Akira Ando was born in Sapporo, Japan in 1955. He lived in New York City from 1984-1998 where he performed and recorded with many masters of contemporary music, such as: Cecil Taylor, Billy Bang, Dennis Charles, William Parker, Jarone Eames, Evelyn Blakey. Lives in Berlin now where he performs and performed, among others, with: Billy Bang, Alexis Pope, Zam Johnson, Ravi Srinivasan, Mustafa El Dino, Rashidi Graffiti, Lenjes Robinson and Carolyn del Rosario. He is working for many years in Boom Box as a fixed band member.