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S A K A M O T O   T R I B U T E   E N S E M B L E

Meg Okura, musical director

Meg Okura, violin and erhu
Rubin Kodheli,  cello
Anne Drummond, flute
Sam Sadigursky, clarinets
Daniel Mintseris, keyboard/electronics
Yotam Ishay, piano
Steve Whipple, bass
Rogerio Bocatto, percussion

Formed by composer/violinist, Meg Okura, Sakamoto Tribute Ensemble interprets his enduring compositions with the utmost reverence, from the revolutionary Thousand Knives to the iconic sounds of the Yellow Magic Orchestra and the Oscar-winning film scores. Consisting of the top New York jazz musicians, the ensemble is unique yet, a seamless blend of electronica, modern jazz, classical and improvised music.
The Sakamoto Tribute Ensemble made its stellar sold-out debut at the 20th Winter Jazzfest in New York City, co-presented by Roulette Intermedium on what would have been Mr. Sakamoto's 72nd birthday, on January 17, 2024.
Meg Okura, a Grammy-nominated violinist and composer, is a Juilliard graduate who has graced global stages with luminaries like Michael Brecker, Steve Swallow, Lee Konitz, Tom Harrell, and others. With a discography of nine albums, she is the recent winner of several international composition competitions: the IAWM Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble Prize, the LunART Festival, the TUTTI Festival, the Festival of New Music, and the 2023 ISJAC Commission, which will be premiered this May in Nashville, TN. In 2024, Okura is set to release two albums: the fifth album of her Pan Asian Chamber Jazz Ensemble and a duo album with Kevin Hays, touring the U.S. as a Jazz Road grant recipient. The premiere of Okura’s "Phantasmagoria," will take place in Ohio, Wisconsin, and Florida.

スペシャルゲスト:DJスプーキー、YUKA HONDA、その他

CELEBRATING RYUICHI SAKAMOTO コンサートは、故坂本龍一師の72歳の誕生日、2024年1月17日(水)にニューヨークのジャズ・ミュージシャンたちがブルックリンのルレットで行う。坂本龍一と共演したことのあるチェリスト、ルービン・コデリのアイディアではじまった企画で、ウィンター・ジャズフェスト及びルーレット主催、バイオリニスト・作曲家のメグ・オークラが音楽監督を務める。1978年リリースの「千のナイフ」から「イエロー・マジック・オーケストラ」の象徴的なサウンド、そしてオスカー受賞の映画音楽まで、サカモト・トリビュート・アンサンブルが敬意をもって不朽の作品を演奏する。コンサートの収益はTREES FOR SAKAMOTO に寄付されます。

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