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Yoko Ono’s ex-husband, avant-garde pioneer composer Ichiyanagi, dies at 89

TOKYO, Oct 10 (Japan Today) –
Avant-garde pianist and composer Toshi Ichiyanagi, who studied with John Cage and went on to steer Japan’s advances in experimental fashionable music, has died. He was 89.

Ichiyanagi, who was married to Yoko Ono earlier than she married John Lennon, died Friday, in accordance with the Kanagawa Arts Foundation, the place Ichiyanagi had served as normal creative director. The explanation for dying was not given.

“We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to all those who loved him during his lifetime,” the inspiration’s chairman, Kazumi Tamamura, mentioned in an announcement Saturday.

Ichiyanagi studied at The Juilliard School in New York and emerged a pioneer, utilizing free-spirited compositional strategies that left a lot to likelihood, incorporating not solely conventional Japanese components and devices but in addition digital music.

He was identified for collaborations that defied the boundaries of genres, working with Jasper Johns and Merce Cunningham, in addition to revolutionary Japanese artists like architect Kisho Kurokawa and poet-playwright Shuji Terayama, in addition to with Ono, with whom he was married for a number of years beginning within the mid-Nineteen Fifties.
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