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|A Day In The Life|
|Tokyo Broadcasting System's (TBS) program "Jyonetsu Tairiku" (The Continent of Passion) will take a behind the scenes look at a few days in the life of Ryuichi Sakamoto on Christmas Eve (12/24) from 1100 - 1130 PM (Japan). The TBS crew spent several days with Ryuichi in Tokyo and New York to find out how he's spending his time on a typical day. TBS is Channel 6 in Tokyo, please check your local listings in other areas.|
|Well, You Can't Actually Buy Him . . .|
|Two locations of Barneys New York in Japan have created a special Ryuichi Sakamoto window display for the holidays that must be seen to be believed. The special Sakamoto displays can be seen at the Barneys New York Shinjuku Store and Barneys New York Yokohama Store from now through January 4th. For information about the store locations, check out http://www.barneys.co.jp/home.html|
|You Say Gohatto, I Say Taboo|
|The wait is over! Sakamoto's original motion picture
soundtrack for Nagisa Oshima's latest film Gohatto is now available in the US from
Milan/BMG. Both the film and the soundtrack have been released under the title
"Taboo" in the US.
|Lack of Love CD|
|While the outcome of the US presidential election may
be in doubt, there is one thing we can tell you for sure - Ryuichi Sakamoto's L.O.L./Lack
of Love CD is in stores in Japan now. Originally created for a game of the same name, now
you can enjoy the musical experience and create your own visuals with the new CD available
from Warner Music Japan.
Read the liner notes - an interview with Ryuichi about the music of L.O.L.:
English | Japanese
|Sakamoto & Friends in a Lobby Near You|
|How far will Ryuichi take this BTTB theme? Well, if you're a fan in London, toss the tea cup for a few minutes and head over to the Great Eastern Hotel, Liverpool Street, London EC2M, at about 500 PM on Saturday, 7/29. We're sure you'll enjoy the hotel's entertainment for the day!|
|Summer 2000 Tour Dates|
|Update: Please note venue clarifications
|Sony Classical is offering a free BTTB screensaver
download at their site, www.ryuichi-sakamoto.com
The screensaver features snippets of four songs from BTTB. Spread the word!
|Live Webcast from the 34th Montreux Jazz Festival|
|Well not quite live, but as soon as the good folks at Montreux Jazz Festival can get it online, you can see Ryuichi Sakamoto's first performance from the legendary festival along with special guests Sharyn Chimedtseye (Mongolian Long Songstress extraordinaire), Jaques Morelenbaum (Cello), Sonia Slany (violin), and some crazy dj who keeps following us around. The performance takes place live from Montreux, Switzerland on Sunday, July 9th at 900 PM in Miles Davis Hall. Check www.montreuxjazz.com and the "live" listings after show time!|
|Exclusive Sakamoto Downloads Available|
|When it came time to release BTTB, Sony Classical was faced with an interesting problem - too much great material! Unfortunately, there wasn't enough room to include everything on the release, so several songs have never been available outside of Japan...until now. For a limited time you can download "Distant Echo" and "Sonata," two previously unreleased (outside of Japan) tracks from the BTTB recording sessions at TowerRecords.com.|
|Mainichi Newspaper Interview|
|Ryuichi's latest interview for Mainichi Newspaper Evening Edition is now available online: Japanese English|
|Summer 2000 Tour Dates|
|Nagisa Oshima's "Gohatto" Competes at Cannes|
|The Sakamoto scored "Gohatto" received some
positive reviews after its showing at Cannes this week. Check
out the full review.
The film opens in France today (5/17), and the original motion picture score is available in France now on Milan/BMG. Release information for the film and soundtrack in other countries will be available soon.
|London Performance Announced|
|Ryuichi returns to London on July 28 when he performs
at Sadler's Wells. The program includes a DJ performance, solo piano music from BTTB, as
well as pieces from "Life" and the upcoming soundtrack to Nagisa Oshima's Gohatto.
Special guests for this show include cellist Jaques Morelenbaum and violinist Sonia Slany.
Tickets are £15-27.50. Contact the box office at 020 7863 8000, or online at www.ticketweb.co.uk
|New Song Preview|
|Those of you who caught Ryuichi live in the US heard a
new song called "Lost Child" that made its live debut during the tour. The song
was literally written days before the Los Angeles launch of the tour for the television
series "Eien no Ko."
Check out "Lost Child" and "Kowareta Kokoro," featuring vocals by Miki Nakatani, here before each song is released as a maxi-single on May 17th in Japan
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|Sakamoto Supports Jubilee 2000|
|Ryuichi Sakamoto has joined in the efforts of Jubilee
2000 to help erase the unpayable debts of the World's poorest countries http://www.sitesakamoto.com/Jubilee2000/
Jubilee 2000 is an international movement in over 40 countries advocating a debt-free start to the Millennium for a billion people. Over 50 countries in the world have debts that will never be paid back but continue to be paid daily with people's lives. The United Nations Development Program in 1997 stated that 21 million children's lives could be saved if the money used for debt service was put into health and education.
More information about Jubilee 2000 is available at http://www.jubilee2000uk.org/
|Live Webcast Saturday March 25|
|Ryuichi's performance from Philadelphia's Theater of
Living Arts on March 25 was webcast live.
We'll be updating this space soon with a list of major sites that will be offering this webcast in the future on an "on demand" basis.
|Sakamoto Live on Philadelphia/National Radio|
|Tune in for special interviews and performances prior
to the launch of Ryuichi Sakamoto's East coast dates in support of BTTB & Cinemage
Wednesday, March 22nd, Philadelphia, PA
11:00 AM - WHYY 91 FM "Radio Times" Interview & Performance Radio Times welcomes your phone calls during the morning live broadcast. The number is 1-888-477-WHYY. You can catch the performance online at http://whyy.org/91FM/live.html
5:30 PM - WRTI 90.1 FM Interview Tune in for the streaming broadcast at http://www.wrti.org/
Ryuichi's also taping an interview & performance for future broadcast at WXPN for the World Cafe program. Stay tuned for broadcast date.
|Korea Date Announced|
|"Ryuichi Sakamoto World Tour 2000 -BTTB-" ,
with Ryuichi Sakamoto's very first performance in Korea, is announced.
Tickets on sale from March 23th,2000
|Pre-Tour MSN Chat|
|Get those questions ready for Ryuichi as he joins MSN
host Taylor Johnson on the eve of the BTTB US Tour. The chat is live Wednesday, March 15th
at 900 PM EST/600 PM.
Update: The chat transcript is
|2 New Japanese Maxi Singles in May|
|Two Maxi Singles will be released in Japan on May 17th.
One is Ryuichi's single entitled "LOST CHILD", which he has written and produced
for the main theme of a Japanese TV Drama series titled "Eien no Ko", based on
the best seller mystery novel "Eien no Ko" by Arata Tendo. The series starts on
April 10th on Channel 4 (in Tokyo Area, please refer to local listings).
The second single is for Miki Nakatani's "KOWARETA KOKORO" , written and produced by Ryuichi. This song will be also used in this TV Drama series; Miki Nakatani is the one of the leading actress in it. These maxi singles are being released in Japan only through Warner Music Japan.
Ryuichi Sakamoto " LOST CHILD "
Catalog # WPC6-10085
Catalog # WPC6-10087
|Live On-Air Performance/Interview in LA|
|Tune in to KCRW - 89.9 FM in the Los Angeles area on
Wednesday, March 15th at 11:15 a.m. PST for a special on-air performance and interview
with Ryuichi on "Morning Becomes Eclectic" with host Nic Harcourt.
For those outside the LA area, you can listen to KCRW online at www.kcrw.org/online
|Sakamoto on WindowsMedia.com|
|Free music downloads of "Reversing" from BTTB
and "The Last Emperor" from Cinemage are available for a limited time on
Also featured are music and interview videos: Ryuichi talks about his career, and videos for "The Last Emperor" from Cinemage and "Energy Flow" from BTTB.
Check it out now at http://www.windowsmedia.com/preview/sakamoto/sakamoto.asp
|EU Tour Photos|
|While sold-out crowds were watching Ryuichi across
Europe, what was catching Ryuichi's attention? Check out his EU Tour photos.......
|Los Angeles Venue Change|
|Due to an overwhelming response from fans in Los
Angeles, Ryuichi Sakamoto's March 16th show (initially scheduled for the El Rey Theater)
has been moved to The Palace. All tickets purchased for the El Rey Theater show will be
honored at The Palace on the day of the performance.
Ryuichi Sakamoto will be appearing Thursday, March 16, 8:00 p.m., at The Palace, 1735 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA. Tickets are $25
|Error in BTTB U.S. Pressing|
|Due to a manufacturing error at the CD pressing plant
in the U.S., some copies of B T T B have been shipped with track 16,
"Reversing", missing from the disc. If you believe you have purchased one of
these defective CDs, please click here for information on downloading this track.
Defective CDs have been recalled, and corrected CDs have already shipped to affected outlets.
|B&N.com Interviews Sakamoto|
|Ryuichi Sakamoto recently chatted with Barnes & Noble.com about Cinemage and BTTB. Check out the feature and find out why it took so long to release a solo piano record, at bn.com . Be sure to take advantage of the special prices while you're there!|
|BTTB and Cinemage Released in U.S.|
|Sakamoto's latest releases, BTTB and Cinemage, are now
available in the U.S. Ask your local music retailer for these indispensible additions to
the Sakamoto catalog.
Check out a review for BTTB in Time Magazine
|Sakamoto on BBC World Service Radio|
|Tune in to BBC World Service Radio's "Outlook Program" on Thursday, January 27th at 1205 PM (UK) to hear Ryuichi Sakamoto discuss his new releases Cinemage and BTTB. You'll also get to hear some tracks from both albums!|
|U.S. Performances Announced|
|Euro Tix Info|
|Tickets are available on line now for European
performances at the following locations:
Ticket outlets for each German performance can be found at http://www.musix.de
|Joe's Pub Cinemage/BTTB Preview Sold-Out|
|We told you tickets for this one would go quickly! Stay tuned for US Tour information.|
|US Cinemage/BTTB Sneak Preview|
|Ryuichi Sakamoto and Sony Classical celebrate the US
release of Cinemage and BTTB with a brief solo piano performance/preview at Joe's Pub in
NYC on Monday, January 10th. Tickets are extremely limited, so get in touch with Joe's
Joe's Pub is located at 425 Lafayette Street between East 4th and Astor - take the N train to Broadway and 8th, or the 6 train to Astor Place. Tickets are available by calling 212-539-8778.
|2000 European Live Performance Schedule Announced|
|BTTB and Cinemage Release Dates Announced|
|BTTB and Cinemage to be Released Simultaneously on Sony
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.
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.
BTTB and Cinemage hit stores in Europe in January 2000, and the US on February 8, 2000.
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