An audition is on-going for a male vocalist of the theme song “Merry Song” for a non-profit cultural project, in which Kanno is the composer and producer. The demo is being streamed, and the instrumental and lyrics of the songs are available in the PIANO INC. website. The final recording is possibly composed of one or more vocalists.
The requirements for the vocalists are as follows:
- Student / Professional / Amateur experience doesn’t matter. Age may be up to 21 and a half years old.
- Resume with a photo
- Residence is not important. Foreigners are welcome.
- Should participate in a recording around the middle of February, should be filmed for a music video, and perform in an event.
Deadline for submission is on January 30.
The instrumental version sounds very much like Hana wa Saku, but with the lyrics it tends to sound very different. Looking forward to the actual purpose of this song!
Release Title: Macross Plus Complete Blu-ray Box (Limited Edition) Price: Y17,000 (Y17,850yen Tax in) [approx. US$ 190.58] Format: Blu-ray (Region-free) Release Date: June 21, 2013 Description: Blu-ray release from amazing SF anime “Macross Plus” directed by Shoji Kawamori and characters designed by Masayuki (“Evangelion”)! Music made famous Yoko Kanno composer and songs were performed by Mai Yamane and Akino Arai! Includes the 4 OVA series and movie edition in HD remaster version with English language (dubbed and subtitles.) Also comes with booklet (100 pages), sketch book (32 pages), box illustrated by Hidetaka Tenjin and inner jacket by Masayuki. This is a limited release to remain available only through December, 2013. Special Features: North America report, staff interview, TV spots, PV, trailers, and more. Purchase from CDJapan.
The new Oronain H Ointment CM, entitled “Mother’s hands also grows old” is composed by Kanno. The music is not yet in Grand Funk, and the credits to the composition is hard to stumble by, but it’s in the staff section of Otsuka’s site for the CM.
Last December 2012, NHK aired a piano and chorale version of Hana wa Saku where pro-figure skater Shizuka Arakawa danced to the song, along with child figure skaters from Miyagi. The chorale is composed of children from Sendai.
It’s really beautiful, not sure about licenses so watch it while it’s up here at YouTube.
Kanno will be arranging Tokiko Kato’s song “KAZEUTA [trans: WINDSONG]“, to be released this November 21, 2012. The song will be used in TV Tokyo’s 2013 New Year drama presentation, Byakotai.
Release Title: Tokiko Jyojyoka – Kazeuta - Price: Y2381 (Y2500 Tax incl.) [approx. US$ 29.30 US Dollar] Release Date: November 21, 2012 Description: Album from Tokiko Kato includes “Kazeuta,” “Aoi Koinobori to Shiroi Carnation,” and more. Purchase from CDJapan.