In April 2017, <a href=”/music/ryuichi-sakamoto”>Ryuichi Sakamoto</a> performed live at the Park Avenue Armory in New York for two nights only, in an intimate setting that only a total of 200 lucky fans were able to witness. Now his performance will reach a wider audience through a live recording of the concerts, entitled Ryuichi Sakamoto PERFORMANCE IN NEW YORK: async, which will be released in Japanese theaters in January 2018.
In the 90-second trailer of the film, the award-winning musician, composer and music producer can be seen making spontaneous, “asynchronous” music with various instruments and items such as sheets of glass under the concept of creating a soundtrack for an imaginary film by Andrei Tarkovsky.
Sakamoto began his career as a member of <a href=”/music/yellow-magic-orchestra”>Yellow Magic Orchestra</a> (YMO) and went on to become a renowned film composer, receiving numerous awards including an Oscar and Grammy for scoring such works as Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence and The Last Emperor.
From the late 1990s, he began focusing more on social and environmental issues, and this shift became apparent in his music. In 2014, he was diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer and took a year-long hiatus, but has since recovered and released async this spring. After building a career on synchronous music through electronic music and movie soundtracks, he collected sounds and brought them together asynchronously in his first album in eight years and the concerts based on it.
“I loved it so much, I didn’t want anyone to hear it,” reads Sakamoto’s comment in the trailer.
A joint premiere screening of this live recording and the documentary, Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda, directed by Stephen Nomura Schible, is scheduled Friday (Nov. 3) in selected domestic theaters. Ryuichi Sakamoto PERFORMANCE IN NEW YORK: async will be released Jan. 27, 2018.
Watch the Ryuichi Sakamoto PERFORMANCE IN NEW YORK: async trailer here:
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