Top composer suffers second cancer

The universally acclaimed Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto has undergone surgery for bowel cancer, a little over six years after receiving treatment for cancer of the throat.

Sakamoto, who turned 69 last week, writes on his website: ‘I will continue to work as much as I can during treatment … From now on, I will be living alongside cancer. But, I am hoping to make music for a little while longer.’

We wish him a full recovery.

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  • Tragic news, on a human level.

    His work: conceptual sonic art, very traditional. Goes back to the fifties of the last century, and not much has developed since.

    There is more:

    But he also did popular simple stuff, like this, for locked-down people with lots of time on their hand:

    May the poor man recover his health.

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