For a whole day, I’ve been trying to find the right words to describe how saddened I am about the passing of Ryuichi Sakamoto. I listen to him on a monthly, if not weekly, basis. I share his music with all my close friends. I play his songs on my piano, albeit clumsily.
He was one of the few musicians in the world whose works literally touched my soul. His entire catalog of music has also been a great influence on many other musicians and the whole world. His influence will undoubtedly perdure, on many levels.
I’m sharing two videos here. One is from 1992, and the other 2022. We’ll remember this highly gifted crossover musician who once reshaped the soundscapes of Jazz, electronica, world music, and even hip-hop, before being recognized as an experimental and classical composer.
Rest in peace, Maestro.