Observing Ryuichi Sakamoto

On this edition of New Sounds, listen to the many musical sides of Ryuichi Sakamoto, whose birthday is today. The Japanese pianist, producer, songwriter, classical composer, actor, and DJ has recorded early music (Danceries), film music (Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence), “glitch” music with Alva Noto, moody songs with David Sylvian, even moodier orchestral music (Discord), and classic Brazilian tunes with the trio Morelenbaum2Sakamoto. Hear some of all of these, and more.

PROGRAM #2498 Ryuichi Sakamoto Birthday (First aired: Tuesday 1/17/06)





Ryuichi Sakamoto

US – Ultimate Solo

Thousand Knives, excerpt [1:30]

Warner Music Japan #10241
Available at www.footlight.com

Chitose Okashiro

Ryuichi Sakamoto – Piano Works

Tong Poo [5:00]

Pro Piano #224532 www.propiano.com *

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence [5:00]

Milan #35691 ** available at Amazon.com*

Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto


Duoon [5:30]

R-N #50 www.raster-noton.de *

Morelenbaum2 / Sakamoto


As Praias Desertas [4:00]

Sony 89982**. OR available for purchase at Amazon.com*

Ryuichi Sakamoto


World Citizen [6:00]

Warner Music Japan #10072**
www.sitesakamoto.com *

Ryuichi Sakamoto

US – Ultimate Solo

Neo Geo [4:00]

See above.

Ryuichi Sakamoto & Danceries

The End of Asia

Dance [2:30]

Denon #7077
see www.sitesakamoto.com for more into

Ryuichi Sakamoto

UF – Ultimate Film

The Handmaid’s Tale – Mayday [1:30]

Warner Music Japan #10243
Available as an import on Amazon.com*
Info at www.sitesakamoto.com

Ryuichi Sakamoto


Grief, except [6:30]

Sony #60121 ** www.sitesakamoto.com * stores.musictoday.com


Ryuichi Sakamoto

US – Ultimate Solo

Libera Me [2:30]

See above.

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