Saturday, October 23, 2010

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

Earshot Jazz Festival has announced this year's lineup! Most notably including a solo Ryuichi Sakamoto dual-piano performance at The Moore. Sakamoto's is a consistent, qualitative, decades-spanning musical voice of minimalist and new romantic stylings unlike any other from his era. Many listeners know of his earliest Yellow Magic Orchestra days, and the innumerable soundtrack compositions that followed, but it is his 21st Century work which may be most compelling. Such as his newest collection of piano and electo-acoustic work, "Playing the Piano" on Decca Classical. Considered alongside recent collaborations with Christian Fennesz, Carsten Nicolai (of Raster-Noton) and soundtracks like that of the Haruki Murakami adaptation "Tony Takitani, the mid-2000s have been both prolific and of the highest quality strain from the Japanese composer. Other names of note in this year's Earshot lineup include Thrill Jockey artists Chicago Underground Dou, and Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) conducting the Odeon Quartet in a new conceptual chamber symphony piece. This latter work 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