Trumpet player Toshinori Kondo dies 71 years old October 19, 2:25

Toshinori Kondo, a trumpet player known for his free improvisation and playing an active role in Japan and overseas, died on the night of the 17th.

I was 71 years old.

Originally from Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture, Mr. Kondo has been active in the jazz group as a trumpet player since he was a university student, and has continued to perform in the United States since 1978.

After that, he formed his own band in Japan and was highly evaluated for his performances incorporating a wide range of musical elements such as rock and jazz, and has performed with famous domestic and foreign artists such as Herbie Hancock and Tomoyasu Hotei. ..

From 1993, he started a project called "Blowing the Earth" to improvise in nature all over the world, and performances in the Negev Desert in Israel and Machu Picchu in Peru were also broadcast as NHK programs. I did.

In addition, a music festival on the theme of world peace was held at Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima Prefecture, and the year after the Great East Japan Earthquake, a song was made at Todaiji Temple in Nara Prefecture to commemorate the victims of the earthquake. I played it myself.

According to his family, Mr. Kondo was scheduled to perform at a live event in Osaka on the night of the 18th, but he died on the night of the 17th.

I was 71 years old.