Ryuichi Sakamoto to experiment with piano
The New Year kicks off with an array of star-studded events, including a much-awaited tour by Academy Award-winning artist Ryuichi Sakamoto on Sunday.
The Seoul Arts Center recital marks the pianist-composer’s return to Korea for the first time in 10 years since 2001.
The prolific musician is known for critically acclaimed film scores and electronica experiments, new wave rock numbers as well as bossa nova and classical romanticism in the tradition of Debussy — but moreover infuses a distinct style that makes his pieces his very own, regardless of the genre.
But for many, the highlight of the evening may undoubtedly be his signature original soundtracks, which often made the music more famous than the film itself such as with “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence” (1983). Old will become new again as theme songs like “Rain” from “The Last Emperor” (1987), which won him an Oscar, will be given a duo piano twist.