Masakatsu Takagi, Inner Garden Review
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Masakatsu Takagi is a composer living in a small village in the mountains of Japan. Takagi communes with his natural surroundings to encompass a duality of simplicity as well as a vastness that comes from the freedom from life’s distractions. Takagi is a frequent collaborator with the Japanese animated film director Mamoru Hosoda (The Boy and the Best, Wolf Children). The Wolf Children score was chosen as the iTunes Best Soundtrack of 2012 in Japan. Additionally, Takagi composed music for The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (2013), a documentary film for Hayao Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli) directed by Mami Sunada. Mirai is a new collaboration between director Hosoda and Takagi. Following a critically acclaimed run on the festival circuit, GKIDS will be releasing Mirai in the United States on November 30th, 2018. Takagi is releasing a single from the Mirai sound track titled, “Inner Garden.” Takagi’s composition is a beautiful tapestry of sounds and instrument colors that conveys feeling of anticipation with the relaxed sounds of nature. That’s the short of it!
Inner Garden (single)
Release Date: October 31, 2018
"Inner Garden” contains Takagi’s signature piano playing surrounded by strings, woodwinds and percussion. Takagi is a clear orchestrator of instrumental colors and creator of themes.