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Morelenbaum² & Sakamoto


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He is probably best known for his score for Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor, which won him an Oscar, a Grammy, a Golden Globe and the New York, Los Angeles and British Film Critics Association awards for best original soundtrack.
His work has included collaborations with a wide range of musical artists, including David Bowie, Youssou N’dour, Iggy Pop, Brian Wilson and David Byrne. Sakamoto also composed and conducted the opening ceremony of the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

Such is the diversity of Sakamoto’s talents that his early work, as a part of the Yellow Music Orchestra (YMO), is widely recognised as having an influence on rave, techno and ambient movements.
True to his own maxim that the only constant in life is change, composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto has embarked on a new project with fellow musicians Jaques and Paula Morelenbaum (entitled Morelenbaum² / Sakamoto) This collaboration sees Sakamoto totally immersed in the compositions of another musician, Brazilian maestro Antonio Carlos (‘Tom’) Jobim.
Casa, their new CD released on September 2nd, is a collection of hidden treasures and some previously unrecorded material written by Jobim, recorded in his house in Rio last year on the very piano at which the pioneer of bossa nova composed so much of his material, and performed by Ryuichi Sakamoto on piano, Jaques Morelenbaum on cello and Paula Morelenbaum as vocalist.

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