One of Japan's most famous and celebrated composers, Toru Takemitsu (1930–1996) broke new ground by exploring principles of western classical music and his native Japanese tradition. Largely self-taught, he experienced a stroke of luck in the 1950s when Igor Stravinsky heard his work by accident, greatly admired it, and helped bring him international attention. Influenced by French music, particularly that of Debussy and Messiaen, some of Takemitsu's most well-known compositions encompass jazz and film music.
This special tribute concert, curated by his daughter Maki Takemitsu, features special guest instrumentalists Kazumi Watanabe and Daisuke Suzuki on guitar, Yasuhiro "Coba" Kobayashi on accordion, and Tomohiro Yahiro on percussion.
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