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Stomu Yamashta


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Stomu Yamashta (born Yamashita Tsutomu, Japanese: 山下勉, 15 March 1947, Kyoto, Japan)
Since the late 60’s he has developed an international reputation as a composer and performer (percussion, keyboards) of serious music, jazz rock fusion, rock, electronica as well as multi-media projects for the theatre, a ballet score (“Shukumei” ) and cinematic soundtracks. He studied jazz. He has toured and played with the Chicago Chamber Orchestra and the rock group Come to The Edge. YAMASH’TA has recorded not only jazz rock fusion and rock but music by the serious modern composers Maxwell-Davis and Henze.

He came to Europe in the early 70’s working briefly in France on theatrical multi-media projects (e.g. the precursor for “Red Buddah Theatre” and “The Man From The East”) before moving across the Channel to England. Through the 70’s YAMASH’TA recorded the majority of his 70’s albums in the UK but alas very few of the Island Records recordings have been issued on CD. He has composed the soundtracks of the David Bowie film “The Man Who Fell to Earth” (which borrowed significantly from earlier recordings), Ken Russell’s “The Devils”, and race car documentary “One By One”.

STOMU YAMASH’TA is probably best known nowadays as the leader of the supergroup GO with STEVIE WINWOOD, AL DIMEOLA, KLAUS SCHULZ and MICHAEL SHRIEVE for three albums and related performances. However, prior to forming GO, YAMASH’TA played not a small part in nurturing musicians who were subsequently better known for playing in important 70’s UK jazz rock groups, e.g. BRAND X and ISOTOPE – this is worth expanding since this aspect of his work (relevant to Progarchives) is often neglected on the web.


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  • snap2244


    19 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Vasumitra79

    love this man

    31 Oct 2011 Reply

    ♥ ))

    19 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Rajhoul

    ツトム・ヤマシタ - O.S.T. / 永遠なる武道 - ART OF KILLING

    30 Jun 2010 Reply
  • johnmordecai

    Ah, unfortunately there isn't a complete soundtrack. When Bowie/Nick Roeg assembled the soundtrack they took several songs from four albums. Poker dice, 33.3, memory of hiroshima etc. Do a search on wikipedia, it'll give you the start to hunt down the songs you want.

    16 Apr 2009 Reply
  • rampson

    Does anyone know where to get the soundtrack from "The Man who fell to Earth"? Been looking for a long time, no success! Fascinating and beautiful music..

    17 Feb 2009 Reply
  • vitamin_x

    some beautiful music. If you are familiar with the film 'The Man Who Fell To Earth' the soundtrack is this guy.

    27 Dec 2008 Reply
  • astro1_rohit

    needs to be heard

    8 Dec 2007 Reply
  • SonOfTheWookie

    His correct name is Stomu Yamash'ta... but ah well.

    3 May 2006 Reply

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