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Hiromi Does Japanese Beer Commercial

Mmmm…beer. I like it, you like it, and so does Japanese pianist Hiromi. I think she’s trying to tell us that it’s the secret to the dexterous keyboard skills on display all over her album, Another Mind. In a commercial that aired on Japanese television in December, Hiromi sits at a piano and rips out a complex run, then she takes a gulp of Kirin Malt Squash, a Japanese light beer, and makes the universal sign of refreshment (“aaaahhhh”)-and she keeps on swingin’. It’s a trip. You can view the commercial at Kirin’s Web site-click on “TVCM” in the upper right-hand corner.

Sadly, Kirin Malt Squash isn’t available in the U.S., but Hiromi’s music is widely available, here and everywhere. In addition to Another Mind, which came out in April of last year via Telarc, the pianist released three album tracks on her Web site,, as The XYZ EP. If you’re curious about Hiromi’s music, or if you’re just cheap, you can download the tunes “XYZ,” “Truth and Lies” and “Joy” free of charge. There’s also downloadable album art available.

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