Kaori Åström is a composer and songwriter originally from Japan, currently based in California, US. She started playing piano at the age of four and composing at the age of 9 under supervision of renowned Japanese composer Ms.Yoshiko Katsunaga. Her first written music called "Three small archaic pieces" in Baroque style caught attention and she performed it for a national broadcast TV show in Japan. She came to the US to attend Berklee College of Music as a World Scholarship recipient in music composition. After learning Classical, Jazz, Contemporary, Minimal, Ambient and Rock, she is now focused on writing music for motion pictures. Her music have been featured on Discovery channel, TV shows such as X-Factor. She has also worked with a production company in NYC called Studio MATTER on Zazen Bear project as a main music composer for short films (12 episodes) and one hour in-store music. She is currently working with Swedish composer Henrik Åström on TV shows and feature films.
Her 2014 project "Songs for Airports" is a musical vision inspired by airports. This is how she describes the music:
"I have a very special feeling towards planes and airports. It's such a surreal experience to fly thousands of feet above the ground and look down on earth. In ancient times people believed that gods were living in the world above the clouds and we are now able to see the world our ancestors could only dream about.Each song is composed for scenes that take place in an airport. I have traveled in North America, Europe, and Asia and I found that each airport had it’s own colorful uniqueness. I tried to incorporate the elements of each of these different airports into the songs. The main purpose of the project is to provide a quiet, peaceful and minimalistic musical moment for anyone who needs it."
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