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Ryuichi Sakamoto

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When Ryuichi Sakamoto was a high schooler in Tokyo, he had to ride a commuter train to get to class. The passengers were always crammed on, trapping one another between stray limbs and contorted torsos. Unable to move, all the teenage Sakamoto could do was listen. He amused himself by counting the sounds the train made, identifying more than 10 that he would listen out for every morning. Close listening is a habit that has carried Sakamoto through nearly 70 years of musical exploration, each decade leading him in new directions. He was born in 1952, the year John Cage composed 4′33″. When he was a toddler, he was introduced to the piano, an instrument he would go on to examine from many Cageian angles

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Article: Radio

Japanese Iconoclasts - Part 2

Read "Japanese Iconoclasts - Part 2" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


From audiophile jazz labels, to definitive record stores and jazz kissaten, the outstanding jazz bars that provide a cozy place for jazz fans to congregate and share their love for jazz, Japan has traditionally been one of the most jazz-friendly countries in the world. Here is the second part of a special edition that pays tribute ...

Article: Live Review

Chris Potter Circuits al Blue Note Milano

Read "Chris Potter Circuits al Blue Note Milano" reviewed by Paolo Peviani


Chris Potter Circuits Blue Note Milano 9.4.2019 L'ultimo album pubblicato da Chris Potter, Circuits, realizzato in compagnia di James Francies alle tastiere, Eric Harland alla batteria e Linley Marthe al basso, ci ha permesso di cogliere alcune sfaccettature della personalità del sassofonista che finora erano rimaste in secondo piano. In ...

Album

async Remodels

Label: Milan Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Andata (Oneohtrix Point Never Rework); Andata (Electric Youth Remix) ; Disintegration (Alva Noto Remodel); Async (Arca Remix); Fullmoon (Motion Graphics Remix); Solari (Fennesz Remix); Solari (Jóhann Jóhannsson Rework); ZURE (Yves Tumor Obsession Edit); Fullmoon (S U R V I V E Version); ZURE (Cornelius Remix); Life, Life (Andy Stott Remodel).

Album

Glass

Label: Noton
Released: 2018
Track listing: Glass

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Article: Interview

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Naturally Born to Seek Diversity

Read "Ryuichi Sakamoto: Naturally Born to Seek Diversity" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski


Japanese composer and New York resident Ryuichi Sakamoto has had a career unlike anyone else. For more than 40 restless years, since the days of Yellow Magic Orchestra, he has been a musician that many other musicians have followed closely and probably no other popular musician has had a broader or a deeper catalog. To experience ...

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Article: Interview

Stephen Nomura Schible: I wanted to make an intimate portrait of Ryuichi Sakamoto

Read "Stephen Nomura Schible: I wanted to make an intimate portrait of Ryuichi Sakamoto" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski


Japanese composer, pianist, and producer Ryuichi Sakamoto has always resisted an easy definition or description. Taken into account his illustrious and vast output which has spanned over different decades and fashions, he has been at the center and outer fringes of shaping contemporary music. For many, he is one of the greatest exponents of ...

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Article: Album Review

Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto: Glass

Read "Glass" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski


It's a rare occasion these days when a certain album manages to shake quietly the foundation of what music is and what it can be. It's very difficult to position an album that breaks all its precedents through an approach that blends a live performance and improvisation. Glass is the latest collaboration between composer Sakamoto and ...

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Article: Album Review

Erik Friedlander: Rings

Read "Rings" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


Repetition is sometimes seen as a bad thing. The mundane cycle of everyday life involving the same actions. However, it is only through repetition that differences can occur. A weekend is only special because it stands out as a difference from the ordinary week. But repetition is not only useful as a way of appreciating difference, ...

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Article: Album Review

Miho Hazama: Time River

Read "Time River" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Sono anni importanti per il jazz orchestrale. L'emergere di giovani arrangiatori e bandleader iniziato di recente con Jason Lindner, Darcy James Argue, Ryan Truesdell, Kyle Saulnier e altri non s'è fermato, anche grazie al ruolo formativo del New England Conservatory e della Manhattan School of Music. È da lì che vengono alcuni dei nomi ...


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