Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto creates music for Krug

Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto has created a symphony inspired by his tasting of three Krug champagnes from the 2008 vintage.

As one of the pioneers in the world of pairing champagne with music, a combination said to trigger new taste sensations, Krug has stepped things up with its recent collaboration with Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.

According to the House, the “Suite for Krug in 2008” project was initiated in 2019. It is a symphony inspired by three Champagnes made around the exceptional 2008 vintage; Krug Clos du Mesnil 2008, Krug 2008 and Krug Grande Cuvée 164th Edition.

Ryuichi Sakamoto and Krug co-created a unique musical pairing experience through symphonic composition, which took place over 18 months. The musician spoke with Krug Cellar Master Julie Cavil and was inspired by the cuvées, craftsmanship and heritage of Champagnes.

Sakamoto incorporated natural soundscapes recorded on location from Krug’s vineyard and winery into the piece.

Starting from the observation that the three Champagne expressions were born from grapes harvested the same year, he decided to compose a suite in three movements responding to the respective sensations of each bottle.

Known to many for his Academy Award-winning film scores, including “The Revenant” and “The Last Emperor”, Sakamoto has been active in the world of music and art for over 50 years.

Starting in September 2022, Krug will host three global multi-sensory events in New York, London and Tokyo, featuring a 36-piece live orchestra selected by Ryuichi Sakamoto. This immersive experience will then transform into 15 local events held around the world where guests can enjoy the immersive symphonic experience through Devialet’s 3D music technology.

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