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Artists’ Talk SAKAMOTO Ryuichi, TAKATANI Shiro

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 3:00pm–


Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017, 3:00pm–
Venue: ICC 4F Special space
Capacity: 250 persons (First-come basis. The numbered tickets will be issued at ICC entrance lobby from 10:00am on the day.)
Admission free

Organizer: NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC]

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Photo by Neo Sora ©2022 Kab Inc.

Born 1952 in Tokyo.
Made his debut as a solo artist with “Thousand Knives” in 1978, and joined the Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) in the same year. He later moved his bases overseas but remained active in various fields centering around music even after the YMO had “spread out” (as the members put it, avoiding the expression “split up”). SAKAMOTO’s score for the movie “Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence” won a BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, and his music for the movie “The Last Emperor” won an Academy Award for Best Original Score, and a Grammy Award for Best Album of Original Instrumental Background Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television. Numerous other movie soundtracks consolidated his international reputation also as a composer. Continuously pursuing innovation in sound, he has been creating a number of installation works such as “LIFE - fluid, invisible, inaudible ...” made in 2007 with TAKATANI Shiro on commission by the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]. Highly concerned also about social issues, he has been involved in the forest conservation/reforestation project ”more trees,” the charity event “NO NUKES” promoting non-nuclear power, the ”School Music Revival” and “Tohoku Youth Orchestra” projects in support of the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and various other activities. In 2014 he was invited to function as guest director at the Sapporo International Art Festival (SIAF). Following scores for the movies “Nagasaki: Memories of My Son” and “The Revenant” in 2015, in 2017 SAKAMOTO released his first original album in eight years, “async,” which was also presented in the form of the “async” installation at WATARI-UM, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art.


Born 1963.
Joined the artist group “Dumb Type” in 1984. Has been involved in the creation of performance and installation works utilizing various media, which have been shown in performances and exhibitions at theaters, museums and art centers around the world. Concurrently with his work with Dumb Type, since 1998 he has been operating also as a solo artist. Stage productions include ”La Chambre Claire” (premiered at Theater der Welt 2008, Germany), “CHROMA” (premiered in 2012 at Biwako Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Shiga), and “ST/LL” (premiered in 2015 at Le Volcan – Scène Nationale du Havre, France). Has been involved in performances at the Festival de Marseille and at the National Theater and Concert Hall, National Theater (Taiwan); exhibitions at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM], ZKM (Germany), Cité des sciences et de l’industrie Paris, and Sharjah Biennial (UAE); and collaborations with such artists as NAKAYA Fujiko, NOMURA Mansai and RAKU Kichizaemon XV. His latest performance “ST/LL” featuring music by SAKAMOTO Ryuichi is scheduled to be staged at the New National Theatre, Tokyo, on February 24 and 25, 2018.

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