Toshinori Kondo

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Toshinori Kondo
In concert at Club W71 [de], Weikersheim, 2017
In concert at Club W71 [de], Weikersheim, 2017
Background information
Born(1948-12-15)December 15, 1948
Ehime Prefecture, Japan
DiedOctober 17, 2020(2020-10-17) (aged 71)
Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
GenresJazz, jazz fusion, avant-garde jazz
Occupation(s)Trumpeter, composer

Toshinori Kondo (近藤 等則, Kondō Toshinori, 15 December 1948 – 17 October 2020[1][2]) was a Japanese avant-garde jazz and jazz fusion trumpeter.


Kondo was born in Ehime Prefecture. He attended Kyoto university in 1967, and became close friends with percussionist Tsuchitori Toshiyuki. In 1972 the pair left university, and Toshiyuki went on to work with Peter Brook, while Kondo joined Yosuke Yamashita. In 1978 he moved to New York, and began performing with Bill Laswell, John Zorn, Fred Frith, and Eraldo Bernocchi. A year later he released his first recording, toured Europe with Eugene Chadbourne, and collaborated with European musicians such as Peter Brotzman. Returning to Japan, he worked with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Kazumi Watanabe, and Herbie Hancock. In the mid-1980s he began focusing on his own career, blending his avant-garde origins with electronic music. In the 1990s he was part of the collective called Die Like a Dog whose first album "fragments of music, life and death of ALBERT AYLER" was released in 1994.[3] In 2002, he worked on an international peace festival in Hiroshima after being approached by the Dalai Lama about organizing one. He was a former member of Praxis. Kondo cooperated with Bill Laswell to make the album Inamorata in 2007.

He founded the band Kondo IMA in 1984. Kondo IMA achieved commercial success but moved to Amsterdam to be alone and to start "Blow the Earth" in 1993.[3] They started "Blow the Earth in Japan" in the summer of 2007 and ended in the autumn of 2011. The film Blow the Earth in Japan is his first experience as a film director.

Personal life[edit]

On October 17, 2020, he died in Kawasaki City, aged 71.[1]


  1. ^ a b "訃報 Obituary Notice". 近藤等則OfficialWebSite. 2020-10-18. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
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  3. ^ a b "Toshinori Kondo, Trailblazing Modern Trumpeter, Dies At 71". NPR. 2020-10-17. Retrieved 2020-10-20.

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