“Were we witnessing a musical performance, a quasi-religious ritual, or a scientific demonstration?…it bordered on genius.”
–The Telegraph (UK)
Ryuichi Sakamoto has won or been nominated for Academy, Grammy, and Golden Globe Awards for his lauded scores from films including The Last Emperor, Little Buddha, and The Revenant. But this talented Japanese renaissance man is also a musician, producer, pianist, activist, writer, actor, dancer, and electronic music pioneer, with a diverse resume and fan base having collaborating with numerous artists on projects ranging from electronic to classical and world music. His work has been inspired by culture and history around the globe, writing music inspired by the traditions of Okinawa, Indonesia, and Brazil, amongst others. He comes to the Veterans Room with his long-time collaborator and visual artist, Shiro Takatani, to present a work that mixes both sound installation and musical performance for the first time in his career.
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