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Toshinori Kondo (December 15, 1948 in Ehime Prefecture) is an avant-garde jazz and jazz fusion trumpeter. He resides in Tokyo, New York City, and Amsterdam.

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 amongst others. A year later he released his first recording, and 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 focussing on his own career, blending his avant-garde origins with electronic music, and has collaborated with numerous musicians around the world since then. In 2002 he worked on an international peace festival in Hiroshima after being approached by the Dalai Lama about organizing one. He is 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. 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.

He started the site “Toshinori Kondo Recordings” ( http://tkrecordings.com ), which is the membership site for selling his music downloaded on September 11, 2014.


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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 What Are You Talking About? Tristan Honsinger, Toshinori Kondo, Peter Kowald 1
1984 大変 Taihen Toshinori Kondo & IMA 1
1985 Metal Position Toshinori Kondo & IMA 1
1992 Brain War Toshinori Kondo & IMA 1
1993 Red City Smoke Toshinori Kondo & IMA 1
1993 Touchstone Toshinori Kondo 1
1996 記憶 Ki-Oku Toshinori Kondo × DJ Krush 3
1999 Aida's Call Derek Bailey, Kaoru Abe, Motoharu Yoshizawa & Toshinori Kondo 1
1999 Charged Toshinori Kondo, Eraldo Bernocchi, Bill Laswell 4
2001 Nerve Tripper Toshinori Kondo 1
2002 Life Space Death Toshinori Kondo and Bill Laswell feat. His Holiness the Dalai Lama 1
2005 Fukyo Toshinori Kondo 1
2007 Silent Melodies Toshinori Kondo 1
2007 The Warriors Toshinori Kondo, Eugene Chadbourne, Andreacentazzo 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Charged Live Eraldo Bernocchi, Toshinori Kondo, Bill Laswell, Hamid Drake, DJ Disk & Aiyb Dieng 5 1
2006 The NY Tapes Tom Cora, Eugene Chadbourne, Andrea Centazzo, John Zorn, Toshinori Kondo & Polly Bradfield 1
2009 Hairy Bones Brötzmann / Kondo / Pupillo / Nilssen-Love 1

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