Mathieu Karsenti paints a memorable life in Japan with “Tōji”

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Fresh, nostalgic and truly relaxing!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Hi Mathieu, welcome to LA Music Review! Tell us a little bit about you and your music.

Mathieu Karsenti is a true artist…

and a musical visionary of modern sonic landscapes, at ease scoring to picture or composing outstanding solo projects where he highlights his distinctive voice.

He has won multiple awards with extensive credits in TV, film and dance, and his music has been placed on top series for Netflix and other major networks worldwide. He has worked closely with celebrities as the go-to musical director, arranger and producer at the BBC. His singular vision and recognizable sound make him an attractive prospect and a strong ally to filmmakers seeking a new approach to storytelling. A French native, Mathieu’s outstanding abilities have prompted him to relocate to Los Angeles and present his music to a new audience.

With his releases he visualizes each piece of music like a painter…

overseeing every aspect of the work from cover art to orchestration, all without concession. Experience Mathieu Karsenti’s impactful composing voice: multi-layered, delicate, bold, evocative yet affirmed, engaging and imaginative. He stands as a true ‘modern-day French Impressionist for the Social Media generation’.

Congrats on the release! What was your inspiration when you were writing this project?

Released January 13, 2023. The setting of this piece in two parts takes place in midwinter in Japan: the sun is low, the days are short, the nights are long and snow is everywhere in beautiful Hokkaido.

It’s the winter solstice or Tōji and the end of year announces a symbolic death of what we know and have experienced in this year, making way for new adventures in the coming months.

The two parts feature a blend of electric guitar, live strings and sound FX. They weave a careful, meditative tapestry of evanescent sounds and arrangements that coalesce and sometimes ebb away delicately as we discard our old thoughts and habits.

Start streaming “Tōji ( Parts 1 and 2)” here:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What is your vision for this song?

As with all of Mathieu’s releases, the emphasis is on engaging the imagination of the listener with a multi-sensory approach to composing. Mathieu proposes abstract musical paintings that are open-minded enough to include various influences and that let the listener imagine and feel what they want in his music.

What is your favorite part of this body of work?

Mathieu blends electric guitar, strings and sound FX effortlessly to illustrate this evocative abstract winter landscape.

Anything else we should know about it? Future releases? 

Mathieu’s next release ‘Nocturnes‘ is set for April 2023 and it will be brand new compositions for flute, clarinet, viola and viola mixed with ambient sound FX and electric guitars. All about nighttime!

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