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Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto’s new album captures a 2018 performance at the Sydney Opera House

Weird, experimental, radical: that’s probably how we would try to describe the indescribable live performance of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto at the Sydney Opera House last year.

Omnipresent since his return with the very cool async — his first album in eight years since Out of Noise in 2009 — Ryuichi Sakamoto has just announced a new live album with Alva Noto. It’s the eighth time that the Japanese maestro and the German minimalist have merged their music universes, after having produced five albums, one major film score and an EP.

Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto’s 2018 performance at the Sydney Opera House will be be released on the new live album TWO on November 15.

Their new collaboration, TWO, captures the esteemed duo’s 2018 performance at the Sydney Opera House, which features a mixture of live improvisation and renditions of pieces taken from their collaborative back catalog, including their score for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant.

The full 15-track album arrives on November 15th, but to give you a taste of things to come, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto have just released their live rendition of The Revenant theme song, a score they worked on together alongside The National’s Bryce Dessner. It’s dense, climatic, and vibrant.

The timing is perfect. The electronic scene is currently raving about vintage pop and new age Japanese artists, and Ryuichi Sakamoto is undoubtedly one of the all time greats. 

Pre-order your copy of TWO here.

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October 10, 2019