Aki Takase (Pianist, Composer ) born in Japan.
She studied music at Tohogakuen Music University in Tokyo, she performed and recorded in the USA / Japan with Lester Bowie, David Liebman, Cecil Mcbee , Bob Moses, Joe Henderson, John Zorn and others.
1981 at the Jazz Festival in the philharmony of Berlin with Takeo Moriyama and Nobuyoshi Ino. She performed repeatedly at the Berlin Jazz Festival in Germany. Since 1987she lives in Berlin.
Intensive works with Alexander von Schlippenbach „Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra“, in Trio with Rashied Ali and Reggie Workman, in Stringquintet with Tristan Honsinger (a.o), W.C Handy Project with Fred Frith(a.o), in duets with David Murray, Maria Joao, N. H.Ö. Pedersen .
„Plays Fats Waller“, „Projects with Eugene Chadbourne, Rudi Mahall, Nils Wogram and Paul Lovens.
„Berliner Zeitung“Award (the best Artists of 1999 in the Berlin Newspaper).
1997-2000 guest professor at Hanns Eisler music university in Berlin.
„The „SWR Jazz“ Award 2002.
„The German Record Critics „ Award (1988- 2009) she is awarded 8 times until now .
1990 "Play Ballads of Duke Ellington" Duo w/ Gunther Klatt (Tutu 888116)
1991 "Shima Shoka" Piano solo (Enja 6062)
1994 "Blue Monk" Duo w/ David Murray(Enja 7039)
1998 "Duet for Eric Dolphy" Duo w/ Rudi Mahall (enja 9109-2)
2002 " St. Louis Blues" w/ "W.C.Handy Projekt" (Enja 9130-2)
2004 "Aki Takase Plays Fats Waller" (Jahrespreis 2004 der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik)(Enja 9152-2)
2008 " Something sweet, something tender" Piano solo (Enja 9188-2)
2009 " Yokohama“ with Louis Sclavis (Intakt 165)
The latest Projects:
"New Blues Project": w/ Eugene Chadbourne, Rudi Mahall, Nils Wogram, Han Bennink
" LA PLANETE" w/ Louis Sclavis, Vincent Courtois, Dominique Pifarely
" Aki and the Good Boys" w/ Rudi Mahall, Tobias Delius, Johannes Fink, Heinrich Köbberling
" LOK.03 " w/ Alex v. Schlippenbach and DJ ILLVibe
" KANON" w/ Axel Dörner, Kazuhisa Uchihashi
"In Duo " with Rudi Mahall, Louis Sclavis, Alex von Schlippenbach, Han Bennink, Ayumi Anna Paul
"Klang und Texte " ("Reading and Music" performance) w/ Yoko Tawada
Dance Projects :"CADENZA" Duo Performance w / Yui Kawaguchi