Gigi Masin

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A pioneer of Italian ambient, Gigi Masin kicked off his music career in Venice in the early '70s, but it wasn't until the mid-'80s that he rose to modest prominence. 1986 album Wind, created after a lengthy time spent in Sardinia recovering from a broken heart, blew away the boundaries between ambient, jazz and pop, and is now recognised as a cult classic. Sampled by everyone from Björk to Nujabes, Masin was discovered internationally only after 2014, when Amsterdam label Music From Memory released a collection of both reissued and previously unreleased tracks on the Talk To The Sea album. That led to a veritable wave of interest from all over the world, reviving Masin's career and attracting gig offers from Japan as well. Set to hit WWW in April, the 61-year-old will be playing both a piano concert (on April 12) and an electronic set (April 18) in Tokyo during a week-long tour that'll also take him to Niigata and Osaka.

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