Akikaze - the Light in our Eyes




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Published on Feb 24, 2009

Akikaze, Japanese for autumn wind, is the electronic exploration of Dutchman Pepijn Courant. Pepijn Courant was born in Amsterdam on 30 January 1966.
In 1977 he took piano lessons. He mainly studied classical music by composers such as Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, but also modern music such as by Béla Bartók. This seven year training was to have a big influence on his way of composing.

In 1978 Pepijn Courant started to play drums accompanying his elder brother Arnoul, who performed hits from the sixties and seventies by, among others, The Kinks en The Beatles as a guitarist and singer, both at home and in several schoolbands.

In the meantime he composed numerous pieces, from classical to pop, but soon realized the piano could not offer him the sounds he needed for his music. Since 1982 Pepijn had been fascinated by the possibilities of the synthesizer, but it took him three years to save up the money to buy one. Till that time he collected all electronic music he could find. The library of Groningen, where he studied, had a huge collection of Tangerine dream, Gandalf, Neuronium, Vangelis etc., though.

In 1989 Pepijn started his musical career. In 1993 he released his first cd in high places
The light in our eyes is from his first cd. Until now he has released six cds.


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