Who is Ryuichi Sakamoto?

Feature story - 10 October, 2007
Ryuichi Sakamoto is a composer who has made a career of crossing musical and technological boundaries. A founding member of Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO), Sakamoto has composed original scores for 20 films, including: Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence and The Last Emperor, which earned him an Oscar and a Grammy.

Composer, Ryuichi Sakamoto.

Sakamoto's recent releases include collaborations with Alva Noto (Insen), Christian Fennesz, (Cendre), and Christopher Willits (Ocean Fire). Sakamoto recently reunited with Yellow Magic Orchestra for one performance at Al Gore's Live Earth festival on 7/7/07 in Kyoto.

Rolling Stone magazine called YMO's performance the best reunion of the global festival.

Sakamoto is socially active, raising awareness about issues including the environment and anti-war efforts through projects including: Life, Zero Landmine, which raised millions of dollars for landmine removal, and stop-rokkasho, an evolving music and art project aimed at bringing attention to the dangers of a nuclear reprocessing plant which opened in Japan.

NEO the whale

Ryuichi Sakamoto named one of the whales tagged in the Cook Islands NEO after his son.

Commenting on the Great Whale Trail project Ryuichi Sakamoto said, "Human beings are so young in comparison to creatures like the whale and the elephant. There is so much we can learn from them about living in this world in a truly sustainable manner."

Ryuichi Sakamoto's website

Ryuichi Sakamoto's bio on wikipedia.