Forma produces insen, the collaboration between Ryuichi Sakamoto and visual artist/electronic musician alva noto.
Award-winning composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto has made a career of crossing musical and technological boundaries. Sakamoto has experimented with, and excelled in, many different musical styles, making a name for himself in popular, orchestral and film music. A founding member of Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO), Sakamoto has composed original scores for 18 major and independent films, including: Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Last Emperor, The Sheltering Sky, and most recently, Brian DePalma's Femme Fatale. Sakamoto was awarded both the Academy Award and Grammy for The Last Emperor score.
Recently Sakamoto has explored the music of Brasilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim with two releases under the group name Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto. The releases, Casa and A Day in New York, earned a great deal of critical praise, including Top Jazz Records of the Year honors from the New York Times and London Times respectively. Sakamoto recently released his latest solo project, Chasm.
With Ryuichi Sakamoto the only constant is change. The sheer breadth of musical styles he explores – even within one album – is central to his being as an artist. He feels no need to exist within musical boundaries, and he celebrates tearing them down. "This global view to the different cultures is just part of my nature. I want to break down the walls between genres, categories, or cultures. Instead of building walls or borders, I always try to combine different things. To me, it's challenging and exciting."
Photos: Chris Godet
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