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Tanasonic’s lucky number

Tanabata is the Japanese star festival happening every year on July 7. For some reason Yoko Kanno chose this date for her biggest live ever to celebrate her composer carrier 15th anniversary in the anime industry. She played with the number 7 a lot; the date, the ticket price, the start hour… So now it’s my turn to play as well, writing this article exactly 7 years after it happened!

Tanasonic, aka the Super Dimensional Tanabata Sonic (超時空七夕ソニック), happened on July 7, 2009, in Saitama, 1 hour north of Tokyo. It took place in Saitama Super Arena and was a mindblowing 3 hours long concert hosted by Yoko Kanno, along with the Seatbelts, Maaya Sakamoto, Origa, Yamane Mai, Steve Conte, Scott Matthew, May’n, Megumi Nakajima, the choir Gey’s Ax and the full Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra. Did you get why “Super Dimensional” now? Continue reading Tanasonic’s lucky number

Words or music is the same when expressing something

The CPRA (Center for Performers’ Rights Administration) published an interview in October 2011. I actually wrote a very incomplete translation in 2011 and I found it back recently so I thought it was time to complete it! (lol)

That was 6 months after the big earthquake that ravaged Japan’s Miyagi prefecture on March 11, and Yoko Kanno had just written Flowers Will Bloom, a song for a NHK charity project that has become very popular since then.

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Words or music is the same when expressing something

Initially published on October 4, 2011 Continue reading Words or music is the same when expressing something

What happened in 2015

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Piano Me

Yoko Kanno performed a live piano and singing concert in Baltimore on August 11, 2013.

Since the event is over, I will do a small recap starting with the teasing.

On April 20, 2013, Piano Inc. published a mysterious Youtube video showing a disguised Yoko Kanno playing Tank! and Voices on a piano with special lightning, with the following hints:

HELLO,
CAN YOU PIANO ME?
YOKO KANNO
I HOPE YOU CAN SEE IT
SEE YOU IN THE SUMMER…..!

That was to promote an upcoming live piano concert entitled “Yoko Kanno -piano me-” that took place on August 11, 2013 at the Otakon in Baltimore (USA). It was officially announced by Piano Inc. on May 17, 2013 on their Facebook page.

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As described on the Otakon website, “Otakon’s Sunday Concert features the world premiere performance of Yoko Kanno’s presentation new project, “PIANO ME”, at Otakon. For this concert, the simple intimacy of one performer with one instrument will be enhanced by experimental live visuals that respond to her performance. Our Sunday show with Yoko Kanno is aiming for a different vibe, reminding us that beauty and wonder can come from the power of something as simple as timeless music performed live on a single piano. It’s a statement that no matter how big and crazy Otakon can feel, we can still create those special, intimate moments where an amazing artist can connect directly with fans and make magic happen.”

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A few days before the event, Piano Inc. made up a request page so that fans can say which music they would want to be played.

Also, on August 2, 2013, the involved staff was credited on the Piano Inc. Facebook page.

Piano Inc. published the setlist, the staff credits and four photos on a Facebook album.

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Setlist:

01. Tank!
02. Nomad Soul
03. Katarina
04. Innocent Green
05. Resonance of the earth
06. Gravity〜Baltimore special medley
07. Fanelia
08. Monochrome*
09. Apollon Blue
10. Rakuen
11. Power of the Light

-encore1-
12. Someday My Prince Will Come
13. The Real Folk Blues
14. Wo Qui Non Coin*

– encore2-
15. Star Spangled Banner (USA national anthem)

– encore3-
16. Tank! (reprise)

*Monochrome and Wo Qui Non Coin were sung by Yoko Kanno (or Gabriela Robin if you prefer).

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Staff:

piano : Yoko Kanno
programmer : Daito Manabe (Rhizomatiks)
piano decor : Momoko Nakamura (momonoma)
sound engineer : zAk
lighting director : Masayoshi Takada (RYU Inc.)
designer : Shinya Ito (DENTSU TEC INC.)
production manager : Yukiko Kiba
producer : Tommy

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“The LuLuLun Song”

Yoko Kanno wrote「ルルルンの歌」(“The LuLuLun Song”), the theme of a campaign for LuLuLun face masks.

The campaign started on June 6, 2013. Short versions of the CM were broadcasted on TV while a full 2:05 version was released on LuLuLun official website and Youtube channel.

The song is labeled by Piano Inc. and is performed by 永遠の少女合唱団 (Eien no Shoujo Gasshoudan [trans: Eternal Girls Choir]).

The full music is available on the Piano Inc. sounds page.

Is the background chorus starting at 0:55 performed by Gabriela Robin? I guess we will never know.

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The lyrics are available on the official website and in the description of the Youtube videos:

素肌が乾けば 心が乾いていく
キメが乱れて きもちが乱れていく
メイクの奥には 孤独や寂しさを
隠して 今日も生きてます

でも運命は(運命は) 突然かもしれない(しれない)
明日恋に落ちるかもしれない だから

「あのアイドルのような!」
「輝く水面のような!」
「ゆでたまごのような!」
そんなお肌になりたいのです

メイク落とさず寝た夜もあった
すっぴんにどん引きされた夜もあった
高級マスクと一夜かぎりの誓いを結んだ夜もありました

いつも魔法を(魔法を) 探しています(います)
いくつになっても 魔法を信じてます(いい歳こいてさ〜)

ルルルン ルルルン
今夜もルルルン
明日もルルルン
明後日ルルルン
し明後日ルルルン

ルルルン ルルルン
夢見る ルルルン
恋する ルルルン
感じる ルルルン
愛される ルルルン

ルルルンは鼻歌じゃありません
商品名です

Sources:

Piano Inc. official website
LuLuLun official website
LuLuLun Youtube channel