Tetuzi Akiyama

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Tetuzi Akiyama
Tetuzi Akiyama at Gotoku-ji in 2003
Tetuzi Akiyama at Gotoku-ji in 2003
Background information
GenresFree jazz, free improvisation, onkyokei, rock and roll
Instrument(s)guitar, violin, turn table

Tetuzi Akiyama (Akiyama Tetsuji) (born 1964) is a Japanese guitarist, violinist, and instrument-maker.

Akiyama formed the improvisation group Madhar in 1987, and the classical ensemble Hikyo String Quintet in 1994 (which also included Taku Sugimoto on cello). In 1995, Akiyama and Sugimoto formed a guitar duo, and played at venues in New York City, Chicago, and Detroit. During this time, Akiyama was also a member of Keiji Haino's Nijiumu outfit. Akiyama also formed Sutekina Tea Time (a duo with Takashi Matsuoka) and Mongoose (a trio with Taku Sugimoto and Utah Kawasaki).

In 1998 Akiyama began organising a monthly concert series,[1] The Improvisation Meeting, with Toshimaru Nakamura. In December 2006 he began a regular duo with Hervé Boghossian (France), they toured in Europe (France, Portugal, Switzerland, England) several times in 2007 (in May, October and December) and also played in Tokyo during Hervé Boghossian Japanese tour in August/September 2008. In 2009 he worked with David Sylvian.



  • Relator (Slub Music, 2001)
  • Resophonie (A Bruit Secret, 2002)
  • Enha 4 (with Yoko Naito) (Enha, 2003)
  • Don't Forget to Boogie (Idea, 2003)
  • Playback 08 (Commune-Disc, 2004)
  • Playback 09 (Commune-Disc, 2004)
  • Route 13 the Gates of Hell: Live in Tokyo (Headz, 2005)
  • Pre-Existence (Locust, 2005)
  • Terrifying Street Trees (Esquilo, Portugal, 2006)
  • Striking Another Match (Utech, 2006)
  • The Ancient Balance to Control Death (Western Vinyl, 2008)




  • Akiyama/Taxt/Lønning/Reinertsen: Varianter av døde trær" (SOFA, 2008)
  • Nero's Expedition (with Johan Arrias, Leo Svensson and Henrik Olsson) (mono, 2009)
  • Novaya Zemlya (with Philip Dadson, John Bell and Andrew McMillan) (iiii, 2011)


  • Koboku Senjû: Selektiv hogst (SOFA, 2010)




  1. ^ "Wire magazine Issue 263, January 2006".

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