This Nobuyuki Mizuoka composition was performed solo by him on June 27, 2013. During certain informal live gigs at local venues around Tokyo, Mizuoka-san would habitually play 9 to 13 complete, original songs non-stop. All or most of them — with the likely exception of any brand-new melody — he would play entirely from memory, inserting innovative, intriguing shifts in subtlety, whimsy and drama at just the right moments. So it’s simply not practical for the eager listener at a subsequent performance to expect a verbatim repeat of any gems of phrasing that Mizuoka-san had played before — this is virtually impossible for him to do! Creativity always ‘has the upper hand’ with this piano player.
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The unique melodies of Composer-Pianist Nobuyuki Mizuoka are routinely featured in the background music of the TV-Asahi Channel’s 秘湯ロマン (“Hitou Roman”— Hidden Hot Spring Romance) program in Japan. “Hitou Roman” was profiled in Yahoo News Japan in October 2018, the program’s 20th Anniversary Year: https://tinyurl.com/yb6xpa52