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Orkney’s uranium reprieve via Beyond Nuclear International

Maxwell Davies’ music memorializes an important victory By Linda Pentz Gunter On a midsummer day on Saturday, June 21, 1980, in a Victorian Hotel on the Orkney Islands, resident composer Peter Maxwell Davies and actress Eleanor Bron performed the composer’s … Continue reading

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Ryuichi Sakamoto offers his thoughts on politics, Japan and how his music will change ‘post-cancer’ via Japan Times

“The Professor” is back in town. Last weekend, Ryuichi Sakamoto took the stage at Tokyo Opera City for the debut concert of the Tohoku Youth Orchestra, a 105-strong ensemble of young musicians from Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, which counts … Continue reading

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[UPDATED] Composer Sakamoto has cancer, cancels engagements via Japan Times

Globally acclaimed composer and musician Ryuichi Sakamoto said Thursday he is suffering from cancer and is canceling all professional commitments to focus on treatment. In a written statement, the New York-based Sakamoto, 62, said he had noticed an unusual feeling … Continue reading

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Music in Japanese Antinuclear Demonstrations: The Evolution of a Contentious Performance Model via Japan Focus

By Noriko Manabe Since Japan’s triple disaster of March 11, 2011, music has served to inform and give voice to unspoken opinions in several spaces—cyberspace, recordings, festivals and concerts, and public demonstrations. 1 In particular, music has been an integral … Continue reading

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Sakamoto gently rallies the troops for No Nukes 2012 via The Japan Times

The demonstrations against the restarting of the Oi nuclear power plant held recently on Friday nights outside Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s residence are very much directed at the occupant of that abode, but they are attracting attention around the world, … Continue reading

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