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  • Born

    11 April 1930 (age 89)

  • Born In

    Tokyo, Japan

Kazuo Fukushima (Japanese: 福島和夫, Fukushima Kazuo; born 11 April 1930 in Tokyo) is a composer.

Fukushima began as a self-taught composer. In 1953 he joined the experimental group Jikken Kobo, which was founded by Toru Takemitsu (武満徹) and Joji Yuasa.

In 1961 he took the summer courses in Darmstadt, lived in Cambridge in 1961/1962, after which he moved back to Japan. In 1964 he became a Professor at the Ueno-Gakuen Music School in Tokyo.

In his music he combines contemporary Western styles with the Japanese traditions of No theatre and Gagaku. His preferred instrument is the for which he makes use of shakuhachi techniques.

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