Ryuichi Sakamoto: Playing the Piano 12122020


Ryuichi Sakamoto: Playing the Piano 12122020
Ryuichi Sakamoto will present his final piano solo concert for 2020.

Before the state of emergency was declared in Japan, Sakamoto was amongst the first to stage a live streaming event on April 2, 2020. With the growing tendency for people to stay in their homes due to the COVID-19, he hoped that "music may relieve the tension a bit…"
To finish off the year "2020", a year no one will ever forget, Sakamoto will deliver a piano solo concert via live streaming from a Tokyo studio.

Rhizomatiks will direct the live performance, a company led by artist Daito Manabe who is active in design, art, and entertainment, focusing on the relationship and boundaries between analog and digital as the real and virtual. Also, the up-and-coming artist duo based in New York, Zakkubalan, will be in charge of cinematography and rise to the challenge of filming to bring out the best of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Rhizomatiks.
The video streaming service, MUSIC/SLASH, with the highest sound quality ever developed in the industry, will be the concert's streaming platform.

Sakamoto's "year-end piano solo concert " in Japan will be for the first piano solo performance in 7 years, since 2013.
This concert will be exclusively streamed live in 12 countries and regions.
* Due to payment system restrictions, the live streaming will only be available in Japan, U.S.A., Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore, Canada, Australia,Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines.
We apologize to those inconvenienced by these restrictions.

  • Event date:

    Saturday, December 12, 2020, From 19:30
  • Ticket price:

    MUSIC/SLASH Standard Version 5,000yen (without tax)
  • Distributed to:

    Japan, U.S.A., Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore, Canada, Australia
    ― were added on November 19, 2020 ―
    Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines

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A Message from Ryuichi Sakamoto

High-quality sound streaming at an unimaginable level as recently is finally available. I'm excited to so widely share the detailed and nuanced sound previously impossible. I hope you can join me.

坂本龍一 Photo by zakkubalan ©2020 Kab Inc.

Ryuichi Sakamoto

“Anything can be music,” believes Ryuichi Sakamoto. Throughout his nearly 70 years, he has tested this guiding principle again and again. Sakamoto was born in 1952, the year John Cage composed 4′33″. When he was a toddler, he was introduced to the piano, an instrument he would go on to examine from many Cageian angles. In the late ’70s, he joined Haruomi Hosono’s Yellow Magic Orchestra as a keyboardist and songwriter. His time in the proto-synthpop group led to solo experiments in fusing global genres, which in turn made way for close studies of classical impressionism and prepared piano.

As the millennium swam into view, Sakamoto’s attention was piqued by music’s relationship with other artforms. He premiered his multimedia opera LIFE, a collaboration with visual director Shiro Takatani, in 1999. Expanding on LIFE’s themes of symbiosis and evolution, Sakamoto and Takatani went on to produce several ambient installations together in the 2000s.

Running parallel to his artistic practice are Sakamoto’s contributions to cinema. He has scored over 30 films in as many years, including Nagisa Oshima’s Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence, Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor and The Sheltering Sky, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant, and Yoji Yamada’s Nagasaki: Memories of My Son. His accolades include an Academy Award, a Grammy, a BAFTA, and two Golden Globe awards. “Working on a film is like a journey to an unknown place,” Sakamoto once said. “I cannot experience that doing my own thing.”

In recent years, Sakamoto has doubled down on his sound experiments. In 2016, he turned American architect Philip Johnson’s modernist Glass House, which was built in the late ’40s, into an instrument. In collaboration with longtime friend Alva Noto, the pair swept rubber mallets over the contact mic’d surfaces of the building for an improvised composition titled Glass.

That exploratory spirit runs through Sakamoto’s 2017 album, async, which paints an audio portrait of the passing of time informed by his recovery from throat cancer. “Music, work, and life all have a beginning and an ending,” said Sakamoto in early 2019. “What I want to make now is music freed from the constraints of time.”



真鍋大度 Photo by Akinori Ito


Tokyo-based artist, interaction designer, programmer, and DJ.
Launched Rhizomatiks in 2006. Since 2015, has served alongside Motoi Ishibashi as co-director of Rhizomatiks Research, the firm’s division dedicated to exploring new possibilities in the realms of technical and artistic expression with a focus on R&D-intensive projects. Specially-appointed professor at Keio University SFC.
Manabe’s work in design, art, and entertainment takes a new approach to everyday materials and phenomenon. However, his end goal is not simply rich, high-definition realism by recognizing and recombining these familiar elemental building blocks. Rather, his practice is informed by careful observation to discover and elucidate the essential potentialities inherent to the human body, data, programming, computers, and other phenomena, thus probing the interrelationships and boundaries delineating the analog and digital, real and virtual. https://daitomanabe.myportfolio.com/


Rhizomatiks mainly takes up projects focusing on the field of research and development, and sets priority in opening a new expression for the future. The team which is leading Rhizomatiks, has produced projects with artists such as Perfume and ELEVENPLAY in addition to media-art and data-art projects, and is also in charge of all processes through the projects planning, implementation and operation. https://rhizomatiks.com/top.html


ZakkubalanNeo Sora

Neo Sora is a filmmaker, artist, and translator living in Brooklyn, NY.

As a filmmaker, Neo has directed, shot, and produced short narrative films, documentaries, music videos, fashion spots, and a concert film. His newest short film, The Chicken, an adaptation of a short story by Naoya Shiga premiered at Locarno International Film Festival 2020 and has subsequently played at New York Film Festival 2020 among others.As part of artist-filmmaker collective Zakkubalan, Neo has shown installation and video artworks at the intersection of film and photography. https://www.zakkubalan.com/


Date and time

Saturday, December 12, 2020, From 19:30(JST)START

worldwide simultaneous release


Before purchasing a ticket, please confirm that your internet and electronics meet the minimum requirements for the service.

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Standard5,000yen(without tax)

Distributed to

Japan, USA, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore, Canada, Australia
― were added on November 19, 2020 ―
Indonesia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Philippines


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