It is with an indescribably heavy heart that I tell now of the passing of bassist Gaku Takanashi. 

As this website reflects, Gaku was more than just a part of an ensemble - his warmth and humor, along with his tremendous yet unselfconscious virtuosity, made his presence the very heart of our music by virtue of his purity of Truth in human and musical expression.

Gaku played with very many people (not represented here), and I am sure, without having met most of them, that the unanimous opinion of Gaku was that his very Being made all of our lives, and the quality of life in general, much happier and better for everyone who ever knew him.

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