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Ryuichi Sakamoto reached an international audience in the ‘70s as a member of the electronic art-pop trio Yellow Magic Orchestra, a group that was popular internationally as well as in their native Japan. Sakamoto started a solo career while still a member of YMO, and also wrote soundtracks for such films at Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Sheltering Sky, and The Last Emperor. On Playing the Piano, a solo Sakamoto reinterprets several of his previous compositions, including some of his unforgettable movie themes. He’s clearly influenced by Debussy, but listening to these pieces it’s hard not to think of another singular French composer, Erik Satie. Like Satie, Sakamoto can create magic with just a handful of delicately placed notes. Austrian electronica wiz Christian Fennesz, Icelandic bassist Skuli Sverrisson, the English early-music group Fretwork, and others make contributions to the bonus tracks. One of the most gripping pieces is the closer, “Composition 0919,” a wildly energetic minimalist duet for piano and player piano.

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Saw him in concert <3

I literally just saw him in concert in Sf. :)

I might be biased but hearing this album LIVE is like no other experience I've ever had.
Brilliant, provoking, emotional, and at the same time.. relaxing..
Great great compositions... I already miss the live music.


This is a great album filled with creativity and ambience, but at the same time each one of his songs seem to tell a story.

Beautiful Music

It suits any kind of weather, any time of day. Timeless and sentimental.


Born: January 17, 1952 in Tokyo, Japan

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The driving force behind "Neo Geo" -- a cutting-edge fusion combining Asian and Western classical music with other global textures and rhythms -- pioneering electronic composer Ryuichi Sakamoto was among the most innovative artists to emerge during the 1980s. Born January 17, 1952, in Tokyo, he took up piano at the age of three, and regularly performed in jazz bands while in high school. Sakamoto's musical tastes exposed him to everyone from the Beatles to Beethoven and John Cage, and he was also...
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