Toshi Tsuchitori

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Toshi Tsuchitori

Toshi Tsuchitori, born in 1950 in the Japanese prefecture of Kagawa, began playing the traditional Japanese drums at an early age. Since the Seventies, he has performed internationally with specialists of free form improvisation such as Milford Graves, Steve Lacy, Derek Baily and others. In 1976, he worked with Peter Brook’s theatre group for the first time and has since written the music for the productions of “Ubu“, “The Conference of the Birds“, “Los“, “The Mahabharata“, “The Tempest“ and “The Tragedy of Hamlet“. He has studied traditional music styles of around the globe and presents the results of his research into the earliest manifestations of Japanese music with which he deals since ten years at his performances. A series of prehistoric Japanese sounds under the titles “Dotaku“, “Sanukaito“ and „Jomonko“ were published under his name as well as two books: His autobiography, “Spiral Arms”, and a study on prehistoric Japanese music entitled ”The Sounds of Jomon“.