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2000 European Live Performance Schedule Announced
Sun 30-Jan

LONDON

ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL

Tue 1-Feb

MUNICH

MUFFATHALLE

Wed 2-Feb

BERLIN

PASSIONSKIRCHE

Sat 5-Feb

PARIS

TRIANON

Sun 6-Feb

BRUSSELS

ANCIENNE BELGIQUE

Mon 7-Feb

HAMBURG

KLEINE MUSIKSALLE

Tue 8-Feb
Thu 10-Feb

MILAN

ALKATRAZ

Fri 11-Feb

MESTRE

TEATRO TONIOLO

Sat 12-Feb

SIENA

CHIESA di SANT'AGOSTINO

Sun 13-Feb
Mon 14-Feb

BARCELONA

TEATRO TIVOLI

Tue 15-Feb

MADRID

TEATRO ALCAZAR

 

London Performance Announced
In celebration of the release of Cinemage and BTTB on Sony Classical, Ryuichi Sakamoto will perform live at Royal Festival Hall in London on Sunday, January 30th, 2000 at 7:30 PM.

Tickets are available now at the Royal Festival Hall box office 0207-960-4242, at UK Ticketmaster, Tower, and HMV locations, and also online at www.ticketweb.co.uk.

New Rose Hotel Plays in Barcelona
Abel Ferrara's New Rose Hotel is now in theaters in Barcelona, Spain. Catch Ryuichi Sakamoto on the big screen with the film's stars Willem Dafoe, Christopher Walken, and Asia Argento. Below is a list of theaters with address and phone numbers. Check with the theater for show times.

Original Version (In English)
Casablanca, Passeig de Gracia 115, 93-318-4345
Icaria Yelme Cineplex, Salvador Espriu 61, 93-221-7585

Spanish Version
Rex, Gran Via 463, 93-423-1060

The film's official site is located at http://209.67.185.103/pressman/inproduction/newrose.htm

Sakamoto Joins Talvin Singh in London
Ryuichi Sakamoto joins Mercury Music Prize winner Talvin Singh live at the Barbican Hall, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, this Friday, November 26th at 900 PM. This performance is SOLD-OUT. Additional information is available from the Barbican at 0171-638-8891. Chandrashekar, Rakesh Churasia, Karsh Kale, Ustad Sultan Khan, Bill Laswell, Shankar Mahadevan, Brad Munn, Ajay Naidu, Bryon Wallen, and Cleveland Watkiss all join Talvin's crew for the night.

Sakamoto SonicNet/Yahoo! Video Chat
Thursday, November 18, 900 PM (ET), 600 PM (PT)
Go to http://www.sonicnet.com/network/network_frame.jhtml?main=/artistinfo/15582.jhtml
or
http://chat.yahoo.com

Gohatto Book Debuts November 25
"Official Gohatto Book" will be released on November 25th published by Little More. (Available only in Japanese and only in Japan; \1,600, tax included). The book is a companion piece to the Nagisa Oshima film, and consists of special interviews with Oshima, Takeshi Kitano, Ryuhei Matsuda, Shinji Takeda, Tadanobu Asano, Yoichi Sai, Ryuichi Sakamoto and many others involved in the project.

SKMTP: Ryuichi Sakamoto Playing the Piano 1999
At The Garden Hall, Ebisu, Tokyo
Show Date Doors Open Show Start
December 20 19:30 20:00
December 21 19:30 20:00
December 22 19:30 20:00
December 23 Kid's Special 14:30 15:00
  19:30 20:00
December 24 19:30 20:00
December 25 14:30 15:00
19:30 20:00

Ticket Information (Available only in Japanese)
http://www.e-ticket.net/
http://www.diskgarage.co.jp/

Life Opera Airs on TV-Asahi Networks
A Ryuichi Sakamoto Opera 1999 LIFE
An unedited version of the September 11th show of Life at Budokan will be on-air on TV-Asahi networks on December 29(30) 1999 from 2530-2800 (GMT+0900)
Check your local TV listings for channel and broadcast time.

Sakamoto Greeting on HMV Japan Site
Sakamoto lends a greeting to commemorate the launch of the new HMV Japan site: http://www.hmv.co.jp/hmv/HMVinfo/message/index.html#

Sakamoto Scores Oshima Film
Ryuichi Sakamoto has finally emerged from the studio after composing and performing the score for Nagisa Oshima's Gohatto. Gohatto stars Beat Takeshi, Ryuhei Matsuda, and Shinji Takeda. More information about the film is available at http://www.shochiku.co.jp/gohatto/index.html . Look for the Gohatto soundtrack on Warner in Japan on December 10, 1999. Release information outside Japan will be announced soon.

Album Release Performance
To mark the simultaneous release of BTTB and Cinemage, we are pleased to announce a special performance at London's Royal Festival Hall on January 30, 2000. Stay tuned for performance details, ticket information, and additional appearance information throughout Europe and the US.

BTTB Release Dates Announced
Cinemage and BTTB to be Released Simultaneously on Sony Classical.
BTTB has already produced a #1 single that sold over 1 million copies in Japan alone, and has been named one of the 10 most significant releases of 1999 in Japan by Billboard. Now the rest of the world will get a chance to experience the magic of these 16 solo piano compositions. BTTB hits stores in Europe in January 2000, and the US on February 8, 2000.

Cinemage Release Dates Announced
Cinemage and BTTB to be Released Simultaneously on Sony Classical.
Cinemage is scheduled for European release in January 2000, and US release February 8, 2000 on Sony Classical. As described in the album's liner notes, "Cinemage. It is an intriguing syncretism and the ideal title for this album, a collection of pieces that Ryuichi Sakamoto composed mostly as aural accompaniment to visual events - but that exist on their own as pure music, evocative and compelling without any external program." Cinemage features a recently recorded version of "Forbidden Colours" with vocals by David Sylvian.

"Life" Performances and Webcast Commence
Ryuichi Sakamoto's Life performances have begun in Osaka and Tokyo; access the Life URL: http://life.sitesakamoto.com/ to participate.

Sakamoto Single Reaches #1 On Japan Charts
Ryuichi Sakamoto's "Ura BTTB" reached #1 on Japan's Original Confidence Singles Chart this week, a first for an instrumental piano piece in Japan's pop charts history.  Ura BTTB is from the CD entitled BTTB, ("Back to the Basic"), set for an April 2000 worldwide (except Japan) release on Sony Classical.

"Untitled 01" Featured In DDDIII
Music by Ryuichi Sakamoto, including Untitled 01, is featured in the U.S. premiere of Robert Wilson's  THE DAYS BEFORE Death, Destruction & Detroit III. The opera is part of the Lincoln Center Festival 99, with five performances taking place at The New York State Theater: Wednesday, July 7 (Festival opening night) at 7:00 p.m.; Thursday, July 8 at 8 p.m.; Friday, July 9 at 8 p.m.; and Saturday, July 10, at 2 and 8 p.m. . Tickets: $75, $60, $40, $22, & $15, and can be purchased through the Lincoln Center Festival Hotline (212-875-5928), or at http://www.lincolncenter.org/festival.

"Life" Performances Sold Out
Within four hours of going on sale, tickets for all performances of "Life" in Osaka and Tokyo were sold out. Fans in Japan may be added to a waiting list (in case of reservation cancellation) by calling the "Life" offices at 0180-99-3433.

Love is the Devil Soundtrack Released in Japan
Asphodel has teamed up with Flavour of Sound in Japan to release a special edition of this critically acclaimed soundtrack. The Japanese version features two live bonus tracks!

Discord nominated for Edison Music Award
Nominated for Best Instrumental CD
Award ceremony March 5, 1999

Announcing Cinemage
Cinemage will be released worldwide (except Japan) in early 2000 by Sony Classical. This release includes new orchestral versions of The Last Emperor, El Mar Mediterrani (from the opening ceremonies of the 1992 Summer Olympics), and Forbidden Colours, with vocals recently recorded by David Sylvian.

 

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