Kanno Composes This Year’s Kohaku Theme

UPDATE (Jan 5, 2012): Video added.

Thank you to everyone who sent this news in!

From Anime News Network:

Yoko Kanno, the acclaimed musical composer of Cowboy Bebop, Macross Frontier, Escaflowne, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and other anime, penned the opening theme song for this year’s Kōhaku Uta Gassen (Red and White Song Battle) event on New Year’s Eve. The song “1231″ expresses the figurative opening of curtains to a bright future

Kanno was born in Miyagi, the prefecture hardest hit by the March 11 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake (Higashi Nihon Daishinsai) disaster. Days after the earthquake and tsunami, she posted a song of support she sang herself.

Kōhaku Uta Gassen is the highest rated musical television program of the year in Japan. This year’s event will include performances by Nana Mizuki, AKB48, L’Arc-en-Ciel, Porno Graffiti, Ayumi Hamasaki, Arashi, EXILE, and SMAP, as well as a video message from Lady Gaga

Other sources: Tower Records Japan, NHK

11 Responses to “Kanno Composes This Year’s Kohaku Theme”

  1. Darius Says:

    Good thing she’s not collaborating with Lady Gaga. Yuck!!! I hope to hear the song soon!!!

  2. Xard Says:

    A big honor for sure

    I wonder who’s going to perform it

  3. Yyrkoon Says:

    Is that the opening theme she wrote?
    It looks like some Macross F BGM :)

  4. Yyrkoon Says:

    Forgot the youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P2T5IzpVAQ

    It’s written at the bottom at the beginning of the video : “Opening theme: 1231, Yoko Kanno”

  5. Yyrkoon Says:

    Found it!

  6. mai Says:

    Thanks for that! The second link doesn’t work though…

  7. Xard Says:

    NHK takes that stuff quickly off youtube…. found out it on my own when I first found similar clip few days ago and it was almost immeaditly afterwards deleted

    A bit disappoint it was BGM and not a song but it’s good piece. Very Macrossesque :)

  8. Yyrkoon Says:

    Hehe, I ripped it, yeah!

    Here it is: http://www.box.com/s/t32cujk46kx54nvs5tuh

    The music is about 2’40”.

  9. Xard Says:

    This year Kanno was part of guest jury! :)


  10. omo Says:

    here’s a nice picture of her from one of the report blogs:

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