Akira Sakata was born in Kure-city, Hiroshima in 1945.
Studied marine biology at Hiroshima university. Formed a
group Saibo-bunretsu (Cell fission) in Tokyo in 1969, and was
also performing with various free-jazz musicians during this
time. Since the late 1960s, Sakata has been a constant figure
in jazz and creative music scenes as an ever evolving and
adventurous, multi-instrumentalist, and member of classic
groups such as Yamashita Yosuke Trio, from 1972 till 1979,
and Wha-ha-ha plus many of his own, like the Sakata Akira
mii. He has recorded with Chris Cosey, Peter Brotzmann in
Last Exit, DJ Krush, Yoshimio, and others.
In 2005 he began peforming with guitarist Jim O'Rourke,
drummer Chris Corsano and acoustic bassist Darin Gray.
They've since released five albums together