Stephen Nomura Schible


Ryuichi Sakamoto (Tokyo, 1952) has lived many musical lives in his nearly 70 years. As a keyboardist and songwriter in Haruomi Hosono’s Yellow Magic Orchestra, he helped set the stage for technopop.  His solo experiments in fusing global genres and close studies of classical impressionism led to him scoring nearly 40 films in as many years, including Nagisa Oshima’s Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence (1983), Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor (1987) and The Sheltering Sky (1990), and the Academy Award-winning film The Revenant (2015) by Alejandro González Iñárritu. In the past 20 years alone, he’s written a multimedia opera, turned a glass building into an instrument, and travelled to the Arctic to record the sound of melting snow. That exploratory spirit runs through Sakamoto’s 2017 album, async, which paints an audio portrait of the passing of time informed by his recovery from throat cancer. ‘Music, work, and life all have a beginning and an ending,’ said Sakamoto in early 2019. ‘What I want to make now is music freed from the constraints of time.’ Since the mid-nineties, Sakamoto has devoted much of his time to environmental and activist causes, also reflected in his work, as in the opera LIFE (1999). He has launched charitable organisations and beginning in 2012, organised the yearly ongoing music event NO NUKES, which many well-known artists, including Kraftwerk, took part in to protestnuclear energy after the Fukushima disaster. His accolades include an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, a Grammy, the Order of the Cavaleiro Admissão from the Brazilian government and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government.  Stephen Nomura Schible grew up in Tokyo and studied film at the NYU. After working as an assistant for documentary maker Kazuo Hara (Emperor's Naked Army Marches On), he worked as a representative for the producers of Japanese films like Shinji Aoyama's Eureka and Naomi Kawase's Firefly and took care of international co-productions like Nobuhiro Suwa’s H-Story.  He was also one of the producers of Sofia Coppola's Oscar-winning Lost in Translation and was responsible for all Japanese aspects of the production. Schible directed/produced the music documentary Eric Clapton: Sessions for Robert J, which aired on BBC and PBS. In 2017, he finished the documentary Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival.