Takehisa Kosugi

MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., room 522
Thursday, April 18 at 4:30 p.m.

Takehisa Kosugi (b. 1938, Tokyo, Japan) is a composer for mixed-media music, and an early member of Fluxus. In 1960, he co-founded Group-Ongaku ("music group"), with Yasunao Tone, Mieko Shiomi and others, the first collective improvisation group in Tokyo. And by the early 60s, Fluxus was performing his event pieces in Europe and the U.S. Kosugi stayed in New York from 1965–67, creating new works and collaborating with Nam June Paik and other Fluxus members. In 1969 he co-founded the Taj Mahal Travellers, an itinerant septet for mixed-media improvisation that toured England, Europe and the Near East in 1971–72 and visited the Taj Mahal in India before returning to Tokyo. He joined the Merce Cunningham Dance Company in 1977 as a composer and performer, toured with John Cage and David Tudor, was appointed its music director in 1995, and worked with the company until 2011.

Kosugi has received grants from The JDR 3rd Fund in 1966 and 1977, a DAAD fellowship grant to reside in Berlin in 1981, and the John Cage Award for Music from Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts in 1994. He has performed in countless international festivals, and his installations have been presented in exhibitions throughout the world.