Takehisa Kosugi


Takehisa Kosugi (小杉 武久, Kosugi Takehisa, March 24, 1938 – October 12, 2018) was a Japanese composer, violinist and artist associated with the Fluxus movement.

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An avant-garde composer who was an accomplished violinist but who is known for his interest in found sounds, and in creating events as compositions themselves. He studied music at the Tokyo University of the Arts, graduating in 1962. While still a student he was one of the founders of Group Ongaku, an improvisational music ensemble. He later became identified with Fluxus, and composed for and performed with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, where he was music director from 1995 to 2012. A retrospective of his work was mounted at the Whitney in 2015.

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Takehisa Kosugi

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