As composer, performer, producer, and environmentalist, few artists have as diverse a résumé as that of Ryuichi Sakamoto. Sakamoto’s work has spanned vast musical territories, from pioneering electronic music as a member of Yellow Magic Orchestra to crafting globally inspired rock albums, classical compositions, a stretch of minimal/ ambient music collaborations, and over thirty film scores. His work has been recognized with accolades including an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, a Grammy, the Order of the Cavaleiro Admissão from the government of Brazil, and the coveted Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the government of France.
Sakamoto has collaborated with the likes of Alva Noto, Bernardo Bertolucci, and His Holiness The Dalai Lama. Since 3/11 in Japan, Sakamoto has been a strong advocate of support and aid for the victims of the earthquake, tsunami, and anthropogenic nuclear meltdown in Fukushima, launching charity organizations and the music event, NO NUKES. In responding to the consumerism of the 21st century, his politically conscious dynamism has cemented his reputation as a renaissance man.
In 2014, Sakamoto was forced to take the first major break of his career upon his diagnosis with throat cancer. Thanks to rest — friends, family, and fans were able to witness his return in just over a year, and he closed 2015 with two film scores: a collaborative score with Alva Noto for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Academy Award- winning The Revenant, and Yoji Yamada’s Nagasaki: Memories Of My Son. In 2017 Sakamoto released his 16th solo album, async, his most personal album to date.
Stephen Nomura Schible
Stephen grew-up in Tokyo and studied film at NYU. After serving as an AD to documentarian Kazuo Hara (Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On), he worked as a producer’s rep for Japanese films such as Shinji Aoyama’s Eureka and Naomi Kawase’s Firefly, and oversaw international co-productions such as H-Story by Nobuhiro Suwa. He was one of the producers for Sofia Coppola’s Oscar-winning Lost in Translation. Stephen directed/produced the music documentary Eric Clapton: Sessions for Robert J, which aired on BBC and PBS. Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda is his first feature film as a director.
Eric Nyari is the International Representative for the renowned restoration laboratory Cineric and President for New Content. He has managed 4K restorations of Kenji Mizoguchi’s Ugetsu, Sansho the Bailiff, and A Story from Chikamatsu with Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation, as well as as Yasujiro Ozu’s Late Spring. He has produced a number of feature films in Japan including Amir Naderi’s CUT, Opening Film of the 2011 Venice Film Festival’s Orrizonti section. He also produced Naderi’s Monte, an Italian-US-French co-production for which Naderi received the Glory to the Filmmaker Award at Venice in 2016.