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Itabashi, Fumio

Itabashi, Fumio, piano, percussion, b. Ashikaga, Tochigi, Japan, 8 March 1949.

A veteran of groups led by Terumasa Hino, Sadao Watanabe, and Kosuke Mine, Itabashi has also toured the world with the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine.  He leads a band with an ever-evolving line-up called Mix Dynamite, and is responsible for compositions such as "Gospel '89" and "Futarase."  In addition to writing for films, he teaches piano and hopes to assemble a pan-Asian music ensemble, inspired by his experiences in Thailand.

Recordings:
Mix Dynamite Trio on Stage Live at Body & Soul (1994). The Mix Dynamite Yu (1996)

By E. Taylor Atkins

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