Kagami review: Mixed-reality gig brings dead headliner back to life

Collaboration Process Image (2020), Courtesy of Tin Drum

Ryuichi Sakamoto (left) and Tin Drum members recording Kagami in 2020

Courtesy Tin Drum

Ryuichi Sakamoto and Tin Drum
Manchester International Festival

I AM sitting at Ryuichi Sakamoto’s feet, watching the legendary musician and composer play his prize-winning score for the 1983 film Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence on a grand piano. I watch his fingers move precisely on the keys, his concentration, the folds of his jacket as he hunches over the instrument. Tears well in my eyes inside the headset I am wearing, and I am only vaguely conscious of the …

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