British synthesizer player and composer Richard Barbieri has been a noteworthy figure in progressive and art rock circles since his mid-'70s debut as a member of new wave pioneers Japan. His innovative keyboard textures and synthesizer programming played a significant role in shaping the group's sound, and established Barbieri as a sought-after collaborator, leading to work with Ryuichi Sakamoto, Robert Fripp, Roedelius, and numerous others. Since Japan's 1982 breakup, Barbieri has continued to collaborate with his ex-bandmates (particularly Steve Jansen and Mick Karn) on additional projects, and his work with Steven Wilson's band No-Man in 1992 led to Barbieri joining Wilson's other main band, Porcupine Tree. Barbieri has also composed music for films and recorded albums with artists including Nobukazu Takemura and Marillion's Steve ...
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