Archive for the ‘Yoko Kanno News’ Category

“Merry Song” Male Vocalist Audition

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

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:

- Male
- 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!

Source: PIANO INC., Coma

Macross Plus Complete Blu-ray Box (Limited Edition)

Sunday, January 13th, 2013


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.

63rd Kouhaku Annual New Year’s Eve Singing Contest

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

Kanno during the rehearsal

Last December 31, 2012, Kanno was once more involved in the Kouhaku Uta Gassen for the performance of “Hana wa Saku”. She also notably wrote the theme song for the previous year. This year, she conducted for “Hana wa Saku”, alongside the piano accompaniment of Nobuyuki Tsujii, and a chorus which included notable personalities Toshiyuki Nishida, Masatoshi Nakamura, Kumiko Mori, Shizuka Arakawa, and Sandwich Man.

Kanno was also reported to be a judge in the said singing contest.

Source:, Coma

Otsuka Oronain H Ointment CM

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

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.

How touching :)

Hana wa Saku – Figure Skater Version

Saturday, January 5th, 2013

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.

Tokiko Kato – KAZEUTA

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

UPDATE (December 9, 2012): For those who want to sample the song, here it is in the trailer of the Byakotai TV drama. The arrangement is wonderful!

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.

Tokiko Kato also describes the arrangement as having a chorus of males, and having festive drums. She has photos from her blog about the recording.



Sounds interesting!