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→
To us Yoko Kanno fans, Origa was an amazing singer who performed the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex openings with her stunning electro-lyrical voice. One year after her passing, I think she deserves a special post because she was way more than just a gifted singer, and of course we'll talk about her collaborations with Yoko.
Life and carreer
Origa, from her true name Olga Yakovleva, was born on October 12, 1970, near Novosibirsk in Russia. She started studying music when she was 5 and she wrote a song she performed on TV when she was 11. Music seems to have always been a important part of her life.
Today’s a big day, cause Maaya Sakamoto announced she will be performing with Yoko Kanno next year for her 20th anniversary project.
This commemoration live is entitled FOLLOW ME and will take place at Saitama Super Arena, one hour away from Tokyo. For the record, it’s exactly where Yoko Kanno performed the Tanasonic concert 5 years ago!
Yoko Kanno is listed as a guest along with the band apart.
Maaya Sakamoto 20th anniversary live FOLLOW ME Guests: Yoko Kanno, the band apart Date: 2015-04-25, opens at 2pm and starts at 4pm Location: Saitama Super Arena Price: pre-sale ¥ 8,640, public sale ¥ 9,180 (LED wrist band incl.) Ticket sale start day: 2015-03-14