Two new Ryuichi Sakamoto films will be getting a limited screening run at The Projector starting this month.
Ryuichi Sakamoto is a Japanese musician, singer, producer and composer, who has gone on to further this resume with the likes of being an activist, an actor, writer and dancer. With a prolific career spanning over four decades, it's nearly impossible to ignore his contributions and impact on music.
Ryuichi started his career in the early '70s, when he co-founded the Japanese electronic trio Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO). Along with his two band mates, Ryuichi's involvement in YMO helped pioneer the synth-wave, house and techno genres, especially in Asia. Since then, Ryuichi has gone on to dabble in all sorts of genres, ranging from electronic to classical and world music. He was approached to compose an original theme for the 1993 Barcelona Olympics opening ceremony. Ryuichi has since been awarded several esteemed awards for his music, including an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Grammy and two Golden Globe Awards.
Now, two new films revolving around the critically acclaimed musician is set to receive limited screenings at The Projector between July and September. The first, Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA, follows his return to music after a cancer diagnosis. The second, Ryuichi Sakamoto: Async at the Park Avenue Armory, filmed during the production of CODA, follows life journeys and creative process, the performance marked the first public unveiling of Sakamoto’s new album async.
Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA will be screened on 28 July, 8:20pm and 11 August, 8:30PM. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Async at the Park Avenue Armory will be screened on 25 August and 8 September at 8:30PM. Get your tickets here and here for CODA and Async at the Park Avenue Armory respectively.
In the meantime, check out the trailer for Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA below.