Published Jan 14, 2015Ryuichi Sakamoto has been on a break since his throat cancer diagnosis this past summer, but fans will get an archival release in the form of a live album. Perpetual is a collaboration with (occasional recording partner) Taylor Deupree and Illuha, and it will be out this month through 12k.
The performance took place in July 2013 for the 10th anniversary of Japan's Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media. It was an improvised set featuring piano, guitar, pump organ, and synthesizers, and played out in three movements.
According to an announcement, the players "were taken aback by the level of listening and restraint that flowed between them. The audience sat in a breathless silence, the music offering a respite from the thick July air."
For a taste of what the improvisers cooked up, hear the third passage of Perpetual below. It mixes soft tones with tinkling piano and creaking, rustling found sounds.
The album will be out digitally and on CD on January 27.
1. Movement, 1
2. Movement, 2
3. Movement, 3