Tanabata is the Japanese star festival happening every year on July 7. For some reason Yoko Kanno chose this date in 2009 to celebrate her anime composer 15th anniversary. All the promotion and the event itself was around the number seven: the date, the ticket price, the start hour… And now let me share with you the notes I took back then 7 years ago!
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, Yoko Kanno biggest concert
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.
Continue reading Origa, the Electric Diva
Steve Conte shared 3 posts yesterday about his works with Yoko Kanno.
He speaks about his favorite song Call Me Call Me, and also about THE GARDEN OF EVERYTHING ~電気ロケットに君をつれて~ (Denki Rocket ni Kimi o Tsurete) he recorded with Maaya Sakamoto for her single Tune the Rainbow.
Continue reading Steve Conte reminiscing his work with Kanno