There’s a resonant centre to Noto and Sakamoto’s work together in which stark timbres and abstract electronics ultimately turn heart-stirring.
From 70s synth-pop pioneer with Yellow Magic Orchestra to experimental minimalist to lauded film composer, Ryuichi Sakamoto has never been content keeping still.
A partial list of collaborators proves the expanses Sakamoto’s music roams: Brian Wilson, Iggy Pop, Youssou N’Dour and David Sylvian are just a few. Sakamoto’s most recent and enduring musical partner has been German glitch maestro Alva Noto. In the early days of this century what began as a swapping of files has ultimately led to raved-about albums, an exquisite soundtrack to the film The Revenant and a series of unmissable live events.
On the heels of the recent live improvised album Glass, witness these two distinct minds in communion once more.
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