MILLER   &   KATSUMI
Alt Folk Duo

(2003 - 2007)


Promo Shot / 2004



LAURENCE MILLER

KATSUMI NAGAE


MILLER & KATSUMI was an alt folk duo put together with good friend, Katsumi Nagae.  Besides
being an original song writer, Katsumi also produces award winning documentary films.
His films HALEY AND MADONNA, AUSTIN'S MOVIE , and CHARLES MCGEE
have all received attention from PBS and film festivals, with HALEY AND
MADONNA receiving a local Emmy.

MILLER & KATSUMI produced a music video for Miller's song, VALENTINE SONG.
This took 1st place award at both the 2008 Philo T. Farnsworth Festival and
the 2008 Flint Film Festival.  It was also screened at the Queen's New
York Film Festival and Detroit's Shorts Film Festival.

Though no longer an active performing outfit, MILLER & KATSUMI continue to work together creatively both in music and film.
NOTE: Katsumi played bass and sang in MY BIOGRAPHY. Plans are to shoot a second M&K music video some day,
in the winter season on the ice, along to Katsumi's original surreal composition, OCEAN.



VALENTINE SONG
Written by Laurence Miller (c)
2008
This music video won first place in music video category at
Michigan's 2009 Flint Film Festival
Contact Laurence Miller to purchase a DVD for $5 donation plus S&H


FRONT DVD COVER

 
BACK DVD COVER


Cable TV Promo for "A Night to Remember"
Music Video Performance November, 2004

A Triple Bill Showcase @ Dreamland Theatre, Ypsilanti, MI.
MILLER & KATSUMI, BEN MILLER, and AMY FULGHAM



MILLER & KATSUMI'S performance in "A Night to Remember"

OCEAN
Written by Katsumi Nagae


TIME
Written by Katsumi Nagae


SILENCE OF SOULS

Written by Katsumi Nagae




MILLER & KATSUMI
"live" at Dreamland Theater CD
November, 2004

Contact Laurence Miller to purchase a CD for $10 plus S&H


MILLER & KATSUMI hamming it up for the camera, proudly displaying their
1st place trophy for VALENTINE SONG from Michigan's 2009 Flint Film Festival.



SYNOPSIS

 1)   Given this love song had a surreal flavor to both it’s “sound” and “lyric”, we had wanted to try something special.  We spoke to a local set designer and asked if he would be interested in creating a unique set for us.

 2)   Between the three of us it was decided he would build the set in his garage, with a rough, slightly Gothic look. Having broken up with the woman I was personally involved with at the time of writing this song, I encouraged
     our designer to exaggerate the imagery, fueling its dark overtone and ambiance to an otherwise lovely song.

 3)   Katsumi came up with the idea that we learn how to mime along to the recording of the song, at double speed – speeding up the music by two – later to slow the footage back down again, to standard speed.  It was then
     our intention to paste the music back in, at it’s original tempo. Of course we were not sure of the outcome, and were both thankfully and pleasantly surprised at the results.  A unique, slow syrupy look with saturated texture. 

 4)   For added fun, both Katsumi and I wore stage clothes with the apposing duality, B&W.  NOTE: The only color we wanted in the film was red.  The classic color for the expression for passionate love, valentines, and death.
     In addition to this, it was also decided that I look anxious and distracted, peering about, while Katsumi came off looking cool, calm, and collected – concentrating primarily on what lay ahead of him.

 5)   As the recording fades out at the end, so does the life in it, “the color”. And, with it, an unplugged and poorly recorded substitute recording fades in underneath, as the video turns gray. The bare bones, skeletal remains of a love gone awry.


 
Below is the double-time high-speed version of the tune which Miller & Katsumi
actually "mimed" along to, for the shooting of VALENTINE SONG to get the desired effect!

Valentine Song double-speed.mp3