Tōru Takemitsu (October 8, 1930 - February 20, 1996) was a Japanese composer, best known for his works "Requiem for strings" (1958) and "November Steps" (1967). His music drew from various influences including European classical composers like Olivier Messiaen and Claude Debussy, jazz, popular music, avant-garde and traditional Japanese music.
Zappa about Takemitsu
"I like other things in contemporary music, too, particularly Takemitsu. He's one of my favorites."
"I think 'November Steps' (by (Tōru Takemitsu) kicks the shit out of 'Turangalila'"."