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Japan's Ryuichi Sakamoto Shares Orchestra & YMO Concerts for Limited Time

Ryuichi Sakamoto
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Ryuichi Sakamoto

Since the end of March, Japanese musician and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto has been sharing some of his past concerts online to spread some joy in these times of coronavirus self-isolation.

As social distancing continues without an end in sight, the renowned composer has added two more rare concert recordings to the list, to be premiered on YouTube.

The first, set to go live Friday (April 24), is a concert he performed with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra on piano and as conductor called Ryuichi Sakamoto | Playing the Orchestra 2014. The video will be available until May 22. Watch below:

The second is a performance by Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) from their stage at the 2008 Meltdown Festival, hosted by Massive Attack, in London's Royal Festival Hall. The members of the pioneering electronic music group -- Sakamoto, Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi -- performed onstage with Ren Takada, Tomohiko Gondo and Christian Fennesz (who collaborated with Sakamoto on the album cendre).

The footage is from the show's live DVD and captures the explosive groove of the six musicians' collaboration. The video will be streamed from May 1 to 29. See the link below.

"It looks like we'll need to refrain from going out for some time to come," the legendary composer said. "Unwind and listen to some music. Stay home; stay safe!"