According to Ken’s net, aside from Kanno’s work, Michiru Oshima‘s Horatio was also performed. I am not sure though if Ms. Oshima is an alumnus of Waseda University like Kanno.
The writer describes Kanno’s piece “Song of Departure” as something that resembles her drama work, but some portions are different. He couldn’t pinpoint a specific existing piece to compare it to, but he said that it’s wonderful.
He also comments on Kanno’s unorthodox conducting (you guys know how this looks like…), that it’s not like she’s commanding. He says that it’s more like her existence directed the music, and he doubts that the performance can be reproduced if another conductor was in command.
They performed all-male choir versions of “Hana wa Saku”, and “Kagiri Naki Tabiji” of Turn A Gundam for their encore.
She did not sing, but she performed a solo piano of the Waseda University song.
According to coma, there will be a CD and DVD release in the future, but Kagiri Naki Tabiji will not be included in the DVD, not sure of the reason but maybe for licensing issues.
UPDATE (December 5, 2012): For those interested, you may purchase this song from iTunes. And here I discover that the singer is Frida Lyngstad of ABBA (!). EDIT: That looks like a blunder from the iTunes store, since the singer is credited to Frida Sundemo.
Here is a set of videos containing the Mellsavon CM, with music by Kanno, featuring the light, relaxing vocals of Frida. Don’t forget to check it out also in Grand Funk for a much clearer and longer version of the song.
UPDATE (December 5, 2012): Jacket, track list added.
The videos that came originally with the Mitsubachi special edition single will be released separately, on January 2013.
Release Title: Maaya Best Clips Price: Y4000 (Y4200 Tax in.) [approx. US$ 50.08] Release Date: January 23, 2012 Description: DVD release of Maaya Sakamoto including music clip compilation. Originally this DVD comes on blu-ray format with new single collection album limited edition (reference VTZL-50). Purchase from CDJapan.
Release Title: Maaya Best Clips [Blu-ray] Price: Y4500 (Y4725 Tax in.) [approx. US$ 56.33] Release Date: January 23, 2012 Description: Blu-ray release of Maaya Sakamoto including music clip compilation. Originally this blu-ray comes with new single collection album limited edition (reference VTZL-50). Purchase from CDJapan.
1. Saigo no Kajitsu
3. Ame ga Furu
4. Magic Number
6. DOWN TOWN
10. Short Movie Driving in the silence
（Driving in the silence～Sayonara Santa～Driving in the silence-reprise-）
11. More Than Words
Kanno will be making the music for the movie “Petal Dance”, directed by Hiroshi Ishikawa. They have previously worked on the movie Tokyo.sora in 2002, Su-ki-da, back in 2005. The movie will air on April 30, 2013. Watch the trailer above, the music sounds ethereal.
I was actually hoping that I was late by a week, but it seemed that the release may have just been initially buoyed by pre-orders, and it landed 6 spots lower than the debut day. Either way, 19654 units for a compilation is pretty good, in my opinion.
UPDATE (November 15, 2012): Song title added. UPDATE (October 15, 2012): Kanno will be conducting her piece. Date of performance also added.
As many might remember, Yoko Kanno studied college in Waseda University, and would remember best the trivia that she did not go to study music, but rather, literature. Now it seems that she has written a song to be performed by the school’s glee club. The news was announced through their twitter feed, and here are the relevant posts: