Akira Sakata

Akira Sakata was born in Kure-city, Hiroshima in 1945. Studied marine biology at Hiroshima university. Formed a group Saibo-bunretsu (Cell fission) in Tokyo in 1969, and was also performing with various free-jazz musicians during this time. Since the late 1960s, Sakata has been a constant figure in jazz and creative music scenes as an ever evolving and adventurous, multi-instrumentalist, and member of classic groups such as Yamashita Yosuke Trio, from 1972 till 1979, and Wha-ha-ha plus many of his own, like the Sakata Akira mii. He has recorded with Chris Cosey, Peter Brotzmann in Last Exit, DJ Krush, Yoshimio, and others.

In 2005 he began peforming with guitarist Jim O'Rourke, drummer Chris Corsano and acoustic bassist Darin Gray. They've since released three albums together. Friendly Pants is the first American release by Sakata in more than 20 years. It pairs the 65-year-old traveler alongside bombast Chikamorachi (Corsano/Gray) and O'Rourke as the producer.

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    Akira Sakata's live LP back in stock

    September 8, 2014

    You thought it was out of print but Live at Hungry Brain -- the outrageous document of Akira Sakata and Chikamorachi at Chicago's Umbrella Festival -- is back. Well, actually, we just found a box of LPs hidden behind some of the life-size plush dolls of Sakata, Corsano and Gray that we keep in the basement. If you need a refresher of what these three do, see below: 

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    Sakata & Hijokaidan

    February 22, 2013

    Hijokaidan & Akira Sakata live at Akihabara GoodMan, Feb. 2, 2013. Sakata-san turned 68 on Feb. 21st and he breathes more fire and life than anyone we know. Photo by Yuko Under

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    Everything Happens For A Reason

    January 22, 2013

    Sakata, O'Rourke and everyone else, tomorrow Jan. 23, at SuperDeluxe in Tokyo. If there is video, we will post it. 

  • Sakata + Hijokaidan = noise jazz

    December 1, 2012

    Akira Sakata collaborated with Hijokaidan on two new albums out now on Doubt Music -- Made in Japan and Made in Studio. Volcanic Tongue gushed rightly so about the studio session: 

    "Incredible studio set that sees legendary Japanese free jazz saxophonist Akira Sakata united with ‘Kings Of Noise’ Hijokaidan: it makes instant sense, the Japanese psych/noise underground developed in direct parallel to its free jazz scene, with countless instances of flux and cross-pollination, especially via vanguard figures like Masayuki Takayanagi, Kaoru Abe, the late bassist Motoharu Yoshizawa, Sabu Toyozumi, Keiji Haino’s Lost Aaraff and, of course, saxophonist Akira Sakata. Sakata has been on a roll of late, historically he has been one of the key Japanese free thinkers, playing with most of the heavyweights to come out of that country’s avant garde scene while reaching out to internationalists like Peter Brotzmann. Hijokaidan’s free-form noise music obviously owes a great deal to the ecstasies of late-60s/70s fire music and this stunning studio dates lets you get your head all the way inside the horn...."