Okapi plays I was born, but…

I have always loved Ozu’s cinema. I chose this film because I didn’t know it and because I was fascinated by the photography and by the characters’ expressivity. My musical world has often been associated with childhood. I have always been fascinated by Japanese music: in this last period I adore the young scene of “electronic bass-music”, in particular the Future / kawaii scene that I easily link to the Japanese movies visionarity. Soundtracking this film was a challenge that allowed me to expand my listening (I found out lot of Japanese music from the early twentieth century and I deepened my knowledge about of “game-music” producers of the land of Rising Sun often unknown in Europe) and to apply it both to my research and to my compositional methods. Working with Ozu’s images brought to my ears a real lyric-emotional and stylistic bridge between the neo-realism of the master and the poetics of the whole anime culture. Økapi

Økapi is Filippo Edgardo Paolini, a French-Italian turntablist, sample cutup artist, electronic composer and sound designer. Since 1995 Økapi has recorded several solo albums, as well as recording in the duo Metaxu and with the trio Dogon and the recent trio K-Mundi. He has performed live for national Italian State radio broadcasts (RAI) with renowned avant-turntablist, Christian Marclay, he has played for the “Biennale Artisti d’Europa and Mediterraneo” and collaborated with numerous international artists such as Mike Cooper, Peter Brotzmann, Mike Patton, Geoff Leigh, Matt Gustafson, Zu, Damo Suzuki, Andy EX, Kawabata Makoto, Metamkine… He played in tour with the jazzcore roup Zu. In 2009 Økapi received Insound award as the best italian electronic musician. He has composed music for cinema, television, theatre and several site-specific installations. He has also curated the sound design for children books projects. ØKapi’s album releases illustrate his unique and edgy use of turntables and computer, creating music that veers from orchestral to lounge with quirky experimental electronics that maintain a delicate and spacious sound throughout.