Although he is now based in Germany, Nobukazu Takemura was born in 1968
a turbulent time of social change.
He grew up in Osaka where he first started making his own music while he
was still in his teens,
using only a tape recorder and synthesizer,
Having cut his teeth with several bands and music groups in Osaka and
Kyoto, the originality of his music soon fascinated many music fans.
Ever since being introduced to US by Thrill Jockey Records in 1998, his
music sensibilities have continued to spread overseas.
He has frequently performed in European Art Festivals and joined many
Live Tours in the U.S., such as /TORTOISE /and others/./
He was sponsored by the British Art Council, and went on a 2004 UK Live
Tour with his own group,
together with a collaboration of his friends from Chicago as guest
Since then, Takemura had also produced an experimental unit gassemblerh,
which created a variety of improvisations/ /for the guitar and other
instruments using Graphic Score, which is an abstract visual
representation of sound.
Takemura played commissioned pieces of work from the chamber group /Bang
On A Can/ in NY for the first time,
Then in 2007, he showed his unique mix of original short films
accompanied by his Chamber music score
to the Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt in Berlin.
His body of work has been broadened further by designing sounds for TV
programs, Films, TV ads, in addition to working with Issey Miyakefs
fashion show and composing emotional sounds for the SONY /AIBO/ robot.
He has also become a well-known producer as well as being a noteworthy
musician. For example, he has remixed the works of such diverse
musicians as Yo la Tengo and Steve Reich, or performed collaborations
with Jensen Barbieri, dj Spooky,Zu and Yoshihide Otomo........
Not only does he have his original sound, but he also creates original
animations, paintings, installations, and films. His artworks were
introduced in a gallery with a group of artists and he has since held a
solo exhibition in 2006.
Included in his portfolio are experimental works, nursery rhymes, as
well as pieces for acoustic and string quartets and popular music for
serious commercial projects.
Takemurafs music is distinctive in a way that does not stick to any one
style, but frequently adapts by changing instruments and genres ranging
from Rock , Hiphop and Noize to contemporary music.
The unifying theme of his music, however, is inspired by a gchildfs
viewh of the world.
This does not mean that his music is simply derived by something
childishly pretty, but somehow it reminds us of fundamental human nature
and re-awakens our senses to something that we may have forgotten.
As a Japanese man who was born during the chaos of revolution and
information of late 60s, he considers himself to have the eyes of an
explorer and a critic.
Takemura is always interested in society and culture; the forms of
media; its connection with music, art and political power; or its
relationship with entertainment and performing art.
Takemura recently left his long term home of Kyoto and is now based in