Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Glass

Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto release their new collaborative album Glass on February 16 via Noton.

Glass is a 45-minute long recording of their live improvisation, after just one rehearsal, at the architect Philip Johnson’s Glass House in Connecticut, using keyboards, mixers, glass singing bowls, crotales, and the architecture itself as an instrument.

“When I was offered to perform at The Glass House, the first idea that came to my mind was to use the house itself as a musical instrument,” says Sakamoto of the recording, adding that it was “100 percent improvised.”

Sakamoto continues: “Looking at the beautiful landscape through the glass wall with Kusama’s dots was something, and it affected me, affected us, I should say, a lot. It’s a strange mixture of natural, nature, and artificial things, art.”

Sakamoto and Noto previously teamed up on the original score to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film The Revenant.