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Dedicated To Ryuichi Sakamoto
Sakamoto fans unite
Nov.8, Kampnagel, Hamburg 
20th-Nov-2011 03:13 am
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.
20th-Nov-2011 12:22 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for this lovely and poetic little report. :) I've been wanting to share some impressions from his concert in Dortmund but didn't find the time so far. And heh, I actually didn't even know how to start because the whole experience was so overwhelming and I didn't knew how to do it justice. Lets just say that after listening to MCML live for the first time in my life I whispered to my sister "Now my life is complete" *g* and my sister told me that she didn't get a minute of sleep after the concert because her head was so full of music and impressions. :)

I think you described his charisma and charm beautifully. Really one of the best concerts I have ever been to (and I've been to hundreds because my parents are musicians/singers) and those three were magical. We were thrilled to see how some of the sounds from the Gohatto soundtrack were created and everything as so unpretentious and effordless.

PS: The two lads from Island were pretty impressive as well.
20th-Nov-2011 10:54 am (UTC)
Thank you for your responce and co-experience!
Yes, it's hard to express, what and how he does. Such simple notes as in *Solitude*, such deep impression...
The magic of real music in general, to my opinion, is to make being complete at the moment it sounds... Instant presence of Truth...
The two lads (one from Brasil, one from Canada) are much better, then I expected. When Judy plays *7 samurai*, I have gooseflesh of pleasure :)). And Morelenbaum is exact and is not excessively emotional, as he seemed to me earlier ))
20th-Nov-2011 10:58 am (UTC)
As to Olafur and his sword-bearer - yeah, pretty good.
20th-Nov-2011 11:03 am (UTC)
Haha, zwei Dumme ein Gedanke. ;D
20th-Nov-2011 09:02 pm (UTC)
D'you mean - у дураков мысли сходятся?
20th-Nov-2011 09:30 pm (UTC)
Yay, babelfish tells me it has the same meaning. :)
20th-Nov-2011 11:02 am (UTC)
Did you have the two guys from Island playing for about and hour before the main program started? They were really awesome, played some beautiful tunes mixed with electro sounds. :)

I didn't knew Judy before the concert but Morelenbaum I always found quite brilliant. He has a beautiful sounds and I loved the balance between the quite, simple and the emotional, expressive. :)
20th-Nov-2011 02:34 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with trampadoo - poetic & to the point report of the mood & atmosphere of the concert! I could not have put it so nicely, because my English is not so good..
I would also say that this was one of the best concerts I've ever been to, and this even applies to the support act, i.e. the 2 lads from Iceland (normally, I'm rather annoyed by support acts). Their combination of classic and electronic elements somehow reminded me of the Sakamoto & Noto concert in May, though their sound was less minimal and more melodic.

Btw, the concert received enthusiastic critics in the local press:


(I especially liked the following sentences: 'On his sold-out night of chamber music at Kampnagel, avantgarde musician Sakamoto came, played and tugged at the heartstrings/hit the mark' and 'an exceptionally grand night')

20th-Nov-2011 03:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the reviews! :D Not a surprise the concerts got such a great reception. I think a critic would have to lack competence and heart and soul to feel otherwise. :)

Gosh, I am so glad I learned about the tour in time here in the com! We would have missed it again and I swear, someone would have had to pay for that. XD He is probably the living musician/composer I admire and love the most and that includes his character (which is sometimes hard to look by when it comes to other musicians..). ♥
20th-Nov-2011 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you, my friend, for your high opinion of my report and my English )).
It seems to me, we in Kampnagel shouted and applauded much louder, then anywhere in the tour ;)))
Btw, did you notice those extraordinary shoes? I was tempted to shout: "Nice shoes, Ryuichi!" ))
20th-Nov-2011 09:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, I noticed the shoes as well! At first I thought he was wearing 2 different shoes because of the different light reflections ;)))

not so sure about the Hamburg audience being the loudest (this would also contradict my impression of the people in Hamburg normally being quite reserved and critical) - I thought audience in Italy was best. By any chance, do you know why Sakamoto is so popular in Italy?
20th-Nov-2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, Ryu and Italy obviously love each other, can not be said about Northen and Eastern Europe. Have no idea why.
20th-Nov-2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
Good photo! You were so close!
20th-Nov-2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
wow, great pictures!! Love the light!
That was one of the main drawbacks of sitting so close - I didn't dare taking more than one picture ;-)
20th-Nov-2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
Argh, I need that poster! When we left the concert hall shop had already closed and the other tour poster was no longer available. But that one is really gorgeous. :P~~~
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