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Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto: TWO

Ryuichi Sakamoto + Alva Noto

Pioneering Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto and experimental electronic musician Alva Noto blend minimal piano with glitchy beats as they revisit their ongoing collaboration.

Sakamoto and Alva Noto first began collaborating by trading files that would eventually form 2002’s Vrioon. Since then, they’ve released numerous albums, including their soundtrack to the 2015 film The Revenant and, most recently, the improvised live LP Glass. Throughout their work together, they’ve found a synergy that’s reflected in tonight’s performance, entitled Two. Sakamoto’s spacious and searching piano mingles with Alva Noto’s frequency-bending electronics, combining improvisation and new material.

Neither artist is a stranger to collaborative work. Sakamoto, who was one third of pioneering band Yellow Magic Orchestra, has worked with Brian Wilson, David Sylvian, Iggy Pop and others, and had a remarkable solo career. Alva Noto has worked with the likes of Ryoji Ikeda and Scanner and performed here at the Barbican in March 2018.

Produced by the Barbican in association with Thirty Three Thirty Three.

This concert is the launch event of their summer series of arts and music, MODE: curated by Ryuichi Sakamoto. Further announcements to follow.


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