September 21, 2010

Teiji Itō

In brief

Teiji Ito was born 1935 in Tokyo and  came to the United States at the age of six. He was
interested in the music of other cultures at an early age, especially the percussion
music of Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. He studied with the master drummer Coyote in
Haiti where he had gone with Maya Deren in 1955. In 1960 he and Maya Deren
married. As a composer and musician he provided the musical score for her films
Meshes of the Afternoon and The Very Eye of Night. His keen awareness of jazz,
blues and flamenco infused his later music with a spontaneous, improvisational quality,
and his knowledge of Buddhism, Voudoun and Native American beliefs adds a mystical
element to his work. He is a visionary composer. He died in 1982 in Haiti.



Meshes of the Afternoon  the film of  Maya Deren
(1943) with Alexander Hammid, music by Teiji Itō added 1952


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