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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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
|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
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
"...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
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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