Kazuhisa Uchihashi (composer, guitar and daxophone player)
Born in Osaka, Japan in 1959, Uchihashi plays a huge variety of music, having a distinctive musical voice in rock, jazz and improvised music. He composes widely for film, theatre and dance, including 30 years of work with the Japanese theatre group Ishinha. Recently he composed 4 theatre pieces of Tosiki Okada at the Münchner Kammerspiele. He has worked worldwide with musicians including Hans Reichel, Fred Frith, Ned Rothenberg, Wayne Horvitz, Roger Turner, Sainkho Namtchylak,Shelley Hirsch and Christian Marclay and others. He invited to hundreds of music festivals all over the world from early 90’s. He organised the legendary Japanese power trio Altered States, active for over 30 years, which also worked inside Otomo Yshihide's Ground Zero in the 1990s. In recent years, he has focused on pan-asian identity in music. Since 2010 he's traveled to Indonesia, Thailand and China to create special collaborative projects with local musicians. Mahanyawa is one of the best collaboration unit with SENYAWA from Indonesia. His special instrument, the daxophone, is a creation of the late guitarist/inventor, Hans Reichel, who was a creative partner of Uchihashi. He is currently based in Berlin.