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Sakamoto Solo Piano Tour Announced
Ryuichi gets back to a favorite holiday tradition of piano concerts in December
for the just-announced Ryuichi Sakamoto PLAYING THE PIANO /05 tour.

Ryuichi Sakamoto PLAYING THE PIANO /05 follows the release of "/05" in Japan only by Warner Music.

December 9,2005 (Fri)
Tokyo/ Bunkamura Orchardhall

December 10,2005 (Sat)
Tokyo/ Bunkamura Orchardhall

December 11,2005 (Sun)
Kobe/Kobe International House

December 13,2005 (Tue)
Okayama/Okayama Civic Hall

December 14, 2005 (Wed)
Hiroshima/Mielparque Hiroshima Hall

December 15, 2005 (Thu)
Osaka/Festival Hall

December 17, 2005 (Sat)
Fukuoka/Fukuoka Sunpalace

December 18, 2005 (Sun)
Nagoya/Aichi Prefectural Art Theater

December 20, 2005 (Tue)
Matsumoto/Matsumoto Performing Art Center

December 21, 2005 (Wed)
Tokyo/Tokyo International Forum Hall C

December 22, 2005 (Thu)
Tokyo/Tokyo International Forum Hall C

December 24, 2005 (Sat)
Niigata/Niigata Prefectual Civic Center

December 25, 2005 (Sun)
Sendai/Sendai Sunplaza Hall

If you can't be there in person, keep in touch with photo updates from Ryuichi's blog.

Sakamoto Playlist Available in the iTunes Music Store
Ryuichi's Celebrity Playlist is currently available for download from the iTunes Music Store.

The playlist includes:

1. Berlin Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto

2. Rivers of Sand Fennesz

3. Insensatez (Remodel by Alva Noto) Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto

4. ^.error Tetsu Inoue and Carl Stone

5. Bird Watching at Inner Forest CORNELIUS

6. Slit of Cloud DJ Krush & Akira Sakata

7. 4+2_Stil. Live Taylor Deupree

8. Tapping the Source Cocosuma

9. Only the Circle Deru

10. Palo Alto SND

Check out Ryuichi's notes on all of these tracks only in the iTunes Music Store.

Christopher Willits Contributes to chain-music
San Franciso based musician & multimedia artist Christopher Willits has completed his contribution to the chain-music project.

Striking a delicate balance between acoustic and electronic sounds and systems, Christopher manages to defy genre distinctions while still defining a °»sound°… unto his own. His numerous solo releases and collaborations cover a broad spectrum of musical styles, and include one main commonality: Willits°« unique use of the guitar with custom-made signal processing. This home-brewed software, along with Willits°« 6-string prowess, generates a unique real-time mixture of improvised melody and rhythm. Willits°« guitar lines and harmonies fold into each other. Notes and phrases hook and weave, creating complex patterns of interlocking rhythm, melody, and texture.

Started in March, 2003 upon the US invasion of Iraq, chain-music now includes the contributions of 18 artists who have added on to the existing work vertically as well as horizontally, overlaying or extending the existing creation.

More details about the background of the chain-music project are available here.

Sakamoto Feautured on ZUENDFUNK GENERATOR
There will be a 1 hour radio feature on RYUICHI SAKAMOTO on the Bayerischer Rundfunk BR2 in Germany on Sunday Nov 6th at 22:00. The program, ZUENDFUNK GENERATOR can be heard online as well.

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