CD CS 027, Lisbon 2005
Akiyama is a highly unique and experimental guitarist heavily applying
free improvisation and noise. Besides guitar, he also plays electronics,
viola, and self-made instruments.
Akiyama became an enthusiastic hard rock fan when he was eleven years
old, and started playing electric guitar at the age of thirteen. Later,
he also came to be very interested in free improvisation and classical
music. He formed the improvised music band Madhar in 1987. He also started
playing classical viola, and formed the Hikyo String Quintet in 1994.
The band, which played avant-garde improvised classical music, consisted
of a viola, two cello, and two violin players, and included Taku Sugimoto
on cello. Sugimoto soon left the band, which thus became a quartet. Later
that year, Akiyama and Sugimoto launched their guitar duo, Akiyama-Sugimoto.
They played gigs in New York in 1995, and in the Midwest (including Chicago
and Detroit) in '96. For about a year starting in early 1994, Akiyama
was also a member of Nijiumu, one of guitarist Keiji Haino's bands.
Recently Akiyama has two improvised music projects: Sutekina Tea Time,
a duo with Takashi Matsuoka (guitar, vocal); and Mongoose, a trio with
Sugimoto and Utah Kawasaki (analog synthesizer). Since 1998, together
with Sugimoto and Toshimaru Nakamura (no-imput mixing board), he has been
organizing an inspiring monthly concert series, The Improvisation Meeting
at Bar Aoyama (renamed The Experimental Meeting in '99, and Meeting at
Off Site in 2000).