Akira Kosemura – ‘Polaroid Piano’

November 28, 2009 § Leave a comment

Published: The Age, A2, 48 Hours, November 28, 2009.

Akira Kosemura
Polaroid Piano
(Someone Good/Vitamin)

The title of this lulling piano miniature from Akira Kosemura is no mistake. Polaroid Piano draws as much on hazy, soft-lens atmosphere as petite piano phraseology. Across 10 compact sketches, the young composer weaves delicate threads of melody through textural undercurrents of field recordings – courtesy of Brisbane sound artist Lawrence English – and the hushed shuffle and clunk of the piano’s mechanism. The results are quietly stunning. Part of a generation of Japanese artists blurring the boundaries between contemporary classical and minimalist, understated pop music, Kosemura’s work doesn’t fixate on technique, clarity or minor details. Its resonance is one of whispered evocation, feeling and place.



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