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]


As leader or co-leader[edit]

With the Die Like a Dog Quartet (Kondo, Peter Brötzmann, William Parker, and Hamid Drake)

With Hairy Bones (Kondo, Peter Brötzmann, Massimo Pupillo, and Paal Nilssen-Love)

  • Hairy Bones (Okka, 2009)
  • At Fresnes (self-released, 2010)
  • Snakelust (To Kenji Nakagami) (Clean Feed, 2012)

As sideman[edit]

With Maki Asakawa

  • Hi Tomoshi Goro (Express, 1976)
  • Cat Nap (Express, 1982)
  • Scandal 1982 (Pignose, 2011)

With Borbetomagus

With Peter Brötzmann

  • Alarm (FMP, 1983)
  • Berlin Djungle (FMP, 1987)
  • The März Combo Live in Wuppertal (FMP, 1993)
  • Stone/Water (Okka, 2000)
  • Long Story Short (Trost, 2013)
  • Concert for Fukushima, Wels 2011 (Trost, 2013)
  • Tonic 2000 Vol. 1 (OMX, 2020)
  • Tonic 2000 Vol. 2 (OMX, 2020)
  • Berlin 1999 (OMX, 2020)

With DJ Krush

With Globe Unity Orchestra

  • Intergalactic Blow (Japo, 1983)
  • 20th Anniversary (FMP, 1993)

With Tristan Honsinger

  • Picnic (Data, 1985)
  • From the Broken World (Eastworld, 1992)

With Bill Laswell

  • Points of Order (Innerhythmic, 2001)
  • The Only Way to Go Is Down (Sublight, 2006) with Method of Defiance
  • Inamorata (Ohm, 2007) with Method of Defiance
  • Tokyo Rotation K2: Japan Rise (self-released, 2020)
  • Tokyo Rotation 4 - Day 3 (self-released, 2021)
  • Tokyo Rotation 1 - Day 2 Set 1 (self-released, 2021)
  • Tokyo Rotation 1 - Day 2 Set 2 (self-released, 2021)
  • Tokyo Rotation 3 - Day 3 Set 1 (self-released, 2021)
  • Tokyo Rotation 3 - Day 3 Set 2 (self-released, 2021)
  • Montreux Jazz Festival (self-released, 2022)
  • Sapporo (self-released, 2022)

With others


  1. ^ a b "訃報 Obituary Notice". 近藤等則OfficialWebSite. 2020-10-18. Archived from the original on 2020-10-18. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  2. ^ "近藤等則さん死去 | 共同通信". Archived from the original on 2020-10-18. Retrieved 2020-10-18.
  3. ^ a b "Toshinori Kondo, Trailblazing Modern Trumpeter, Dies At 71". NPR. 2020-10-17. Retrieved 2020-10-20.

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