RIP – Toshi Ichiyanagi – A Pioneer Composer, Yoko Ono’s First Husband

  • A Pioneer Composer Ichiyanagi dies, 89 years old

    Avant-garde pianist and composer Toshi Ichiyanagi, who studied with John Cage and went on to lead Japan’s advances in experimental modern music, has died

    Toshi Ichiyanagi (wiki)

    One of the leading composers in Japan during the postwar era, Ichiyanagi worked in a range of genres, composing Western-style operas and orchestral and chamber works, as well as compositions using traditional Japanese instruments.[1] Ichiyanagi is known for incorporating avant-garde techniques into his works, such as chance music, extended technique, and nontraditional scoring.[1] Ichiyanagi was married to artist Yoko Ono from 1956 to 1962.

  • John Cage, T.Ichiyanagi
    and David Tudor, Great Budhha in Tokyo)

    See photo John Cage Shock vol 3 here.