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Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda and async at the Park Avenue Armory

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Streamed December 16 through December 22

Visionary musician, artist, and composer extraordinaire Ryuichi Sakamoto has been a major innovator in musical genres ranging from experimental, electronic, and hip hop to film scores. Pushing boundaries and disregarding established definitions, Sakamoto (who trained in classical music and ethnomusicology), cofounded in the late 1970s the Yellow Magic Orchestra, pioneers in the use of synthesizers, sequencers, and digital recording technology, and key to the development of electronic genres such as synthpop, J-pop, and technopop.

Winning Academy Awards or Golden Globe nominations for his film scores for The Sheltering Sky, The Revenant, and The Last Emperor, Sakamoto continues to challenge aesthetic conventions. Two films—Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda and the concert film async at the Park Avenue Armory—portray a life marked by tragedy as well as creativity and triumph.