- Kazunori Sugiyama
(b Osaka, Japan, Jan 31, 1947). Japanese pianist and composer. He studied piano from the age of eight and played jazz as a teenager, but in 1965 he enrolled at Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music to study composition and European art music; after receiving his first degree in 1969 he pursued graduate studies in composition at the same institution (MA 1971). In 1971 he enrolled at the Paris Conservoire to study under Olivier Messiaen, and in 1976 he received a premier prix in composition. He made his début as a free-jazz pianist in Paris in 1973, and the following year he joined the trio TOK, with Kent Carter and Oliver Johnson; with TOK he toured in Japan (1978, 1979, 1982) and in Europe (1986). Kako was also a member of Noah Howard’s quartet (1974–6), Masahiko Togashi’s quartet (for a tour of Japan, ...