Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto already released a track from their soon-to-be-released album ‘summvs’. Or: a fine foretaste of their minimal finery prior to the concert awaiting us on Monday 23 May in AB.
Mid May sees the final release in a series in which minimal electronica artist Alva Noto (or: Carsten Nicolai) meets up with Japanese pianist/composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. Nothing is left to chance with this duo. The first letters of the title of every release in the series - ‘vrioon’ – ‘insen’ – ‘revep’ – ‘utp_’ – ‘summvs’ - together form the word ‘virus’. The title (‘summvs’) of the concluding piece and also fifth album in the series refers to the Latin word ‘summa’ (or sum) and ‘versus’ (that underlines the unique collaboration of both artists without undermining their unique individuality). So that's the way the minimal electronica of Alva Noton (who just recently released the impressive album 'Mimikry' with Blixa Bargeld) and the sober, equally minimal piano style of Sakamoto perfectly complement each other. Minimal beauty, so subtle and true that it almost hurts.
Listen here already to the track ‘reverso’ from ‘summvs’.
This concert is a part of the brand new series SILENCE IS SEXY – the antithesis of the just recently launched series THE ART OF NOISE – which focuses upon the so-called (new) contemporary classical composers that are increasingly gaining popularity in the field of ‘pop music’.