Ryuichi Sakamoto

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Practice makes perfect, which wants to become a champion. Sakamoto began in 1963 at the age of eleven years to study with Professor Matsumoto at the traditional art school in Tokyo composition. His musical tastes ranged time of The Beatles to Beethoven. Eight years later, he acquired the Tokyo Conservatory initially his BA in composition and later his Master of Arts in electronic and ethnic music. Starting in 1977, Sakamoto worked as a composer, arranger and studio musician with some of the most popular Japanese rock, jazz and classical artists. And it should not take long because he enjoyed in his home an excellent reputation as a producer, arranger and keyboardist.

In 1978, Sakamoto with bassist and drummer Yukihiro Takahashi Haruomi Hosono the Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO), which was immediately internationally traded as a sensation. The band is traded worldwide besides the German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk as Vice-Magi.Originally of electronic music, the immense influence of YMO to the rave, techno and ambient music movement is indisputable. Within five years, the YMO brought out no fewer than eleven albums and opened up a committed fan base that still keeps the loyalty of the band.

From his interest in a variety of musical genres - from jazz and bossa nova modern classical to avant-garde and dub music - made Sakamoto never a secret: neither in the pieces he wrote for the YMO, still on his solo albums or in movie soundtracks, which he composed from 1983rd

In the same year, when he the music for the film "Furyo - Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" wrote, Sakamoto left the YMO, in order to concentrate on his solo career and indepth knowledge sogenannterWeltmusik. "I have a kind of cultural map of the world in my head, where I list the similarities between different cultures," he said at the time. His artistic open-mindedness and versatility underlined Sakamoto also through collaborations with such diverse musicians as David Bowie, David Byrne, David Sylvian, Iggy Pop, Youssou N'dour, Robbie Robertson and Caetano Veloso or poets such as William S. Burroughs and William Gibson.

Sakamoto's best-known work is perhaps still the soundtrack to the movie "Furyo - Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence". He received the most awards on the other hand in 1987 for his music for Bernardo Bertolucci-movie "The Last Emperor". Besides an Oscar, a Grammy and a Golden Globe he ran for the music in the category "Best Original Soundtrack" also prices of Film Critics Associations of New York, Los Angeles and the UK a. He then worked as a film composer twice with Bertolucci together ( "The Sheltering Sky" and "Little Buddha"), once with Oliver Stone ( "Wild Palms"), once with Pedro Almodóvar ( "High Heels") and twice with Brian DePalma ( "Snake Eyes" and "Femme Fatale"). "His plays were mostly for musical accompaniment of visual events composed" it said once in a Billboard article About the film composer, "but they are do not have the pure music on their own two feet, incentives are imaginatively stimulating and captivating even without any external. Each piece is a proof that he is the most notable tunes writer of our time. "

His debut as a DJ was Sakamoto 1997, when the fashion designer and artist Stephen Sprouse presented his 98th spring collection with which he celebrated his triumphant return to the fashion world. 1999 witnessed Sakamoto's first opera "LIFE" its premiere, which took place as six more performances of the work in Tokyo and Osaka to a full house. At this ambitious project worked with over one hundred artists, including José Carreras, Salif Keita, Bernardo Bertolucci, Salman Rushdie, Pina Bausch, the Dalai Lama and members of the Frankfurt Ballet. That same year, Sakamoto worked at "The Day Before Death, Destruction Detroit III "for the first time with the American theater director Robert Wilson and published in Japan a single of piano solo piece" energry Flow "which arrived there in the charts in the first place. The second single, with the accomplished this feat in 2001 "Zero Landmine". The income from these single he put the HALO Trust are available, the worldwide strives to clear landmines.

2001 Ryuichi Sakamoto did with the Brazilian cellist Jaques Morelenbaum and the singer Paula Morelenbaum together to the house of Antonio Carlos Jobim ( "The Girl From Ipanema") in Rio de Janeiro, the album "Casa" take. Here, the Japanese pianist could play in the private wing of died in 1994, bossa nova legend. The Brazilian Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil (himself a world-renowned musician) recorded Sakamoto for his contribution to Brazilian music and culture with a medal from the album was the world a great success.

2005 managed Sakamoto on his 15th solo album "Chasm" to his electro-pop roots back, without denying its classical influences. In 2006 he continued his four years earlier begun collaboration with sound artist Alva Noto (Carsten Nicolai a.k.a.). 2007 saw Sakamoto together with the austrian electronic musician Christian Fennesz album "Cendre" out and with the American multi-instrumentalist and multimedia artist Christopher Willits album "Ocean Fire". That same year, the first performance of the work "Utp" stand on which he had composed together with Carsten Nicolai on behalf of the city of Mannheim for their 400-year celebration.

Even as a film composer Sakamoto was still active. As he wrote in 2004 a minimalist piano Opus fOr "Tony Takitani", a film by the Japanese director Jun Ichikawa, and orchestral pieces for the Japanese film "Shining Boy and Little Randy" (2005) and the Taiwanese horror film "Silk" (2006). 2007 saw fOr an appearance on Al Gore's "Live Earth Festival" in Kyoto to a reunion of the Yellow Magic Orchestra, which was celebrated by Rolling Stone as "stroke of luck". Since then, the trio has again occurred more often in common, inter alia, in the 2008 Meltdown Festival in London, which went under the artistic direction of Massive Attack on the stage.

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