Born in Kure-city, Hiroshima in 1945. Studied marine biology at Hiroshima university. Formed a group Saibo-bunretsu (Cell fission) in Tokyo in 1969, Sakata’s long lasting music quest has begun.
He made many sessions such as Jimmy Lions, Peter Brotzmann, Peter Kowald, Manfred Schoof. Han Bennik, Bill Laswell, Pete Cosy, Hamid Drake, John Zone, Ronald “Shanon”Jackson, Sonny Sharrock, Toshinori Kondo,DJ Krush,Jim O’Rourke, Chris Corsano, Keiji Haino, Yoshihide Otomo ,Charles Hayward, Roger Turner, Andrea Centazzo, Matz Gustafsson, Joe McPhee, Ken Vandermark, Terry Ex, DJ Sniff and more…
In 1972, he has Joined Yamashita Yosuke Trio. The trio performed at many jazz festivals including Maers New Jazz Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival and Newport Jazz Festival.etc.
In 1980 he formed “Wha ha ha” and his own trio “Sakata Trio”. The following year, “Sakata Trio” toured throughout Europe. In November 1981, Sakata performed in Berlin Jazz Festival with newly formed “Sakata Orchestra”, which was extremely well received.
In the beginning of 1982, he formed another group “Sakata-Sextet”, since then, he embarks on his experimental adventure, repeated assemble and disassemble of groups in several formats. To name , “Sakata Akira & his Da-Da-Da Orchestra”, “MITOCHONDRIA” and “HARPACTICOIDA”.
In 1996, he carried out a tour to Central Asia with “Flying Mijinko Band”, a collaborative project with Bill Laswell.That band including American, African, Japanese and Indonesian toured around china, Uzbekistan ,Mongoria and inner Mongoria. W.CD “Flying Mijinko Band central Asian tour(JF-CD0001-2)* not for sale http://www.jpf.go.jp/
In 2004, started own production label “Daphnia”, released self-produced album “Dodeshou?” (means “how is it?”) and started to work with Jim O’Rourke in various projects.
In 2007, acceded to a visiting professor of Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences.
He released new CD “Friendly Pants” by “Chikamorachi” by Akira Sakata, Darin Gray, Chris Corsano.
In 2008, Japan tour with Jim O’Rourke, Darin Gray and Chris Corsano.
In 2009, performed with “Chikamorachi” in Parspctives 2009 in Vasteras Sweden.
Also performed at Umbrella music feastival in Chicago with “Chikamorachi”and made a spｅcial session with Jaff Parker, Nathan McBride and John Herndon.
In 2010, CD “Chotto” English title is “I’m Here” ( Daphnia ).
In 2011, He made a Tokyo,Moskow,Europe,Tokyo tour with Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi.
Performed in “Music Unlimited 25, Wels” Austria curated by Peter Brotzmann.
W.LP “In A Bubble lve at hide out, Chicago” ( Press Pop 2011) and LP “Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi live at Hungry Brain by Sakata,Gray.Corsarno” (Family vineyard 2011) W.CD “And That’s The Story Of Jazz” Akira Sakata & Jim O’Rourke with Chikamorachi concert tour in 2008″ (Family Vine yard 2011).
Solo CD “The Tales of Heike” ( Doubt music). CD” Akira Sakata & Nobuyoshi Furuya live at BITCHES BREW”( Solid records Ultra-Vybe 2011).
In 2012, Solo CD “The Tales of Heike” (doubt music). “Hijokaidan featuring Akira Sakata “(doubt music 2012),”Jazz Hijokaidan”(doubt music 2012).
In 2013 CD “iruman” with Giovanni De Domenico(Mbari musica 2013), Performed in Molde Jazz festival with Johan Berthling and Paal Nilssen-Love. Performed in AL’ARM festival in Berlin with Michiyo Yagi and Tamaya Honda. And performed in “Blow Out festival” with Vilde and Inga.
Acceded to visiting prof. graduate school of biosphere science Hiroshima University.
In 2014 Duo tour in Europe with Giovanni De Domenico. And Duo tour with Giovanni from Hong Kong to Beijing China. LP/CD “ARASHI” by Akira Sakata ,Johan Berthling, Paal Nilssen-love(trust records 2014). Japan tour with SAKATA/BERTHLING/NILSSEN-LOVE. CD”The Cliff of Time” by Akira Sakata, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Ketil Gatvik,Paal Nilssen-love((PNL records 2014),CD”Live at Cafe OTO” by Akira Sakata, Giovanni De Domenico, John Edwards, Steve Noble(clamshell records 2014).
LP : “In A Bubble live at Hide Out, Chicago” (Press Pop 2011) http://www.presspop.com
LP : “Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi live at Hungry Brain by Sakata,Gray,Corsarno” (Family vineyard 2011)
W.CD : “And That’s The Story Of Jazz, Akira Sakata &Jim O’Rourke with Chikamorachi concert tour in 2008” (Family vineyard 2011)http://www.family-vinyard.com
Solo CD : “The Tales of Heike” (doubt music)
CD : “Hijokaidan featuring Akira Sakata “(doubt music 2012)
CD : “Jazz Hijokaidan”(doubt music 2012) http://www.doubtmusic.com
CD : “iruman”(Mbari musica 2013), http://www.mbarimusica.com
LP/CD : “ARASHI” by Akira Sakata ,Johan B earthling, Paal Nilssen-love(trost records 2014) http://www.trost.at
CD : “The Cliff of Time” by Akira Sakata, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Ketil Gatvik,Paal Nilssen-love(PNL records 2014) http://www.paalnilssen-love.com
CD : “Live at Cafe OTO” by Akira Sakata, Giovanni de Domenico, John Edwards, Steve Noble(clamshell records 2014) http://www.clamshellrecords.com
-“Mijinko(water flea) no Tsugou” (with Toshitaka Hidaka, Syobunsya Publishing)
-“Kurage(jellyfish) no Syoutai” (Syobunsya Publishing)
-“Shisetu MIJINKO taizen” (Syobunsya publishing)