
- 124 Instruments & Performance
- 42 Writing & Arrangement
- 2 Conducting & Leading
- 9 Production
- 22 Visual
- 3 Acting, Literary & Spoken