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Ryuichi Sakamoto

Bang on a Can All-Stars play Ryuichi Sakamoto, 1996

Ryuichi Sakamoto “was arguably the best-known and most successful Japanese musician in the world.” (Peter Tasker, Nikkei Asia)  He won an Oscar for his soundtrack to Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Last Emperor” and several Golden Globes and Grammy awards and nominations for other films. In 1992, he scored the opening ceremony of the Barcelona Olympics, conducting the orchestra while a billion people watched. Sakamoto’s film scores are renowned for their diversity and sensitivity and it is unknown if he imagined a band would go out and play this music live. And now the Bang on a Call All-Stars will! The album 1996 includes an incredible selection of tracks, many of Sakamoto’s most well-known. The Bang on a Can All-Stars play Ryuichi Sakamoto is an exploration, a tribute, a celebration.

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