Improvised Music from Japan / Masahiko Okura


Alto saxophone, bass clarinet, etc.

Born in Tokyo in 1966. Okura began his performing career when he joined Dub Sonic Warrior in 1994. From the beginning he explored free improvisation with a variety of players. In '97 he formed (and became the leader of) the band gnu, which released 5 albums by 2010. Okura was a member of Otomo Yoshihide's ONJO from 2005 to 2009. Since 2006, along with Taku Sugimoto and Taku Unami, he has organized the Chamber Music Concert series as a forum for introducing compositional works. In 2010 he launched the black metal band Totas Causas de Malignitat with Taku Unami, Ko Ishikawa, Masahiro Uemura, Yui, and Junko.

Last updated: August 13, 2010