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. Joined Yamashita Yosuke Trio from 1972 till 1979.
In 1980 he formed his trio and its three month tour in Japan
elicited a great public response. Its performance during this
period was released as a live album POCHI.
Besides the activity with his trio, he formed Wha-ha-ha,which
gained much attention as a collective group of musicians with
strong personality from different fields, and its debut album
Shinutokiwa betsu created quite a sensation in the music world
in Japan. In May he did two month tour in Europe with his
regular trio. And in November he appeared in Berlin Jazz Festival
1981 with newly formed Sakata Orchestra which he formed with
handpicked musicians. They were very successful in the Festival,
which Lounge Lizards, James Blood Ulmer, Defunkt, Material,
etc., also appeared. Its performance was recorded in the album
beginning of 1982, he formed Sakata-Sextet with an original
group structure which included two drummers and two base-guitarists.
Its stimulus sound filled with modern feeling can be heard
in the album Trauma. In 1985 he formed his quartet and at
the same time reformed his orchestra as Sakata Akira &
his Da-Da-Da Orchestra.