Published on April 26th, 2023 | by Natalie Patrick0
Renowned Composer and Pianist Akira Kosemura Releases New Album ‘SEASONS’ Capturing the Essence of Japan’s Four Seasons
Akira Kosemura, the highly acclaimed composer and pianist, is pleased to announce the release of his new solo piano album, ‘SEASONS’, which captures the essence of Japan’s four seasons. Inspired by the country’s rich natural beauty, the album features twelve songs, with three compositions dedicated to each season. The album’s first track, “Dear Sunshine,” is out today on Decca Records, while the full album is set to release on June 30, 2023.
With ‘SEASONS,’ Kosemura elaborates on his musical identity as a Japanese artist, delivering a breathtaking solo piano performance that showcases his artistry. Speaking about the album, Kosemura said, “This album began in the early summer of 2020 when I was contacted by Decca Records. The seeds of ideas that emerged from our conversations gradually grew within me, leading me to this record. This is a sort of island music, in which I try to reexamine the world in front of me, which is very universal and precious to me, feeling the smell, touch, and memories of the land where I grew up.”
Kosemura’s music has been highly renowned worldwide, with his compositions being featured in numerous well-known films, TV series, video games, and commercials. He has also received enthusiastic support from eminent artists such as Devendra Banhart, Gilles Peterson, and M83, among others.
“I tried to catch the notes just the way I am and not to express to avoid excessive creativity. To achieve that, solo piano format was the most honest way for me to draw a simple pencil sketch, not a colorful painting with many pigments on a palette,” said Kosemura.
For ‘SEASONS,’ Kosemura has created a love letter to his home country of Japan, where he was born and spent over 37 years of his life. Through his music, he captures the beauty of Japan’s four seasons, including cherry blossoms, rainy season, fallen leaves, and snowy landscapes. He hopes that people around the world will enjoy the record in every season of the year.Tweet