Taku Unami

Posted on April 3, 2009



Taku Unami: guitar/laptop/composition was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1976. He is a composer and improviser working with assorted stringed instruments, including the guitar, bandolin, and contraguitar, laptop and vibrating objects (from which he amplifies the inaudible vibrations). Despite being linked to minimal improvisation his music is hardly classifiable, being able to surprise listeners on every new release, raising unforeseen questions and trailing new paths for improvisation. He is part of the group HOSE and has active collaborations with Mattin, Taku Sugimoto and Masahiko Okura. In the past he has worked with Radu Malfatti, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Klaus Filip, Masafumi Ezaki, Burkhard Stangl, Rhodri Davies e Nikos Veliotis, among others. Unami has also composed for film, including destacam Lost My Way (directed by Takeshi Furusawa) and In 10000 years (directed by Isao Okishima). He has released more than 30 records, solo and in other groups and collaborations. He runs the influential label Hibari Music and co-organizes the Tokyo concert series Chamber Music Concerts with Taku Sugimoto and Masahiko Okura.

Discography:

Taku Unami & Takahiro Kawaguchi: Teatro Assente  (Erstwhile, 2011)

Taku Unami & Stefan Thut: Am Wind/ d±50  (Wind Measure, 2011)

Taku Unami & Angharad Davies: Two Hands (Wind Measure, 2011)

Manfred Weder: Stück 1998 Seiten 624-626 (Skiti, 2010)

Billy Bao: Urban Disease (Pan, 2010)

Off-Cells: 60/40 (L’innomable, 2010)

Taku Sugimoto: Musical Composition Series 2.    Kid Ailack Enterprise, 2010)

Taku Sugimoto: Musical Composition Series 1. ( Kid Ailack Enterprise, , 2010.

Tenniscoats: Baibaba Bimba (Hibari, 2010)

Taku Unami & Annette Krebs: Motubachii (Erstwhile, 2010)

Taku Unami: Maligniant 2 (Free Software Series, 2009)

Billy Bao: Urban Disease (PAN, 2010)

Mattin & Taku Unami: s/t (Rumsti Pumsti, 2010)

Taku Unami & Taku Sugimoto: Tengu & Kitsune 2 (Slub,2009)

Taku Unami, Robin Hayward, Nikos Veliotis: Valved Strings Calculator (Hibari, 2009)

Taku Unami & Noid: – ¬ + : * (Manual, 2009)

Kaeru Moku: Wakusei (Compare Notes, 2009)

Various Artists:  Klingt.org: 10 Jahre Bessere Farben (Mikroton, 2009)

Taku Unami & Radu Malfatti: Kushikushism (Slub, 2009)

Taku Unami & Radu Malfatti: Goat Vs Donkey (Traumaturgia, 2009)

mmm: mmm (Kiti, 2009)

Various Artists: Relay: Archive 2007-2008 (Manual, 2009)

Hose: Hose II (Headz, 2008)

Taku Unami & Keith Rowe: Erstlive (Erstwhile, 2008)

Mattin: Songbook Vol. 4 (Azul Discografica, 2008)

Taku Unami: Maligitant (Skiti, 2008)

Otomo Yoshihide New Jazz Orchestra: Live Vol. 1: Series Circuit  (Doubt Music, 2007)

Otomo Yoshihide New Jazz Orchestra: Live Vol. 2: Parallel Circuit (Doubt Music, 2007)

Michel Henritzi: Keith Rowe Serves Imperialism (w.m.o/r, 2008)

Taku Unami, Taku Sugimoto, Masafumi Ezaki: Chamber Music Concerts Vol. 1 (Hibari/ Loads Factor, 2008)

Taku Unami, Ryu hankil, Jin Sangtae, mattin: 5 Modules III (Manual, 2007)

Hose: Hose (Heads, 2007)

Kaeru Moku: Shukan (Compare Notes, 2007)

Taku Unami: Ichimannen Go . . .: Soundtrack (Hibari, 2007)

Taku Unami & Mattin: Attention (w.m.o/r/ Hibari, 2007)

Taku Unami, Mattin, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Bertrand Denzler: – -/:. (Fargone, 2006)

Taku Unami & Taku Sugimoto: Tengu & Kitsune  (Slub, 2006)

Taku Unami & Burkhard Stangl: I Was (Hibari, 2006)

Radu Malfatti / Taku Unami: Tokyo Sextet [2005]: Electronic Version (Slub, 2006)

Taku Unami: Kitsune- Hitori (Slub, 2005)

Otomo Yoshihide’s New Jazz Orchestra: Otomo Yoshihide’s New Jazz Orchestra (Doubt Music, 2005)

Otomo Yoshihide’s New Jazz Orchestra: Out To Lunch (Doubt Music, 2005)

Taku Unami, Bertrand Denzler, Jean-Luc Guionnet, Kazushige Kinoshita: Vasistas (Creative Sources, 2004)

Taku Unami: Intransigent towards the detectives of capital (w.mo/r, 2004)

Taku Unami & Mattin: Shiryo No Computer (w.mo/r/ Hibari, 2004)

Taku Unami, Nikos Veliotis, Taku Sugimoto, Kazushige Kinoshita: Quartet (Hibari, 2004)

Taku Unami, Otomo Yoshihide, Tetuzi Akiyama,Toshimaru Nakamura: Compositions For Guitar Vol. 2 (A Bruit Secret, 2004)

Taku Unami, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Ruth Barberán, Ferran Fages, Masahiko Okura, Masafumi Ezaki: Atami (Hibari/, 2003)

Taku Sugimoto: Chamber Music (Bottrop.Boy, 2003)

Taku Unami: Poltergeist (Kissy, 2003)

Various Artists: From:/ To: (Hibari/ A Bruit Secret/Vert Pituite/Fragment/ Pricila, 2003)

Taku Unami & Mark Wastell: Small Sounds In A Quiet Room (Hibari, 2003)

Taku Unami, Kazushige Kinoshita, Yoshimitsu Ichiraki: Cymbal Violin Lapsteel, (Hibari, 2002)

Taku Unami, Taku Sugimoto, Masafumi Ezaki: Live At Offsite (Hibari, 2002)

Michi: Norma (Hibari, 2002)

Taku Unami & Tomoya Izumi: War Between Zombie And Dracula (Hibari, 2001)

Taku Unami: Music For White Noise (Hibari, 2001)

Taku Unami: Electronics Solo (Hibari, 2001)

Taku Unami: Guitar Solo (Hibari, 2001)

Hose: Concerts (Hibari, 1999)

http://unami.hibarimusic.com

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