Saori KOBAYASHI is a talented musician and graduate of the Musashino Musicae Academae, a music conservatory located in Nerima, Tokyo. When she isn’t composing, she works as a teacher for Roland in Shibuya, Tokyo. She currently lives in Yokohama, Japan with her husband and is a member of the music label Brave Wave Productions.
Saori KOBAYASHI has composed memorable scores for a dozen games over the years, from licensed titles to entries in the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise. Even with this large body of work, it could be argued there is no soundtrack of hers more beloved than 1998’s Panzer Dragoon Saga. The game’s expansive, dragon-filled world sprang to life thanks to her moving and captivating work.
She would return to this style in 2002 with Panzer Dragoon Orta, and again in 2013 with Xbox One-exclusive Crimson Dragon. Both continued the proud tradition set in place with Saga, and that work would pave the way for 2014’s Journey.
After Journey, Saori KOBAYASHI put her focus into an all-new album for Brave Wave, one that would serve as a spiritual successor to her prior work on the Dragoon series. There hasn’t been a game in that series since Orta, so she wanted to make something that could act as a soundtrack for a theoretical Dragoon game that doesn’t exist – and that’s how 2016’s Terra Magica came to be.
Rounding out the supporting cast for Terra Magica is Eri ITO, a vocalist who also worked on the Orta and Crimson Dragon games. Her talents fuse with the rest of the team to create an unforgettable album that fans of games – and just great, thoughtful music – will love.
Other major titles Saori KOBAYASHI has worked on include Sylvan Tale, NiGHTS into dreams, Shadowgate 64, and more recently, Adventure Time Puzzle Quest. Her independent work includes contributions to Brave Wave’s original albums, IN FLUX and Heart Beat Circuit by Smoke Thief and Retro-Active Pt. 2 by Keiji Yamagishi.
Saori KOBAYASHI is an experienced live music performer, having performed as AKANE numerous times as well as having performed at BitSummit MMXIV in Kyoto.
Japan Expo 17th Impact in Paris will represent her first ever performance outside of Japan. Don’t miss Saori KOBAYASHI x JAGMO on the Karasu stage on Friday and Sunday for an outstanding video game music time, and at signings on the same days!
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