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Akira Kosemura

Pause (almost equal to) Play

Decca Records
Release Date: May 27,2022

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Akira Kosemura, the renowned composer/pianist & one of the most streamed Asian classical artists, releases his new EP “Pause (almost equal to) Play”, out today on Decca Records.

This four-track EP is a collection of the songs featured on 2022 Spring & Summer Collection of TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist., the acclaimed fashion house based in Tokyo. Featuring the string quartet, programming, and synthesizers as well as his notable felt piano, it showcases the diversity and dynamics of his musical talent which covers from acoustic ensemble to electronica.

Visualizers for all tracks are also out now – watch here.

“I wrote these pieces at a time when I had to stop and look back at myself” says Kosemura. “Mr. Miyashita helped me a lot to do my best for his project. The music that was created by stopping was filled with a sense of what was to come for me.”

“For me, too, it was a collection that made me look at myself once again” Takahiro Miyashita, the founder of the brand recalls. “I was always thinking about Akira’s music, thus it was very natural for me to ask him to compose a piece for my project, and he delivered a very beautiful gift.”

The music of Kosemura has been highly renowned worldwide not only for his own works, but also for numerous well-known films, TV series, video games, and commercials including American TV series “Love Is” and "Morning Comes" (directed by Naomi Kawase), an official selection of the Cannes International Film Festival. His talent has been enthusiastically supported by eminent artists such as Devendra Banhart, Giles Peterson, M83 and many others. This EP, “Pause (almost equal to) Play” is another great collaboration with one of the finest brands and a musical journey to a new phase.

“It was like we both took a new step forward at the same time” says Miyashita. “When I look back on my life someday, I would be able to say with confidence that I could be myself with this beautiful gift.”

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