Supported by the Film Fest Gent’s World Soundtrack Awards that will take place this week, Ryuichi Sakamoto – Music For Film is the third release from the series and second on Silva Screen Records. Each year an eminent film music composer is invited to present their work during the annual World Soundtrack Awards Ceremony & Concert closing event. As part of the celebrations, Film Fest Gent and partner Brussels Philharmonic record a CD of their music in advance of the concert. This year’s guest of honour is Ryuichi Sakamoto who will be the recipient of the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award tomorrow evening.
Having listened to the album already, I can say that it definitely is a must-have for every fan of his work – but also for everyone who appreciates extremely intimate, mostly minimalistic contemporary music combining creative influences from the Asian with those from the Western world.
The CD will be released on November 18 and include the following tracks:
- Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence Main Theme (From “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence”)
- Endroll (From “The Last Emperor”)
- Rain (From “The Last Emperor”)
- The Sheltering Sky Main Theme (From “The Sheltering Sky”)
- High Heels Main Theme (From “High Heels”)
- Wild Palms Main Theme (From “Wild Palms”)
- Acceptance (From “Little Buddha”)
- Snake Eyes Main Theme (long version) (From “Snake Eyes”)
- Bolerisch (From “Femme Fatale”)
- Bibo No Aozora (From”Babel”)
- Small Hope (From “Hara-Kiri(Ichimei)”)
- Yae No Sakura Opening Theme (From “Yae No Sakura”)
- The Revenant Main Theme (From “The Revenant”)
About Ryuichi Sakamoto
As composer, performer, producer, and environmentalist, few artists have as diverse a résumé and fan base as that of Ryuichi Sakamoto. Sakamoto’s work has spanned vast musical territories, from pioneering electronic music as a member of Yellow Magic Orchestra to crafting globally inspired rock albums, classical compositions, a stretch of minimal/ambient music collaborations, and over thirty ﬁlm scores. His work has been recognized with accolades including an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, a Grammy, the Order of the Cavaleiro Admissão from the government of Brazil, and the coveted Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the government of France.
Throughout his artistic career, Sakamoto has collaborated with David Bowie, David Sylvian, dramatist Robert Wilson, author William S Burroughs, His Holiness The Dalai Lama and more recently with electronic artists Alva Noto, Christian Fennesz, Christopher Willits, and Taylor Deupree. Sakamoto also wrote music for the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and the 400th anniversary of the city of Mannheim, Germany and his stirring film opus includes Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor, Little Budha and The Sheltering Sky, Almodóvar’s High Heels, Brian De Palma’s Snake Eyes and Femme fatale, Iñárritu’s Babel and The Revenant.