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Although he is not exactly a household name, Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto}'s work has been both widely heard and appreciated by a diverse, sophisticated audience. Sakamoto is best known in the West as a composer of film music and has demonstrated especial success scoring films of epic scale like Bernardo Bertolucci's The Sheltering Sky} (1990) and The Last Emperor} (1987); the latter received the Academy Award for Best Original Score. While remaining in demand as a film composer -- he also provided the scores for Bertolucci's Little Buddha} (1994) and Brian De Palma's Snake Eyes} (1998) -- Sakamoto} has eschewed a Hollywood-centered film career, instead maintaining a busy and surprisingly eclectic schedule of projects --i ncluding, in addition to musical activities, work as an actor and a fashion model. Before he embarked on writing music for the movies, Sakamoto} could already boast of a multifaceted background. Classically trained at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, Sakamoto} became a leading figure in pop electronica in the late 1970s with his band Yellow Magic Orchestra}; the group's debut album sold more than a million copies. Sakamoto} has maintained his ties with popular music, collaborating with performers diverse as Iggy Pop}, Laurie Anderson}, David Byrne}, and Patti Smith}. In addition, he has produced large-scale concert works like the four-movement symphonic/multimedia Untitled 01} (1998), and an opera, Life} (1999). Sakamoto}'s 2000 compilation of solo piano works, BTTB} (Back to the Basics), became a bestseller in Japan and elsewhere. ~ AMG, All Music Guide

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