Wednesday, 21 January 2015

AKIRA - Player Piano (Official Video) - [2014]

Player Piano is a YouTube channel created by Director Tom Grey and Composer & Pianist Sonya Belousova, where we put a classical twist on your favorite songs and soundtrack themes!

S O N Y A   B E L O U S O V A  is one of today's youngest most accomplished Composers and Pianists.
Originally from St-Petersburg, Russia, Sonya is the winner of multiple international competitions as both a Composer and Pianist, as well as the recipient of the Russian Ministry of Culture Award, the most prestigious Russian Award granted on the basis of an exceptional talent and maturity.
Sonya has gained a sensational public recognition after her bravura original arrangements and performances in the Cosplay Piano Series, released on YouTube by the legendary Stan Lee of Marvel Comics. To date there have been four episodes released that have totaled 1,400,000 views.As a pianist Sonya can also be heard on various soundtracks and records, including "Dexter Season 7". Currently Sonya is working on a solo piano album produced by Jorge Calandrelli - 2 times Oscar nominated, 27 time Grammy nominated, 6 Grammy winning Composer / Producer.
As a composer Sonya’s latest work is 'Orchis', a ballet commissioned by Festival Ballet Providence, Rhode Island’s premiere professional ballet company, created in collaboration with the renowned Award winning choreographer Viktor Plotnikov. “Orchis” had a huge success as well as being announced “the highlight of the spring season.” It came back to stage again the following season with even bigger success. In recognition of Sonya’s many achievements as a composer and pianist in both her native Russia and throughout the international music world, Sonya has received an honorary citation from the Mayor of Providence joined by the citizens of Providence.
Films with Sonya’s music have been premiered at the most prestigious film festivals all around the world, including Cannes International Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival.

 T O M   G R E Y  is an accomplished Producer and Director who had previously worked on a number of reality and scripted network shows before leaping into digital content in 2012 as the Head Producer for legendary comic book writer Stan Lee's YouTube Channel. While working with Stan, Tom created some of the channel's most popular content from the Superhero, Supervillain and Star Wars Speed Dating series, to Stan Lee Parkour, Retro Ads and, of course, the Cosplay Piano Series, where he first met Sonya.
His work has been featured in countless blogs and news outlets such as Entertainment Weekly, Huffington Post, Gawker, USA Today, and Ain‘t It Cool News. He has received numerous awards such as Best Director from the International Academy of Web Television, Geekie Awards for Best Short Film and Best Web Series, and awards from the Boston International Film Festival, among others.
Tom Grey is also an emerging writer who has sold multiple screenplays including ‘Elysian Park’ which is being produced by Mad Chance, makers of such films as 10 Things I Hate About You, Get Smart, and I Love You Phillip Morris. 
Tom is currently working with his book agent on a three book fantasy adventure series and is excited to continue his partnership with Sonya on their own, independent, Player Piano Channel.

To Download Sonya's original arrangement of Akira, go to:

Award winning Composer & Pianist Sonya Belousova and Director Tom Grey bring the classic Japanese anime, Akira, to life in the premiere episode of Player Piano on the Geek & Sundry Network. Featuring Cellist Eru Matsumoto. 

Be sure to like, share, and let us know in the comments which songs or soundtracks you'd like to see Sonya arrange and perform in future episodes. 

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Directed by: Tom Grey @theRealTomGrey
Arranged and Performed by: Sonya Belousova 

Featuring: Eru Matsumoto (Electric Cello),

Recorded and Mixed by: Guillermo Marin

Executive Producer: Shawn Strider
Producer: Joe Brown
1st AD: Andy Newman 
PA: Hector Soto 
Casting: Stephanie Pressman
D.P.: Stephen Paar
1st AC: Joey Rassool (and End Card D.P.) 
BTS: Jay Light
Gaffer: Dan Prostak 
Grip: Matt Moroughan 
Grip: Grant Linden
Production Designer: Megan Burns
Art Director: Kia Herman
SFX Makeup: Jen Giragos
Beauty Hair/Makeup: Robyn Rebbe 
Wardrobe: Manzi DeYoung
VFX: Alessandro Schiassi
End Card GFX: Seth Ylitalo-Ward
Player Piano Logo: Joe Pimenta

Takashi: Ryan Omega 
Background: Joe Filippone 
Background: Stephen Farbman 
Background: Dakota Hinton 
Background: Michael Pao
Background: Sean Nobles 
Background: Bennett Cousins 
Background: Ariel Staehle
Background: Peter Srinivasan 
Background: Joseph Paloma 
Background: Kolby Roberts 
Special Guest: Amy Dallen
Special Guest: Omar Najam
Special Guest: James "Tigermonkey" Isaacs
Special Guest: Dael Kingsmill

Special Thanks:
Anime Expo
Marc Perez
Shawn Strider 
Bangzoom Entertainment 
Eric Sherman
Firehouse Recording Studios
Jeremy Soule
Ryan Meyer
Bob Neikamp

Lighting and Grip equipment provided by:

Written by: Shoji Yamashiro
Published by: Victor Music Arts Inc. C/O Reach Music Publishing Inc.

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