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Sunday, June 16, 2024

Akira Sakata - Sunday Interview

Photo by Peter Gannushkin

  1. What is your greatest joy in improvised music?

    The mental and physical satisfaction brought by the feeling of all the participating musicians synchronized with what I am aiming for.

  2. What quality do you most admire in the musicians you perform with?

    The performers’ character, and the vibes…

  3. Which historical musician/composer do you admire the most?

    Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Tōru Takemitsu, Stravinsky

  4. If you could resurrect a musician to perform with, who would it be?

    I never think about performing with someone who has passed away.

  5. What would you still like to achieve musically in your life?

    I just want to control my instruments as I feel.

  6. Are you interested in popular music and - if yes - what music/artist do you particularly like?

    Not much interest in it.

  7. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?


  8. Which of your albums are you most proud of?


  9. Once an album of yours is released, do you still listen to it? And how often?

    I almost never listen.

  10. Which album (from any musician) have you listened to the most in your life?

    “Miles Davis / Four & More”, “Basie in London”, and others.

  11. What are you listening to at the moment?


  12. What artists outside music inspires you?

    Every life form, the earth, the universe, Dali, Picasso, Bosch, The Tale of the Heike (historical epic), Chōjū-giga (12th and 13th century scrolls of animal caricatures), Kawanabe Kyōsai (painter), Hyakki yagyō-zu (early Japanese folklore scrolls), Japanese temple and shrine architecture, Marcel Duchamp, Paul Delvaux, Boris Vian, Yasutaka Tsutsui (science fiction author, and actor), Nobuyoshi Araki (photographer), Shinro Otake (installation artist, painter, writer), Fujio Akatsuka (manga artist), Yasuji Tanioka (humor manga artist), Hisaichi Ishii (manga artist), Toshitaka Hidaka (ethologist), Fumiko Hori (painter), René Magritte, Goya, Ay-O (avant-garde artist connected to the Fluxus movement), Tomy Ungerer, and others.

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