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Koki Nakano (Stone Nest, 22 April)

 “I always have a habit of imagining movement when I compose,” Japanese composer and pianist Koki Nakano, based in France will be performing at Stone Nest in Shaftesbury Avenue, to mark the forthcoming release of a new album Oceanic Feeling.

Koki Nakano. Publicity photo supplied

Koki Nakano was born in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1988 and studied at the prestigious music school Toho Gakue and at Tokyo’s University of Arts where he formed electro-rock band Gas Law whilst also composing classical pieces for fashion shows and ad campaigns. He now lives in Paris and performs all over the world. 

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Quoting the press release for the London show:

Koki Nakano’s new album, Oceanic Feeling, is a celebration of ambiguity. The album’s title is borrowed from an expression coined by the French writer and musician, Romain Rolland, in 1927. In a letter written to Sigmund Freud, Rolland described the oceanic feeling as “the sensation of eternity, a feeling of being one with the external world as a whole”. While this concept of oneness permeates Nakano’s whole album, the music also deals with his inability to fully live in this so-called oceanic feeling, thus capturing the composer’s longing, frustration, and ultimately his search for harmony within his own limitations.

Presented in the round, in the extraordinary architectural setting of Stone Nest, Koki will be joined by world-renowned, contemporary dancers Nicolas Huchard and Christian Yav, whose dancing versatility has enabled them to work with some of the most prestigious names in fashion, cinema, and music, including the likes of Madonna and Jean-Paul Gautier. They have prepared a special performance for this evening.

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Oceanic Feeling is released on 13 May via No Format

LONDON SHOW: Stone Nest, 136 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 5EZ

Doors 7pm, concert 8pm, followed by a post-show talk with Koki Nakano. DETAILS AND BOOKINGS

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