Ryuichi Sakamoto will make a rare North American solo tour this Fall, bringing his music to audiences through sustainable and ecologically sound touring. The performance is both audio and visual, showcasing exciting new material as well as his classic compositions.
He will introducing Playing The Piano, which is a specially-priced 2-CD that presents a wide-ranging view into the world of this composer, musician, producer, actor, and environmental activist.
The first CD, playing the piano, is a series of miniatures or “self-covers,” as Sakamoto refers to them – solo piano versions of his earlier works, including some of the famous film themes such as The Last Emperor (Oscar/Grammy -winning soundtrack), Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence and The Sheltering Sky.
The second CD, out of noise, is arguably Sakamoto’s most ambitious to date in which he continues to explore the netherworld between music and noise that has fascinated him for years. He is joined here by, among others, Austrian guitarist/laptop artist Christian Fennesz, guitarist Cornelius (Keigo Oyamada), England’s renowned early music group Fretwork, and Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Skuli Sverrisson.
Sakamoto has devoted much of his time in recent years to environmental concerns – to turning Ego into Eco as he puts it. Beginning in 2001, he has made a huge attempt to use alternative energy for touring.
October 17 2010 -sun
Keswick Theatre/Glenside, Pennsylvania
October 18 2010 -mon
Skirball Center For the Performing Arts/New York City, New York
October 20 2010 -wed
Berklee Performance Center/Boston, Massachusetts
October 22 2010 -fri
Outremont Theatre/Montreal, Quebec
October 24 2010 -sun
Queen Elizabeth Theater/Toronto, Ontario
October 26 2010 -tues
Vic Theatre/Chicago, Illinois
October 30 2010 -sat
Moore Theatre/Seattle, Washington
November 1 2010 -mon
Vogue Theatre/Vancouver, British Columbia
November 3 2010 -wed
Regency Ballroom/San Fransisco, California
November 5 2010 -fri
El Rey/Los Angeles, California
Buy the album:
- In North America: Playing The Piano
- In Europe: Playing The Piano
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.