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  • midori hirano is a musician, composer, sound artist and producer, born in Kyoto, Japan and now based in Berlin, Germany. She has been playing music since the age of 5 when she used a piano to flesh out her earliest compositions. While this led her to major in classical piano at university, it was the less traditional aspects of electronica that would ultimately prove her major inspiration. A native to Kyoto, Japan but making the creative pilgrimage to Berlin in 2008, her productions are based around the use of traditional instrumentation - piano, strings, voice - and augmented with often subtle electronic processing and digital samples creating a rich, rolling sound that is at once warm and melodic while tracing unexpected musical trajectories.

    Her first album, LushRush, was released on Noble records in 2006 and was primarily a collaborative affair, seeing her work with a number of guest musicians to create one of those beautiful, sprawling debuts that radiates a hazy blissfulness upon first listen. Her second, Klo:Yuri, saw her further develop her sound, garnering critical acclaim from various magazines in the world including TIME magazine. She is also in demand as a composer of soundtracks for European and Asian films, with 2008 seeing her become the only Japanese composer to invited to take part in the Berlinale Talent Campus, hosted by the Berlin International Film Festival.

    Using the moniker of MimiCof, she focuses more on electronic textures.

CocoRosie (2007). Sylvia Hsu. CC: BY-NC-SA

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"Full of sensuality with a sense of isolation...that is what I felt when I heard Cocorosie's song 'Bisounours'".

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  • CocoRosie is a musical project from sisters Bianca Leilani "Coco" and Sierra Rose "Rosie" Casady. "Bisounours" is the French name for The Care Bears.
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