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Vote M2/S & RS in New Sounds Listener Poll
It's that time of year again.....for the 17th year running you can voice your opinion in WNYC's New Sounds Listener Poll. WNYC has compiled a list of what they consider to be the year's most notable new releases, including Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto's Casa, as well as Ryuichi Sakamoto's Ultimate Solo, Ultimate Film, and Commercial/Television releases! The list is now open for online voting, and the top vote-getters will be broadcast on the New Sounds Listener Poll show on January 9, 2003. You can also tune into host John Schaefer's show on January 8th to listen to his personal choices for the best of 2002. The voting booth is opened through 1:00 AM on January 9th at http://www.wnyc.org/music/poll.html .

Don't forget, you can also still listen to the memorable M2/S Winter Garden performance at WNYC.com as well....... http://www.wnyc.org/shows/newsounds/episodes/11262002

Casa Named Top 10 Latin Music CD of 2002
The editors of Amazon.com have spoken, and Casa from M2/S has been named one of the Top 10 Latin Music CDs released in 2002. We'd like to congratulate Jaques Morelenbaum, who makes the list twice! In addition to performing on Caetano Veloso's Live in Bahia, Jaques also served as musical director and producer of Veloso's latest acclaimed release.

Check out all of the top releases of 2002 at Amazon.com.

Sony's Casa Contest & Casa in the News
Sony Classical's free VIP Club brings members exclusive content, videos, discounts, and more. Now they're giving you a chance to win a signed Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto press shot, poster, and a copy of Casa. Take a moment to register for the VIP Club at http://vipweb.sonyclassical.com, and enter for your chance to get this signed Casa prize pack.

After you register, swing on over to Gramophone's site to check out their interview with Ryuichi about the Casa project. The interview can be found at: http://www.gramophone.co.uk/interviews_detail.asp?id=1353

Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto Broadcast November 25th
Due to popular demand, the recent Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto performance from the Winter Garden in New York will air on WNYC and on the web on Monday, November 25th beginning at 11:00 PM. For those of you in the NYC area, you can tune into host John Schaefer's "New Sounds Live" program at 93.9 FM to hear the performance. There will also be a webstream simulcast of the concert, also beginning at 11:00 PM, available at: www.wnyc.org/asx/wnycfm.asx .

The concert will be available on demand from WNYC.org beginning November 26th at: http://www.wnyc.org/shows/newsounds/episodes/11262002

Casa Enters Amazon's Top 100
M2/S is all the rage in Amazon.com land...Casa broke through the retail giant's Top 100 list, and was ranked as high as the site's #5 best selling CD. Since we have so many visitors to the CD's page recently, we want to spruce it up a little and let people know what a great CD this is! If you love Casa like we think you do, please take a minute and share your feelings with the world by writing a quick review at the Casa page on Amazon.com.

Just to keep it interesting, we'll randomly select one reviewer to receive a signed M2/S photo. While you're at Amazon, don't forget to buy a few copies of Casa for friends and family for the holidays!

Casa Featured on NPR's All Things Considered
Casa recently received the seal of approval from NPR's program All Things Considered. The review is currently available online in the NPR archives.

Derrida Opens in Los Angeles
All of you out in the greater LA area, don't forget to get out to see Derrida, which opens tonight, Friday, November 8th for a one week run only at the NUART theater. Our suggestion is to attend the 7:30 screening on the 8th or 9th, when directors Amy Ziering Kofman and Kirby Dick will be on hand for a special Q&A session following the film.

The rave reviews for Derrida also continue to roll in - check out today's LA Times review that calls Derrida "An Invigorating Portrait of an Analytical Mind". More information about nationwide Derrida openings is available at the Derrida movie web site.

M2/S Help Reopen WFC's Winter Garden with Free Performance
The fact that the glass structure know as the Winter Garden was still standing after September 11th was almost unbelievable. After a full year of renovation the World Financial Center's Winter Garden once again opened to the public on September 11, 2002. This week, with the help of Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto, the Winter Garden will once again be the home of great, free concerts.

As part of WYNC host John Schaefer's New Sounds Live public radio series, Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto return to NYC for a special performance at the Winter Garden, located at 220 Vesey Street, on Wednesday, November 6th at 6:30 PM. Once again, the trio will be joined onstage by guitarist Luiz Brasil and percussionist Marcelo Costa.

Brian De Palma's Femme Fatale in Theaters Nov. 5th
Ryuichi Sakamoto's latest collaboration with Brian DePalma, Femme Fatale, makes its US premiere on Tuesday, November 5th, and rolls out nationwide on the 6th. Y ou won't want to miss the film the San Francisco Examiner has called "Ingeniously twisty and audaciously twisted, Brian De Palma's most stylish and self-assured film in years." Femme Fatale marks Rebecca Romijn-Stamos' (X-Men, Rollerball) confident move into a leading role alongside co-star Antonio Banderas.

Check out the official film site for a peak at the trailer, pics, bios, downloads, and even a little sneak preview of Sakamoto's "Rage" at http://femmefatalemovie.warnerbros.com .

M2/S Live on Sessions@AOL
M2/S took a break from their recent tour to visit with the good folks at AOL for an exclusive interview and performance for their Sessions@AOL program. The performance, recorded live in NYC, and interview are available on demand at AOL keyword Classical, or on the Netscape Network on the web.

Derrida's Coming to a Screen Near You
In the midst of a successful run at NYC's Film Forum, the Sakamoto-scored Derrida has been enjoying rave reviews. More news is expected soon regarding international distribution of the film. In the meantime, those of you in the Los Angeles area will be able to catch Derrida at the Nuart Theater beginning November 8th. Please call 310.478.6379 for more info. Also, be sure to tune into KCRW (89.9 FM) for a chance to win a copy of the Derrida soundtrack.

Please visit the film's Yahoo mini-site for a link to recent reviews, and check out www.derridathemovie.com to find out when Derrida's coming to your town.

Alexei & the Spring Hits LA
The award-winning film Alexei and the Spring makes its stateside debut this Friday in Los Angeles:

September 20 - 26
Laemmle Theatres,
11523 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Tel.310-478-1041 ext. 203

Rave Reviews for Casa Live
The amazing reviews keep rolling in. Check out the LA Times review of the M2/S Knitting Factory performance.

After NYC, it's off to Europe, so be sure to get your tickets!

Casa Released in USA
Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto's Casa is on sale now in the US. The CD is available at a store near you, or it can be purchased online from Amazon.com .

International release information will be posted as soon as it is available.

RFH On Sale Now/New M2/S Section Goes Live
Tickets for Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto's The Song's the Thing performance at Royal Festival Hall in London, September 21st, are available online now at the RFH site.

We've also launched a new M2/S section on sitesakamoto that gives you an inside look at the Casa project, live photos, tour dates, video footage, and more. Please take a look at our Projects section.

Stay tuned for additional M2/S ticket information!

M2/S Announces Casa Tour
In anticipation of the August 20th Sony Classical release of Casa, Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto have announced US and European legs of their ongoing world tour. The live installment of Casa gets underway with a two night stand at the legendary Bimbo's 365 Club in San Francisco, and wraps in the US with an unprecedented four night, eight show run at NYC's Joe's Pub. Things get underway in Europe with a return visit to the Royal Festival Hall on September 21st as part of The Song's The Thing. M2/S will be joined by guest musicians Luiz Brasil on violao, and percussionist Marcelo Costa during the tour.

Ryuichi's especially looking forward to getting out on the road to share the Casa experience with all of you, "As I finished my piano solo during the recording of the first track, the sharp sound of a bird calling came through the open window, and it was exactly as if Jobim was laughingly saying to me, ironically, 'Hey, Sakamoto, that's my piano. Play it tenderly.' When Paula Morelenbaum told this story to Jobim's widow, Ana, in New York, she got goose bumps. During this tour, I hope we can recreate this type of atmosphere so the audience can feel exactly what this whole experience was like for us."

A complete M2/S tour schedule is available online at POLLSTAR.com

Sakamoto to Participate in La Milanesiana June 25th
Ryuichi will join forces with Setsuko Klossowska de Rola as part of the third annual La Milanesiana in Milan, Italy on June 25th at 9:30 PM at Palazzo Isimbardi. Dubbed "Laptop Oriental Images," Ryuichi will have two laptops and a piano on hand for improvisation with the projected images of Ms. Klossowska de Rola's art, and her readings of selected text. The widow of famed artist Balthus, Ms. Klossowska de Rola has devoted her life to painting, and showing, through images, the synthesis of the life between East and West. The performance will be followed by a question and answer session with the artists.

La Milanesiana, which runs through July 15th, is an official event of the Provincia di Milano. Admission is open to the public, but space is limited. For additional information, please visit www.provincia.milano.it, or email cultura@provincia.milano.it

Femme Fatale Opens Strong in France
Check out a sample clip of Ryuichi's soundtrack for Brian DePalma's latest film, Femme Fatale, currently number one at the box office in France: http://www.sitesakamoto.com/whatsnew/femmefatale.html

Two New Releases In Stores May 15th
The music from the DVD Book project Elephantism and music from the NHK Special 2002, Kenkaku no Seiki, will both be available on CD in Japan from Warner Music on May 15th. Get more information and take a listen to a sample of Great Africa from Elephantism here:

http://www.warnermusic.co.jp/artists/domestic/sakamoto/index.html

Don't forget, you can also get more info about the DVD release at http://dvdbook.net/, and visit the official NHK project site at http://www.nhk.or.jp/henkaku

David Sylvian on Tour Now
Our good friend David Sylvian is currently on tour in the US, and you can catch him live in NYC on Sunday, May 5 at 8:00 PM at Town Hall. Town Hall's located at 123 West 43rd Street, and tickets are available through Charge by Phone at 212-307-4100.

English Info for DVD Book "Elephantism"
Details on the DVD book "Elephantism" are now available in English at http://www.sitesakamoto.com/whatsnew/elephantism.html including background on this new form of novel, and where you can purchase it.

Even though this a Japanese release (also Japanese language), the DVD is region-free, so those outside Japan can experience it. We'll also have some info available soon about a CD release of the music from Elephantism.

New DVD Book "Elephantism" Available for Order
Advance orders are currently being accepted for the new DVD Book "Elephantism." Join Ryuichi as he travels to Africa, birthplace of the human race, to find answers to many timely questions like: Why did the human first stand up on their legs? What did we lose once we began to walk on two legs? What did we gain? Why are we so aggressive? The war against terrorism is a so called "historical turning point," so what must human beings learn? Is it possible to go back to our roots as an intelligent human race?

This special DVD Book is also going to be loaded with new music written for this project. Elephantism will be available in finer bookstores & music shops across Japan on April 29th, but if you get your advance order in now, you also get a shot to win a trip for two to Africa or autographed items brought back from the trip!

Additional information is available at the official Elephantism website, http://dvdbook.net/ - in Japanese only. We will have additional information available in English for you here soon.

Minha Vida in Stores Today
"Minha Vida Como um Filme" (My Life as a Film) is in stores today in Japan only. "Minha Vida" features original music written for the films "Derrida" and "Alexei and the Spring." Exciting things are happening for both films, as they continue to make the festival rounds and receive rave reviews. Now you can enjoy the music to these films prior to their theatrical release. Stay tuned for International release information for "Minha Vida Como um Filme."

Audio samples and additional info are available at http://www.warnermusic.co.jp/artists/domestic/sakamoto/index.html

Alexei Wins in Berlin
Congratulations to Motohashi Seiichi and everyone involved in the making of Alexei & the Spring. "Alexei" has been announced as the winner of the Readers' Prize of the Berliner Zeitung, awarded by the jury for the best film in the Forum at the Berlin Film Festival. Alexei & the Spring also received a special mention in the Don Quixote Prize of the International Federation of Film Societies category.

For a complete list of winners, please visit The 52nd Berlin International Film Festival site.

Derrida Gets Props in the Press
The glowing reviews of the "Derrida" premiere at Sundance continue to roll in. Here's what Rolling Stone & the Village Voice had to say

"...these choices seem tame compared with Derrida, a potent and profound investigation into the philosophy of French deconstructionist Jacques Derrida, which won nothing." -- Rolling Stone Magazine

"One of the most skillful docs at Sundance doubled as a philosophical experiment in portraiture. Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman's DERRIDA avoids a deconstruction primer, instead positioning itself as a powerful demonstration of the French thinker's theories...." --Village Voice

For links to more reviews, please visit www.derridathemovie.com

Comica Info Online Now
Head on over to the WEA Japan site for more information about Ryuichi's upcoming solo release "Comica." There's even a preview of the cover art available. Comica will be released in Japan on February 27th.

NHK Special '02 Site Up & Running
Ryuichi recently completed composing and recording the theme music for NHK's Special 2002, check out the program's site for additional information. Sorry, this one's only available in Japanese right now.

Alexei & the Spring Heads to Berlin
Congratulations to the makers of the Sakamoto-scored "Alexei & the Spring," which will premiere outside of Japan at the Berlin International Film Festival in February. This film tells the fascinating story of Alexei, "They say it's important to be of use to the place you were born. You can't run away from your fate, or from yourself. That's why I stayed here;" his village in Belarus, "In this village, to work is to eat. Your hands, feet, your whole body becomes a tool for digging;" the spring, "Drink the water of the spring with hope and joy. Its water will cure the ills of your bodies and your minds;" and a horrible nuclear disaster known simply as Chernobyl, "I remember that day...it was April 26, 1986. I'd been planting potatoes. It started as I was coming back to the house. There was a strong wind blowing. The sky turned an orange color...In a contaminated village, on land that provides life, crystal water flows forth from a spring."

Alexei and the Spring can be seen in Berlin at the following times
Thursday, Feb 7 1630 Delphi
Friday, Feb 8 1530 CinemaxX3
Saturday, Feb 9 1400 Babylon
Saturday, Feb 9 1930 Arsenal

For more information about the Berlin International Film Festival, please visit http://www.berlinale.de

New Releases Coming Soon!
Things are about to get busy on the release front for Ryuichi. Here's a look at what will be coming out in the months ahead

"Comica" - New Original Album! Street Date Feb 27

"Minha Vida Como un Filme" - Street Date March 27

"A Book of Africa" [New DVD+Book from SOTOKOTO+TBS] expected release date May 5, 2002

Music for NHK Special 2002 + Music from "A Book of AFRICA" expected release date May 22, 2002

We'll be posting more information about each project as we get closer to the release dates, so check back soon!

 

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