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Aki Takase Yoko Tawada Bibliography

Pianist, Composer, Osaka Japan 1948.


She studied music at Tohogakuen Music University in Tokyo, she performed and recorded in the USA / Japan with Lester Bowie, David Liebman, Cecil Mcbee , Bob Moses, Joe Henderson, John Zorn , Takeo Moriyama and Nobuyoshi Ino. She performed repeatedly at the Berlin Jazz Festival in Germany where she since 1987 is living.


Intensive works with Alexander von Schlippenbach ‘Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra‘, in Trio with Rashied Ali and Reggie Workman, in Stringquintet with Tristan Honsinger (a.o), W.C Handy Project with Fred Frith (a.o), in duets with David Murray, Maria Joao, N. H.Ö. Pedersen and others. She has been working ‘Plays Fats Waller‘, ‘New Blues‘ Projects with Eugene Chadbourne, Rudi Mahall, Nils Wogram and Paul Lovens. in duets with Han Bennink, Rudi Mahall, Louis Sclavis, and Alexander von Schlippenbach. ‘Reading and Music‘ with Yoko Tawada, Dance Project ‘Die Stadt im Klavier‘ (Chaconne) with Yui Kawaguchi. Berliner Zeitung Award (the best Artists of 1999). 1997-2000 guest professor at Hanns Eisler music university in Berlin. ‘SWR Jazz‘ Award 2002, ‘German Record Critics‘ Award (1988- 2009) and is awarded 8 times until now.


Aki Takase(高瀬 アキ) (born January 26, 1948) is a Japanese jazz pianist and composer.


Takase was born in Osaka and started to play piano at age 3. Raised in Tokyo, Takase studied classical piano at Toho Gakuen School of Music.[1] Starting in 1978, she performed and recorded in the US.[1] Her collaborators included with Lester Bowie, Sheila Jordan, David Liebman, and John Zorn. Her first Euopean appearance was in 1981 at the Berlin Jazz Festival in Germany. She instantly became one of the most sought after musicians, who was touring constantly the main international jazzfestivals.

For many years, she has been working with her husband[2]Alexander von Schlippenbach, as well as with Eugene Chadbourne, Han Bennink, Evan Parker, Paul Lovens, Fred Frith and others, and in duets with Maria João, David Murray and Rudi Mahall.

In various projects, Takase has dealt with famous jazz musicians: Duke Ellington (1990), Thelonious Monk (1994), Eric Dolphy (1998), W.C. Handy (2002), Fats Waller (2004), and Ornette Coleman (2006).

In 2002, Takase recorded with writer Yoko Tawada. Takase had read some of Tawada's poems, and, as the writer reported, she "started composing melodies and settings for my texts. When we got together, I read my poems in the same way that I always read them out loud. Aki played, listened carefully to the poems, and started improvising."[3] In later performances, Takase used more unconventional instruments when accompanying Tawada.[3]

Since 1987, Takase has lived in Berlin.[4]


An asterisk (*) after the year indicates that it is the year of release.

As leader/co-leader[edit]

Year recordedTitleLabelPersonnel/Notes
1978AkiKingTrio, with Nobuyoshi Ino (electric bass, cello), Takuji Kusumoto (drums, percussion)
1981*Minerva's OwlQuartet, with Dave Liebman (tenor sax, soprano sax), Nobuyoshi Ino (bass), Motohiko Hino (drums)
1981EspritOne track solo piano; most tracks duo, with Yoshio Ikeda (bass)
1981Song for HopeEnjaTrio, with Nobuyoshi Ino (bass), Takeo Moriyama (drums); in concert
1982ABCEast WindWith Cecil McBee (bass), Bob Moses (drums), Sheila Jordan (vocals)
1982PerdidoEnjaSolo piano and koto; in concert
1985Teni MuhoDuo, with Nobuyoshi Ino (bass, percussion)
1987Looking for LoveEnjaDuo, with Maria João (vocals); in concert
1990Shima ShokaEnjaSolo piano
1990Gunther Klatt & Aki Takase Play Ballads of Duke EllingtonTutuDuo, with Gunther Klatt (tenor sax)
1991Blue MonkEnjaDuo, with David Murray (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet)
1992Close Up of JapanEnjaWith Nobuyoshi Ino (bass), Toki String Quartet
1993Clapping MusicEnjaTrio, with Reggie Workman (bass), Sunny Murray (drums)
1993–94Piano Duets: Live in Berlin 93/94FMPDuo, with Alexander von Schlippenbach (piano); in concert
1994Oriental ExpressEnjaSeptet, with Hiroaki Katayama (baritone sax, tenor sax), Eiithi Hayashi (alto sax, soprano sax), Issei Igarashi (trumpet), Hiroshi Itaya (trombone), Nobuyoshi Ino (bass), Shota Koyama (drums)
1997Duet for Eric DolphyEnjaDuo, with Rudi Mahall (bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet)
1997TarantellaPsiQuintet, with Aleks Kolkowski (violin), Maurice Horsthuis (viola), Tristan Honsinger (cello), Nobuyoshi Ino (bass); released 2006
1997ValenciaDuo, with David Murray (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet); in concert
2001Le Cahier du BalLeoSolo piano
2001St Louis BluesEnjaWith Nils Wogram (trombone), Fred Frith (guitar), Rudi Mahall (bass clarinet), Paul Lovens (percussion)
2001Nine FragmentsLeoAs DEMPA; trio, with Aleksander Kolkowski (violin, turntables, electronics), Tony Buck (drums, electronics)
2002*DiagonalDuo, with Yoko Tawada (vocals)
2002News from BerlinVictoDuo, with Konrad Bauer (trombone)
2003The DessertLeoDuo, with Rudi Mahall (bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet)
2003Plays Fats WallerEnjaWith Thomas Heberer (trumpet), Nils Wogram (trombone), Rudi Mahall (bass clarinet), Eugene Chadbourne (guitar, banjo, vocals), Paul Lovens (percussion)
2004Plays Fats Waller in BerlinjazzwerkstattWith Thomas Heberer (trumpet), Rudi Mahall (bass clarinet), Eugene Chadbourne (guitar, banjo, vocals), Paul Lovens (percussion); in concert
2004ProcreationEnjaQuintet, with Walter Gauchel (tenor sax, flute), Rudi Mahall (bass clarinet), Johannes Fink (bass), Heinrich Köbberling (drums)
2004Lok 03LeoWith Alexander von Schlippenbach (piano), DJ Illvibe (samples, turntables)
2004Spring in BangkokIntaktDuo, with Lauren Newton (vocals)
2006Ornette Coleman AnthologyIntaktDuo, with Silke Eberhard (alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet)
2007*TenimuhouDuo, with Nobuyoshi Ino (bass, percussion)
2007Something Sweet, Something TenderEnjaSolo piano
2007Beauty Is the ThingDoubtmusicAs Kanon; trio, with Axel Dörner (trumpet), Kazuhisa Ushihashi (guitar)
2008Live at Willisau Jazz FestivaljazzwerkstattQuintet, with Tobias Delius (tenor sax, clarinet), Rudi Mahall (bass clarinet), Johannes Fink (bass), Heinrich Köbberling (drums); in concert
2008Iron WeddingIntaktDuo, with Alexander von Schlippenbach (piano)
2008EvergreenIntaktWith Rudi Mahall (bass clarinet)
2008A Week Went ByPsiSome tracks solo piano; one track duo, with John Tchicai (alto sax); some tracks trio, with John Edwards (double bass) and Tony Levin (drums); in concert
2009YokohamaIntaktWith Louis Sclavis (clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone)
2009Rolled UpjazzwerkstattAs Tama; trio, with Jan Roder (bass), Oliver Steidle (drums)
2011Two for TwoIntaktDuo, with Han Bennink (drums)
2011New BluesEnjaMost tracks quintet, with Rudi Mahall (bass clarinet), Nils Wogram (trombone), Eugene Chadbourne (guitar, banjo, vocals), Paul Lovens (drums); one track with Alexander von Schlippenbach (trumpet) added
2012My EllingtonIntaktSolo piano
2012Flying SoulIntaktQuartet, with Louis Sclavis (clarinet, bass clarinet), Dominique Pifarély (violin), Vincent Courtois (cello)
2014So Long, Eric!IntaktWith Tobias Delius (tenor sax), Henrik Walsdorff (alto sax), Alex Dörner (trumpet), Nils Wogram (trombone), Rudi Mahall (bass clarinet, clarinet), Alexander von Schlippenbach (piano), Karl Berger (vibraphone), Wilbert de Joode and Antonio Borghini (bass), Han Bennink and Heinrich Köbberling (drums); in concert
2014Hotel ZauberbergIntaktDuo, with Ayumi Paul (violin)
2017Cherry SakuraIntaktDuo, with David Murray


Year recordedLeaderTitleLabel
1989Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra,Berlin Contemporary Jazz OrchestraBerlin Contemporary Jazz OrchestraECM
1993Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra,Berlin Contemporary Jazz OrchestraThe Morlocks and Other PiecesFMP
1996Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra,Berlin Contemporary Jazz OrchestraLive in Japan '96DIW
1990João, MariaMaria JoãoAliceEnja
2007*Various,VariousFree Zone Appleby 2006Psi
2007*Various,VariousIch hebe meine Augen in die Welt
2007Johansson, Sven-ÅkeSven-Åke JohanssonFür Paul Kleejazzwerkstatt

Main sources:[5][6][7]


  • The German Record Critics' Award 2001, 2004, 2006. In total she received the awards eight times.
  • Jazz Award of the German public broadcasting company SWR 2002[8]


External links[edit]

  1. ^ abAnkeny, Jason "Artist Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
  2. ^Aki Takase discography at Discogs
  3. ^ abBrandt, Bettina (January/February, 2006) "An Interview with Yoko Tawada". World Literature Today (80:1) pp. 43-45.
  4. ^Buhre, Franziska (2010-09-14). ""Nur da, wo ich bin, da ist alles"". Die Tageszeitung. Berlin. Retrieved 2017-06-08. 
  5. ^Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. Penguin. pp. 1372–1373. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0. 
  6. ^"Intakt Records – Artists: Aki Takase, Piano, Composition". Intakt Records. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  7. ^"Aki Takase". discogs.com. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  8. ^SWR - Südwestrundfunk

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