Elegant, nuanced and profoundly moving, Ryuichi Sakamoto - Fragments is an intimate concert featuring two maestros, iconic composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto and Japanese multimedia artist, Shiro Takatani.
In this concert, Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto joins his friend and long-time collaborator Shiro Takatani, founder of Japanese art collective Dumb Type, to imagine a resplendent performance with a strong focus on improvisation and the sonority of everyday objects.
The performance draws from Sakamoto's latest solo album, async, along with newer works. Described as "an imaginary soundtrack to a film Andrei Tarkovsky never finished", async is one of Sakamoto's most deeply personal albums following the maestro's own battle with cancer, and an introspective reflection on the essential nature of life and death.
Sakamoto's intense, masterful playing is heightened by Takatani's cinematic visuals, full of poetic metaphors with its evocation of natural phenomena. The performance pulls the audience into singular, shared moments of Sakamoto's sound creation and exploration.
Don't miss this intimate, sublime performance by one of Asia's most accomplished musicians, and a celebration of a creative friendship spanning decades.
Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan
through the Japan Arts Council
(Photo by nss, (zakkubalan))
“A master of atmosphere, in his film scores as much as his solo work, it makes sense directors who respect the ability of sound to elevate the emotional pitch of any given scene are drawn to Sakamoto.” - The Saturday Paper
“Sakamoto has always been a thoughtful composer, committed to liberal causes.” - Philstar Global
“Mr. Sakamoto, 66, is exemplary perhaps not only for his music but also for his listening, and his understanding of how music can be used and shared. He is a hero of cosmopolitan musical curiosity, an early technological adopter in extremis, and a kind of supercollaborator." - The New York Times