Carsten Nicolai and Ryuichi Sakamoto are back working together. Raster-Noton will release the fifth part of their series of collaborative efforts on 9th May, under the title “Summvs”, a contraction of “summa” (sum) and “versus” (towards), understood by us as a metaphor for the holistic character of their collaboration, which began almost ten years ago. After the digression that was “utp_” (an effort on which the twosome used a chamber orchestra for the first time, the Ensemble Modern from Frankfurt, to develop an audiovisual piece for the local authorities of the German city of Mannheim), Noto and Sakamoto are now back focussing on the possibilities of the synergetic conjunction between an impressionist acoustic piano and microscopic electronica, something they already did on their first three deliveries. Among the ten songs on “Summvs” we find two different versions –interpreted as studies of the same composition at different speeds– of “By The River”, penned by Roedelius, Moebius and Brian Eno in 1977. As a curious note, the three parts of “Microon” use the fifteen pianos that exist in the world constructed according to the model of the “metamorphosis piano for sixteenth tones” designed by Mexican composer and scientific Julián Carrillo Trujillo.
Coinciding with the release of the album, Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto will start a European tour that will take them to Barcelona as well. On 19th June, the pair will perform at the closing concert of Sónar Barcelona. They’ll be at the Teatre Grec at 8pm. You can get your tickets here.