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Avant-Garde Composer Toshi Ichiyanagi’s Unexpected Death


We have been informed of heartbreaking news due to Toshi Ichiyanagi’s death, announced on October 9, 2022. Nothing yet has been shared, clarifying his cause of sudden death.

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Born in Kobe on February 4, 1933, the artist studied composition along with Tomojirō Ikenouchi, Kishio Hirao, and John Cage.

Avant-Garde composer Toshi resided in New York City, from 1954 to 1960, where he studied at the Juilliard School and the New School for Social Research.

The Japanese avant-garde composer and pianist gained fame as one of the leading composers in Japan during the postwar era.

Mr. Ichiyanagi worked in a range of genres, composing Western-style operas, orchestral and chamber works, and compositions using traditional Japanese instruments.

Ichiyanagi has been recognized for incorporating avant-garde techniques into his works, including chance musicextended technique, and nontraditional scoring.

In case you don’t know, the legendary composer was married to artist Yoko Ono from 1956 to 1962.

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Toshi Ichiyanagi’s Death at 89

Not mentioning the legend’s cause of death, it’s said that Toshi Ichiyanagi’s death occurred on October 7, 2022, at the age of 89. May he rest easy in grace and love.

For those who may wonder, from 1956 to 1962, Ichiyanagi was married to Yoko Ono.

While Ono remained in New York, Ichiyanagi’s decision to return to Japan, rendered the marriage untenable.

The avant-garde composer decided to remain single for the rest of his life.

Mr. Ichiyanagi collaborated with the anti-art collective Neo-Dada Organizers, returning to Japan in 1960.

Alongside fellow composers Takehisa Kosugi, Yuji Takahashi, Kenji Kobayashi, and so many others, Ichiyanagi co-founded an avant-garde music collective called New Direction in 1963.

When most of its members relocated to New York, the group disbanded in the late 1960s, while Ichiyanagi remained in Japan.

Ichiyanagi was the recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts John Cage Award (2018) and the 33rd Suntory Music Award (2001).

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