Saturday, October 23, 2010

Ryuichi Sakamoto "Playing the Paino" tour & Earshot Jazz Festival : Oct 15 - Nov 7

That time of the year again! Earshot Jazz Fest, running Oct. 15 - Nov. 7 has announced this year's lineup! Including Ryuichi Sakamoto of YMO and later innumerable classical, electronic and soundtracks compositions, performing duo-piano pieces at the Moore. His is a consistent, qualitative musical voice of minimalism spanning decades. Some of you know him from his way-back-when YMO work, but it's his most recent musics that I find the most compelling. Such as his newest collection of piano and electo-acoustic work, "Playing the Piano" on Decca Classical. This along with recent collaborations with Christian Fennesz, Carsten Nicolai of Raster-Noton and soundtracks like that of the Haruki Murakami adaptation "Tony Takitani, have been some of best work of many years. Other names of note in the festival include Thrill Jockey artists Chicago Undergorund Dou performing improv works and Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) conducting the Odeon Quartet in a series of conceptual Chamber Symphony works exploring the themes of ecological exploration and the vast open seas that were once (just decades ago) the ice shelf of the Arctic.

Link to Earshot Jazz Festival site

Link to official Ryuichi Sakamoto site