RYUICHI SAKAMOTO: OPUS – Review by Diane Carson

The iconic Japanese composer, pianist, and actor Ryuichi Sakamoto comes to vivid life in an exquisite documentary Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus. Directed by Sakamoto’s son, Neo Sora, Ryuichi plays twenty of his compositions, including the title Opus plus Lack of Love, Solitude, The Sheltering Sky, and a new arrangement of Tong Poo. That’s it: minimalist and extraordinary.

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ECHO IN THE CANYON – Review by Susan Granger

In this documentary, veteran music industry honcho Andrew Slater (former Capitol Records CEO) recalls a bygone era, focusing on the folk rock bands of the 1965-67 Los Angeles music scene. In the early part of the 19th century, bucolic Laurel Canyon, nestled behind Sunset Boulevard in the Hollywood Hills, was known for its rustic cabins and hunting lodges.

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