Akira Kosemura’s new album “88 Keys II” will be released for the first time in two years.
This album is a sequel to his previous piano solo album “88 Keys” released two years ago. After his previous release, he continuously composed music with his own piano, and he scoop up those new music pieces little by little and compiled into this new piano solo album.
Last album “88 Keys” was played in Spotify for more than 45 million times in two years, and loved by many listeners globally during COVID times.
This new album keeps the same worldview and intimate concept, and compiled with a slowed-down, calm, nostalgic, and peaceful seventeen piano works.
In the midst of collaboration works, such as music scores for “Fragments of Last Will”, “A Mother’s Touch”, “One Day You Will Reach The Sea”, also featured in John Legend’s song “The Other Ones”, this album was produced to show his little pleasure in unadorned, innocent, and minimalized music.
Born on 6th June, 1985, from Tokyo. Akira Kosemura founded his own label “Schole Records” after his solo album, “It’s On Everything”, released from an Australian label in 2007 while he was still in school. Since then, he has been constantly releasing solo albums, and composing music for films, TV drama, games, stage, and commercial music.
Akira’s major score works include, “Fragments of Last Will” by Takahisa Zeze, the Cannes 2020 featured film “True Mothers (Asa Ga Kuru)” directed by Naomi Kawase, Hollywood produced drama series “Love Is__”, Nintendo Switch game “Jack Jeanne” produced by Sui Ishida, TBS drama series “Chugakusei Nikki”, a contemporary ballet piece “MANON”, and Japan Pavilion in Milano EXPO. His music pieces were also featured in the Amazon original movie “Jonas Brothers CHASING HAPPINESS”, a Venice Film Festival Golden Lion awarded director Audrey Diwan’s debut film“Mais vous êtes fous (Losing It)”, and Toho movie “Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare”.
In recent years, he have collaborated with international brands such as SK-II STUDIO documentary “The Center Lane (featuring Rikako Ikee)” directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, a runway music for an apparel brand TAKAHIROMIYASHITATheSoloist. collection, music for LA MER BLUE HEART, LAND ROVER, and L’OCCITANE. Also he co-produced a song with American musician Devendra Banhart. He has been actively involved in music creation for different framework.
Akira’s music was ranked in at Spotify’s “Most Played Japanese Artists/Songs Top 10” on 2017 and 2018, and his works has been highly acclaimed on media around the world, including US music media “Pitchfork”, Australian newspaper “THE AGE”, French public broadcast “FIP”, Canadian public broadcast “Ici Musique”.
Akira has signed a contract with prestigious Decca Records in 2022, and EP “Pause (almost equal to) Play” was released worldwide. Akira’s music was sampled in John Legend’s song “The Other Ones feat. Rapsody” included in his new album “Legend Act I&II”. Akira has been actively working on a world scale.
/// Album Track List ///
03 Evening Light
05 Untouched Rainforest, Pt.1
06 On My Way Home
07 Passing By
08 Untouched Rainforest, Pt.3
09 Roses In Monochrome
12 Untouched Rainforest, Pt.4
15 Views I Remember From My Childhood
16 Untouched Rainforest, Pt.2
17 Hope 22
All Music Composed, Arranged and Performed by Akira Kosemura
Recording Engineer: Akira Kosemura
Album Mixed by Shunroku Hitani
Album Mastered by Zino Mikorey
Album Produced by Akira Kosemura
Piano Technician: Yasuaki Kubota
Artwork, Art Direction and Design: Shin Kikuchi
Production Management: SCHOLE INC.
© 2023 SCHOLE INC., under exclusive license to 1631 Recordings AB
℗ A Schole Records release; ℗ SCHOLE INC., under exclusive license to 1631 Recordings AB