Akira Sakata was born in Kure-city, Hiroshima in 1945. He studied marine biology at Hiroshima university. In Tokyo in 1969 he formed the group Saibo-bunretsu (Cell fission) and was also performing with various jazz musicians during this time. Since the late 1960s, Sakata has been a constant figure in jazz and creative music scenes as an ever evolving and adventurous multi-instrumentalist and member of classic groups such as Yamashita Yosuke Trio from 1972 till 1979, Wha-ha-ha plus many of his own, like the Akira Sakata Mii or the Akira Sakata Trio and Orchestra. He has recorded with Chris Cosey, Bill Laswell, Peter Brötzman, DJ Krush, Toshinoro Kondo, Jim O'Rourke and many others.