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Ryuichi Sakamoto playing “Energy Flow”

Ryuichi Sakamoto playing “Energy Flow” (with sheet music to download)

Ryuichi Sakamoto (坂本 龍一, Sakamoto Ryūichi, born January 17, 1952) is a Japanese composer, singer, songwriter, record producer, activist, and actor who has pursued a diverse range of styles as a solo artist and as a member of Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO). With his bandmates Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi, Sakamoto influenced and pioneered a number of electronic music genres.

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As a film-score composer, Sakamoto has won an Oscar, a BAFTA, a Grammy, and 2 Golden Globe Awards. Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983) marked his debut as both an actor and a film-score composer; its main theme was adapted into the single “Forbidden Colours” which became an international hit. His most successful work as a film composer was The Last Emperor (1987), after which he continued earning accolades composing for films such as The Sheltering Sky (1990), Little Buddha (1993), and The Revenant (2015). On occasion, Sakamoto has also worked as a composer and a scenario writer on anime and video games. In 2009, he was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the Ministry of Culture of France for his contributions to music.

坂本 龍一(さかもと りゅういち、Sakamoto Ryūichi、1952年1月17日 – )は、日本のミュージシャン、作曲家、編曲家、作詞家、音楽プロデューサー、音楽評論家、指揮者、タレント、俳優、政治活動家。東京都出身。

世界的に活動している日本人ミュージシャンである。その音楽性は幅広く、クラシック音楽が根幹にあるものの、民俗音楽、ポピュラー音楽(特にテクノポップ)にも造詣が深い。近年は環境や憲法に関する運動にも積極的に参加している。