Fennesz & Ryuichi Sakamoto
Electronic music for piano and guitar.
A new collaboration between two highly regarded composers.
This live collaboration between Christian Fennesz and award-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto creates a new synergy between acoustic piano and electronic & electric guitar music. Subtle soundscapes by Fennesz counterbalance and manipulate Sakamoto's elegant piano phrasing, creating vivid dialogues between melody and texture, exploring the idea of electronic music as an inspiration for new musical structures.
Citing influences ranging from Beethoven to the Beatles, Ryuichi Sakamoto’s musical interests are unusually diverse: pop, techno-pop, jazz, bossa nova, classical, contemporary, acoustic, electric, music for the cinema, for the stage and world music.
For his part, Christian Fennesz has been a “must see” on the electronic music scene for several years, thanks both to his own particular musical world as well as his impeccable work in creating beautiful compositions for guitar. Somewhere between concrete music, classical and ambience sounds, he stretches musical resources and effects to create melodies and atmospheres that fuse classical and orchestral concepts with conceptual musical research and complex digital structures.
Their joint project has led to one of the most fruitful unions in current contemporary music. Creative and innovative each one in their own right, together they have been received by enthusiastic critical acclaim in the vanguard and cult music world.
Award-winning composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto has made a career of crossing musical and technological boundaries. Sakamoto has experimented with, and excelled in, many different musical styles, making a name for himself in popular, orchestral and film music. A founding member of Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO), Sakamoto has composed original scores for 18 major and independent films, including: Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Last Emperor, The Sheltering Sky, and most recently, Brian DePalma's Femme Fatale. Sakamoto was awarded both the Academy Award and Grammy for The Last Emperor score.
Recently Sakamoto has explored the music of Brasilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim with two releases under the group name Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto. The releases, Casa and A Day in New York, earned a great deal of critical praise, including Top Jazz Records of the Year honors from the New York Times and London Times respectively. Sakamoto recently released his latest solo project, Chasm.
With Ryuichi Sakamoto the only constant is change. The sheer breadth of musical styles he explores – even within one album – is central to his being as an artist. He feels no need to exist within musical boundaries, and he celebrates tearing them down. "This global view to the different cultures is just part of my nature. I want to break down the walls between genres, categories, or cultures. Instead of building walls or borders, I always try to combine different things. To me, it's challenging and exciting."
At the frontier of contemporary music is Fennesz: a meticulous laptop conceptualist who weaves tangible melodies and glowing guitars through dense, symphonic electronica.
Fennesz uses guitar and computer to create shimmering, swirling electronic sound of enormous range and complex musicality. "Imagine the electric guitar severed from cliche and all of its physical limitations, shaping a bold new musical language." - (City Newspaper, USA).
Christian Fennesz is know from his own particular musical world as well as his impeccable work in creating beautiful compositions for guitar. Somewhere between concrete music, classical and ambience sounds, he stretches musical resources and effects to create melodies and atmospheres that fuse classical and orchestral concepts with conceptual musical research and complex digital structures.
He has been recording and also performing with Ryuichi Sakamoto and playing live with Keith Rowe, Sparklehorse, Mike Patton and many others.
Fennesz has also worked alongside Peter Rehberg and Jim O'Rourke in the improvisional trio Fenn O'Berg, and with David Sylvian who sang on his album "Venice" and for whom Fennesz composed the music for the song "A Fire in the Forest" for Davd Sylvian album “Blemish”.
Fennesz and Sakamoto released a collaborative album entitled “cendre”: “Ryuichi Sakamoto and Christian Fennesz blend the unstructured and imaginative qualities of improvisation with the satisfying sculpture of composition. Sakamoto's piano, his style reminiscent of Debussy and Satie, perfectly complements Fennesz with his powerful blend of shimmering guitar and passionate electronics.”