In 1994 he was invited to perform at the 50th anniversary concert of jazz label Verve, held at Carnegie Hall, and was the only Asian musician to play at the event. Yamashita moved into film scoring in 1998, scoring the Shohei Imamura film Kanzo Sensei, and his work in this earned him the "Education Minister's Education Award," amongst others. This was followed by his score for Kihachi Okamoto's Vengeance Is Such A Great Business. In May 2003 Yamashita was awarded a Purple Ribbon by the Japanese Government for his contributions to the arts and academia, and since 2004 he has served as a visiting professor at Kunitachi College of Music. *Yes burning pianos. Have a look: http://www.reuters.com/news/video?videoChannel=4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZdKz4My_NM Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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