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Yoko Kanno

Japanese composer, arranger, musician

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  • Feb 9, 2010
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A Japanese composer capable of truly moving people with her music, which she artfully combines with anime scenes to set the mood perfectly.
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review by . May 30, 2009
Yoko Kanno
For fans of japanimation, Yoko Kanno needs no introduction. She's been the go-to gal for some of the most popular animations and video games this side of the galaxy. Too many to name here, but among them are the iconic "Cowboy Beebop" and "Ghost in the Shell". Both of these popular tv series are carried by her exquisite sound. And how exquisite it is.    Stand Alone Complex, her soundtrack for the first of the Ghost in the Shell TV series, moves between various musical genres …
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Yoko Kanno was born March 19, 1964 in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. She is a composer, arranger and musician best known for her work on the soundtracks for many games, anime films, TV series, live-action movies, and advertisements. She has written scores for famous animated works, including Macross Plus, Turn A Gundam, Cowboy Bebop, Vision of Escaflowne, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Wolf's Rain, and is the most trusted composer by veteran and new-wave directors such as Yoshiyuki Tomino, Shinichiro Watanabe and Shoji Kawamori.[1] Kanno has also composed music for J-pop artists, the most notable being Maaya Sakamoto and Kyōko Koizumi. She is also a skilled keyboardist, and is the frontwoman for The Seatbelts, who perform many of Kanno's compositions on the various original soundtracks for which she is responsible.
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