After his much-lauded debut ‘Childish Mind’, classical guitarist Jonathan Bockelmann pays tribute to Ryuichi Sakamoto with a series of innovative arrangements of pieces by the Japanese composer.

Composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto
Arranged and Played by Jonathan Bockelmann
Recorded and Mixed by Martin Brugger
Mastered by Martin Ruch
Photo by Johannes Brugger
Designed by Maximilian Schachtner

Jonathan Bockelmann Sakamoto on Guitar II
Available on Bandcamp and streaming on digital platforms

  • Zen Sounds


    Back in February, I reviewed German classical guitarist Jonathan Bockelmann’s debut album “Childish Mind”, released on Munich-based experimental jazz imprint Squama. Label co-founder Martin Brugger had discovered Bockelmann through his innovative guitar transcriptions of Ryuichi Sakamoto pieces but had encouraged him to write his own songs for his first album.

    After the passing of the Japanese ambient and contemporary classical master, they’ve now decided to record four of these transcriptions and release them as a stand-alone EP, “Sakamoto on Guitar”. The first tune “Opus” – originally included on Sakamoto’s mid-career solo piano album “BTTB (Back to the Basics)” (1999) – has been released with the pre-order.

    I’ve been listening to it on headphones today, sitting in my garden and watching my dog play. It’s so gentle, peaceful and slightly melancholic – the very definition of the Japanese concept of mono no aware.

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  • Jonathan Bockelmann

    The Munich-born musician has studied classical guitar for about two decades, perfecting his technique and gaining mastery of the instrument alongside work with his electronic duo GLASKIN. With GLASKIN, which features Jonathan and his brother Ferdi, he has explored his compositional vision, weaving genres like IDM, Ambient, jungle, and techno together.

    • Childish Mind

      180g vinyl

      • Stil:
      € 25
      • Childish Mind (Sheets for Acoustic Guitar)

        32 pages booklet risograph printed on Munken paper

        € 20