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Glenn Gould Foundation partners with
Japanese Composer/Artist Ryuichi Sakamoto
to Co-Present a Once-in-a-Lifetime
Commemorative Festival, Dec. 13-17, 2017

2017 marks the 85th anniversary of Glenn Gould’s birth, the solitary musician who was born in Canada. 2017 also coincides with the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation.

To commemorate these milestones, throughout 2017 , The Glenn Gould Foundation launched a series of “Year of Anniversaries” projects and concerts in collaboration with curators and producers around the world.

For Glenn Gould’s legion of admirers in Japan, the Foundation is honoured that the celebrated composer, performer, producer, and activist Ryuichi Sakamoto will curate The Glenn Gould Gathering; a unique “mini-festival” scheduled to take place at Sogetsu Hall in Aoyama, Tokyo and at the Oscar Peterson Theatre at the Embassy of Canada, Dec. 13-17, 2017. Sogetsu Hall was formerly considered the centre of the contemporary art scene of Japan, a reputation that is growing again following the venue’s renovations. Additionally, this year marks the 90th anniversary of Sogetsu.

Ryuichi Sakamoto, has admired Gould’s artistry and his unique live and recorded performances since his early childhood. Sakamoto has also declared his respect and admiration of Gould consistently over the years. The Glenn Gould Gathering will present Gould, the most distinctive pianist of the 20th century, through various forms of art in a series of performances, exhibitions, installations, panel discussions and film screenings.

A highlight of the gathering will be an original performance work featuring Ryuichi Sakamoto and his long-time collaborators; Alva Noto, Christian Fennesz, and new friend Francesco Tristano. Another original performance work will be created by Canadian electronic/ambient musician Scott Morgan (aka Loscil), who has sampled the sounds of two of Glenn Gould’s own pianos to create this new piece.

Top Image Credit: Don Hunstein/Sony Music Entertainment
Bottom Image Credit: Ryuichi and Glenn (C) 2007 Kab America Inc.

Ryuichi Sakamoto is one of the towering musical figures of our time - an artist whose questing imagination has encompassed the music of the world, ranging from; pioneering electronic works, globally inspired rock, classical works including a major opera, and more than 50 film and TV soundtracks including; notably, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, The Last Emperor, The Handmaid’s Tale (1990 film version), Wuthering Heights (1992), and The Revenant. With dozens of albums and videos to his credit, Maestro Sakamoto’s work has earned him an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, a Grammy, a Silver Lion from the Venice Film Festival, the Order of the Cavaleiro Admissão from the government of Brazil and membership in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France. He has collaborated with David Bowie, David Sylvian, director Robert Wilson, author William S. Burroughs, tenor José Carreras, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, among others. A dedicated environmental activist, Maestro Sakamoto has pushed the limits in working towards environmentally sustainable performances and music production/distribution, and in advocacy for a greener world for future generations. For his environmental work he received the UN Environment programme’s Echo Award.

The Glenn Gould Foundation acknowledges the generous support and logistical assistance of the Embassy of Canada to Japan, its outstanding staff and Ambassador Ian Burney without whom this remarkable project would not have been possible.

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