Masakazu Yoshizawa was an internationally reknown, multi-faceted
musician. Yoshizawa was perhaps best known publicly for his
performances with various Japanese flutes (shakuhachi, shinobue,
hichiriki, nokan, etc.) and percussion instruments (the various
taiko, tsusumi drums and other percussives).
Yoshizawa performed live, in concert, worldwide, and was composer
for orchestra as well as many Japanese musical forms. Yoshizawa
was also an active studio musician. His most recent film work
was as a soloist on the soundtrack of Memoirs of a Geisha. He also appears
in the film.
He also played on many movie soundtracks including:
Jurassic Park; Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story; The Joy Luck Club;
and all of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequels.
L. A. Times Obituary for Masa