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Taku Sugimoto

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Taku Sugimoto (杉本拓) is a Japanese guitarist.

He initially gained attention in the late 1990s for his restrained, melodic playing, unusual in the world of . Critic Bruce Russell describes this era of Sugimoto’s music by writing: “Sugimoto is perhaps the pre-eminent stylist on the guitar … He brings a golden glow to every session he partakes in, having abandoned amped up noise in favour of a much more introspective and calligraphic style of play.”

Around 2002 his music became increasingly abstract, all but eliminating melody and featuring extended periods of silence.

He has collaborated with other Japanese musicians involved in the movement, such as Sachiko M, Toshimaru Nakamura (中村としまる) and Otomo Yoshihide (大友良英). He has also collaborated with musicians from European free improvisation scenes, notably trombonist Radu Malfatti and guitarist Keith Rowe.

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