Here are some words about my experience of Sakamoto live.Let others tell you (or me, but later) about the content of the program, new compositions and fresh arrangements. Now I want to talk about the main thing that defines for me the essence, the primary value of Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto.
When you are in the same room with Ryuichi, you begin to understand, why many people, who communicated with him in person, talk about him: "extremely cool". He's incredibly charming. He radiates positive energy, just talking with team members before the concert, leaning over shoulder of a girl, sitting at the computer. I really don’t know, what it is, but when I saw him, I just stopped and stared… He shines a joyful willingness to pour himself out into the world by music and smile. He looks younger, more flexible, more energetic, lighter than on youtube videos.
You feel exuberance of vital and creative power in him; you can see it, for example, in a slight coquetry, a sort of a graceful laziness, with which he comes out from the piano to the proscenium for bow. He has enough power after he has played a concert of incredible sophistication, richness, emotionality and drive – to flirt a little, to slightly, barely noticeable flex body ...
But it’s all just trifle, a story-teller's introduction. Tale will come.
The main story is shining. A huge black empty space of the Kampnagel hall (a former factory shop). A note drops. And lasts and shines. And dying away, enhances radiance of emptiness. Sound goes into light. Light goes into sound. Infinite silence and emptiness of blackness rise behind them, nourish them, from clearly presenting density produce interdependent sound and light. Emptiness and blackness shine, set off by luminous sound, sounding light.Fading sound makes the shine quite distinct. Fading sound by its dissolution in the silence dissolves the border between being and nothingness, between emptiness and manifestation. Such an experience of presence in the tremulous, instantaneous Genesis - is ineffable. Delightful. Miraculous.
Sakamoto is the master to exercise our ability to experience joy from the contemplation of how the Absolute = Vacuum = Darkness = Mother before our eyes gives birth to the phenomenal world.