5 August 1965 (age 53)
Motoi Sakuraba (桜庭統, Sakuraba Motoi, born August 5, 1965) has composed music for various Japanese video games (such as Dark Souls and the Tales of series), anime series (such as Star Ocean EX), and TV dramas (such as Cyber Bi-Shoujo Telomere) as well as independent progressive rock albums. Sakuraba is regularly contracted for composing work through his own TEAM Entertainment, a company founded in 1999 to promote and license the work of artists.
With respects to his musical style, Sakuraba takes the baroque and melodic Japanese progressive rock of the 1980s and expands it with his own trademark complex rhythms, emotional flutes, use of male choir and heavy reverb. The lighter side of his style is a crossover between symphonic progressive rock, cinematic orchestra and new age. Sakuraba is also known for introducing many jazz-like improvisations to his music style. In recent years he has made a serious effort toward expanding his style even further.
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