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Toshinori Kondo (近藤 等則, Kondō Toshinori, Ehime Prefecture, December 15, 1948) is an avant-garde jazz and jazz fusion trumpeter. Kondo attended Kyoto university in 1967, and became close friends with percussionist Tsuchitori Toshiyuki. In 1972 the pair left university, and Toshiyuki went on to work with Peter Brook, while Kondo joined Yosuke Yamashita. In 1978 he moved to New York, and began performing with Bill Laswell, John Zorn, Fred Frith, and Eraldo Bernocchi. A year later he released his first recording, toured Europe with Eugene Chadbourne, and collaborated with European musicians such as Peter Brotzman. Returning to Japan, he worked with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Kazumi Watanabe, and Herbie Hancock. In the mid-1980s he began focusing on his own career, blending his avant-garde origins with electronic music. In 2002, he worked on an international peace festival in Hiroshima after being approached by the Dalai Lama about organizing one. He is a former member of Praxis. Kondo cooperated with Bill Laswell to make the album Inamorata in 2007. He founded the band Kondo IMA in 1984. Kondo IMA achieved commercial success but moved to Amsterdam to be alone and to start "Blow the Earth" in 1993. They started "Blow the Earth in Japan" in the summer of 2007 and ended in the autumn of 2011. The film Blow the Earth in Japan is his first experience as a film director.

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Genres jazz electronic free improvisation free jazz experimental
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Albums

  1. Environment for Sextet
    1979
  2. What Are You Talking About?
    1983
  3. 大変 Taihen
    1984
  4. Metal Position
    1985
  5. Brain War
    1992
  6. Touchstone
    1993
  7. Red City Smoke
    1993
  8. Environment For Sextet
    1995
  9. 7.0
    記憶 Ki-Oku
    1996
  10. Fear No Fall
    1998
  11. Charged
    1999
  12. Aida's Call
    1999
  13. Jazz Bunker
    2000
  14. Imitation of Life / Double Indemnity
    2001
  15. Nerve Tripper
    2001
  16. Life Space Death
    2002
  17. Fukyo
    2005
  18. The Warriors
    2007
  19. Silent Melodies
    2007

Other releases

  1. Charged Live
    2002
  2. The NY Tapes
    2006
  3. Hairy Bones
    2009