Wednesday 4 March 2015, 8pm
Finnish saxophonist Jone Takamäki plays a debut show at Cafe OTO – in a duo with improvising guitarist Lauri Hyvarinen – following on from the quickly sold out re-issue of his acclaimed 1982 spiritual improv record, Universal Mind, on Arc Light Editions last year.
Jone Takamäki is a reed player who has been active in the Finnish avant garde and improvised music scene since the late 70s. In 1981 he received the first ever Pekka Pöyry Award and in the same year released his self titled debut (one year before Universal Mind) with Antti Hytti and Samppa Salmi. Between 1983 and 1989 Takamäki was involved in the Edward Vesala’s Sound and Fury workshops, and was also part of the group Roommushklahn with Raoul Björkenheim (guitars),Antti Hytti(bass),Tom Nekljudow(drums and percussion)and Jarmo Savolainen (keyboards). In 1991 he joined the ECM signed Finnish jazz/rock/improv collective Krakatau, founded and run by Raoul Björkenheim. In 1997 he co-founded the group Otná Eahket with Antti Hytti and Tom Nekljudow, and in the early 2000s co-founded large ensemble Suhkan.
He is a specialist in Japanese shakuhachi and hocchiku flute playing, solo and duo performances, including performances as KAN with Japanese butoh dancer Aki Suzuki and Finnish drummer Otzir Godot. Takamäki also acts, teaches and has done sound design for a number of films and theatre productions. – Arc Light Editions