Saturday 8 September, 7.00 – 8.00pm
Camden Arts Centre presents a special one-off performance by internationally acclaimed composer, pianist and electronic music pioneer Ryuichi Sakamoto developed with exhibiting artist Yuko Mohri.
Responding to Mohri’s site-specific exhibition Voluta, Sakamoto’s performance will take the form of an experimental piano concert amongst Mohri’s installation. Using a reconfigured antique piano, the performance will draw on references in Mohri’s work to John Cage and Nam June Paik.
Please note that proof of identity is required for all tickets purchased.
Composer, performer, producer and environmentalist Ryuichi Sakamoto’s (b. 1952, Tokyo, Japan) 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.
Sakamoto has collaborated with Bernardo Bertolucci, Nam June Paik, and His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Since 3/11 in Japan, Sakamoto has been a strong advocate of support and aid for the victims of the earthquake, tsunami, and anthropogenic nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, launching charity organisations and the music event, NO NUKES. In responding to the consumerism of the 21st century, his politically conscious dynamism has cemented his reputation as a renaissance man.
In 2014, Sakamoto was forced to take the first major break of his career upon his diagnosis with throat cancer. Thanks to rest, friends, family, and fans were able to witness his return in just over a year, and he closed 2015 with 2 film scores: a collaborative score with Alva Noto for Alejandro González Iñárritu's Academy Award-winning The Revenant, and Yoji Yamada’s Nagasaki: Memories Of My Son. In 2017, besides releasing his 14th solo album async; Sakamoto gave performances at the Park Avenue Armory (NYC); composed the score for Korean film The Fortress (Hwang Dong-hyuk); along with Shiro Takatani created an audio/visual installation work, IS YOUR TIME, at the ICC in Tokyo; and the documentary Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA (Stephen Nomura Schible) was released.
Yuko Mohri (b. 1980, Kanagawa, Japan) is an artist whose installations detect invisible and intangible forces such as magnetism, gravity and light. In 2015, Mohri received a grant from the Asian Cultural Council for a residency in New York. She has participated in a number of exhibitions both in Japan and abroad, including the 14th Biennale de Lyon 2017 (France), Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016 (India) and the Yokohama Triennale 2014. Mohri is the Grand Prix winner of the Nissan Art Award 2015 and is also the recipient of Culture and Future Prize at the 65th Kanagawa Cultural Award in 2016 and the New Artist Award at the 67th Japanese Ministry of Education Award for Fine Arts in 2017.
Concessionary fees are available to attendees who are in receipt of housing and council tax benefits, income support, job seekers allowance or a state pension; full-time students with NUS cards or those who are registered disabled.
Please bring evidence of your concessionary status and show it to the ticketing staff on the day of the event.
Please note that bookings are non-transferable and non-refundable unless the event is cancelled by the Centre.
The space is wheelchair accessible. Please contact us if you have any additional access requirements.