Waseda Glee Club Performance Report + Release

December 7th, 2012

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.

Mellsavon CM

December 5th, 2012

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.

Maaya Best Clips

December 5th, 2012

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.

Details:

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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.

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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
2. Triangler
3. Ame ga Furu
4. Magic Number
5. everywhere
6. DOWN TOWN
7. Himitsu
8. Buddy
9. Okaerinasai
10. Short Movie Driving in the silence
(Driving in the silence~Sayonara Santa~Driving in the silence-reprise-)
11. More Than Words

Petal Dance

December 5th, 2012

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.

Mitsubachi Lands in the Oricon Weeklies at #9

November 25th, 2012


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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.

Waseda University Glee Club x Kanno

November 15th, 2012

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:

https://twitter.com/waseda_glee/status/239719539238117376

【定期演奏会情報006】委嘱初演その2は、CMやアニメ、ドラマ、映画の楽曲を数多く作曲なさっている菅野よう子さんによる新曲です。

(translation) Regular Concert Information 6: The second part of our first performance is a new song by Yoko Kanno. She is composer who has done a lot of CM, anime, drama, movie compositions.

https://twitter.com/waseda_glee/status/240020073371299840

【定期演奏会情報007】委嘱初演その2は作曲者である菅野よう子さんの初の合唱曲です!!

(translation) Regular Concert Information 7: The second part of our first performance is a chorus by composer Yoko Kanno!!

https://twitter.com/waseda_glee/status/240370836811427840

ちなみに昨日は菅野よう子さんが合宿先にいらっしゃいました。直接ご指導いただき、団員のモチベーションもアップ!!

(translation) By the way, Kanno came before the training camp yesterday. We received direct instructions from her, and our members’ spirits soared!!

https://twitter.com/waseda_glee/status/240455946357325824

ワセグリ×菅野よう子さんの情報は、今後随時公開予定ですのでご期待ください!

(translation) News about the Waseda Glee Club and Kanno collaboration will soon be released, please look forward to it!

The concert will be held on December 1, 2012. The song is called “Song of Departure“, composition and lyrics by Kanno.