Anime Pianist TehIshter Brings Anime Piano Concert to Los Angeles


It looks like Singapore won’t be the only place to receive an anime piano concert. Looks like the next stop for Youtube anime pianist TehIshter will be Los Angeles!

Back in 2013, TehIshter teamed up with longtime anime piano arranger AnimeNZ to perform a concert called Attack on Piano, held all the way out in Singapore. The concert brought in a lot of anime fans and was generally regarded to be a big success. Although our staffer wasn’t able to confirm that this would be anything more than a one-shot deal, TehIshter posted on his Facebook page on January 3rd confirming that there would be more concerts down the line and that the first one will take place in Los Angeles where TehIshter started playing the piano.

As of now, there’s little information about venue, time, or even ticketing information. The only information we have is that the concert will be held sometime in the spring of 2014. So with that, we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears out for further announcements and will keep you all updated!

Otakon 2013 Brings in Composer Yoko Kanno and Chiaki Ishikawa as Guests

Otakon 2013
Otakon, the annual anime convention held in Baltimore near the tail end of summer, has hit its 20th year milestone and is celebrating that in style! This year’s production has already featured some big names like TM Revolution, the singer who paired up with Nana Mizuki to perform Valvrave the Liberator’s “Preserved Roses” opening theme! But arguably the most sought-after performance will be none other than the Otakon Sunday concert which will feature Yoko Kanno and Chiaki Ishikawa!

Right now, it’s really hard to tell what will go down. According to the site, it says that Yoko Kanno will be performing something called “Piano Me” which will consist of Kanno on solo piano. But beyond that, the details are sparse. As most anime fans know, Yoko Kanno is responsible for composing music to anime writing the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack as well as, more recently, the soundtrack for Sakamichi no Apollon, better known as Kids on the Slope in the West.

Chiaki Ishikawa will also get a chance to showcase her skills as she opens up the concert. For those not aware, Chiaki Ishikawa performed the evergreen opening song to Bokurano, titled “Uninstall” as well as the ending theme to Majestic Prince, through a song titled “Sayonara Tteiu”. In the past, she’s also worked as a part of See-Saw on the .hack franchise.

Given all that’s out there, I’d say that this year’s Otakon experience beats out the Anime Expo experience by a stretch, as fun as the latter was. Because of that, we’ll look forward to seeing how things go down and the impressions thereof!

Yuki Kajiura August 31 Live Concert Streamed


If you were at Anime Expo and can’t seem to get enough of Yuki Kajiura’s concert presence, August 31 should give you an opportunity to catch her in person. On August 31, at 7pm Japan time, Yuki Kajiura will be set to perform live. While this might normally not be worth mentioning because it will take place in Japan, the promising news is that people living outside Japan have the opportunity to view it as it’s streaming live!

To watch Yuki Kajiura live, head over to the concert event’s Ustream page. Information on ticketing can also be found on Ustream. Do keep in mind that tickets will cost 1,000 yen and you have to have a Ustream account or log in through Facebook.  Thankfully, this is not region-locked and if you have purchased your Ustream ticket, you get the bonus of being able to view archived footage of the event.  So set your clocks, purchase those tickets, and look forward to another magical, musical evening with Kajiura.

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Former Supercell Singer Nagi Yanagi to Appear at Singapore Anime Convention

Nagi Yanagi has been recently announced as a guest at Singapore’s A Certain Magical Event (abbreviated A.C.M.E.).  This will be A.C.M.E.’s fourth iteration and will be held this coming weekend, August 25, 2012 at the Singapore Expo, Garnet Room.  The announcement of Nagi Yanagi has come more or less at the last minute, but needless to say, there’s much excitement to be had.

Nagi Yanagi has gotten her start as a singer for doujin music, but her biggest splash came as a result of Bakemonogatari’s ending theme, “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari,” where she partnered alongside supercell composer, Ryo.  Her other works include songs like “Hero” and “Sayonara Memories,” both of which have been very popular.  After leaving supercell, she’s gone on to sing songs for anime like Ano Natsu de Matteru and Jormungand.

In any case, she will be performing a live concert at the convention.  For people looking for more information, check out A.C.M.E.’s Facebook page for more details and further announcements.

An Anime Music Retrospective: 2011 Tunes and a Chiaki Ishikawa Concert Report

2011’s anime music offered a lot of interesting melodies with composers like Hiroyuki Sawano and Yoshihisa Hirano topping the charts with anime like Guilty Crown, Ao no Exorcist, and Hunter x Hunter.  If you’re looking to see what managed to top our list of the best 15 anime soundtracks from 2011, check our anime music retrospective post, complete with plenty of samples for you to listen to so that you can figure out whether this is right up your alley.

In addition to that, we had a post recently by Arthur, who attended a Chiaki Ishikawa concert where she sang a lot of the music from when she was in the anime music group See-Saw.  No Chiaki Ishikawa concert would be complete without Bokurano’s OP theme, “Uninstall” however, and they did give that song an airing.  So if you’re interested in his thoughts on Chiaki Ishikawa’s concert as well as a concert where he got to see famed composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, head over and give his post a read.

J-pop Group Sphere a Scheduled Guest at Singapore’s Anime Festival Asia 2012

Sphere, the J-pop idol group made up of seiyuu/singers Haruka Tomatsu, Minako Kotobuki, Ayahi Takagaki, and Aki Toyosaki, will be one of the prominent guests who will make their appearance at Anime Festival Asia held in Singapore towards the middle of November.

Needless to say, this is big news as this seiyuu idol pop group has risen quite a bit since their debut singing the opening song to Hatsukoi Limited, titled “Future Stream.” After that, the group has gone on to release such hits as Hanasaku Iroha’s ending theme, “Hazy” and Otome Youkai Zakuro’s opening theme, “Moon Signal.”

Sphere will be joining some other big names at Anime Festival Asia this year, so stay tuned for a more detailed listing of all the other anime music artists who will be performing a concert along with them at the convention.  The only note is that no concert dates have been set thus far, so details will be forthcoming.

Otakon 2012 Guest Announcement: Yuuka Nanri of FictionJunction Yuuka

As the date for Otakon 2012 comes closer, there are still a few guests coming down the pipeline.  Yuuka Nanri, the voice-actress and singer is the latest guest announced for Otakon though there is no indication that she will be performing a live concert like her other FictionJunction cohorts did at Anime Expo.

Yuuka Nanri is particularly well-known for her voice roles on quite a few anime, ranging from Henrietta in the critically-acclaimed Gunslinger Girl, Saori Chiba in Hourou Musuko, and more recently, Ritsuko Mukae in Sakamichi no Apollon where she also gave her own rendition of “My Favorite Things.”  In addition to her job as a voice actress, Yuuka Nanri has also worked with Yuki Kajiura, performing such works as “Akatsuki no Kuruma,” the opening to Gundam SEED as part of Yuki Kajiura’s FictionJunction unit.  Lately, she’s also embarked as a solo artist, and has sung songs like “Shizuku,” the theme song to .hack//QUANTUM.

Otakon 2012 will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland from July 27 – July 29 for those who want to see her at the convention.

Macross Musicalture Musical Kicks Off On Stage in October

The Macross franchise, so well known for combining mecha, music, and romance into compelling anime, will be celebrating its 30-year anniversary with a live, on-stage musical.  Titled Macross the Musicalture, the performance dates for this musical will run from October 3 to October 10 at the Tokyo Dome City Hall with tickets priced at 6800 yen.

Currently there have been some details as to what the musical will focus upon as well as a preliminary character and staff list released which features Takuya Kikuchi as Vigo Walgria and Tsuchiya Zion as Ash Anderson, the Macross Musical’s male characters.  Female characters will include Sakura Crawford, played by Kana Megumi, and Daryl Walgria, played by Risa Uesugi.

Macross the Musicalture is probably a long time coming given that a major component for the Macross franchise is its music, with the most recent entry, Macross Frontier, getting strong reviews for its soundtrack.  Whether the music will shine remains to be seen, but here’s hoping for a strong showing!

More details can be found on the main website at Macross the Musicalture.

Anime Expo Concert Reports – Yuki Kajiura and FictionJunction and LiSA

This past Anime Expo 2012 saw the arrival of such stars as LiSA, the J-pop artist who performed songs from Angel Beats! and Fate/Zero as well as Yuki Kajiura, who composed music for Fate/Zero’s soundtrack as well as Puella Magi Madoka Magica’s soundtrack.  Both groups graced the Anime Expo fans with excellent concerts.  LiSA was able to showcase her energy and enthusiasm which made the performance lively and enjoyable.  Yuki Kajiura’s concert, in comparison, was more toned down in terms of its energy, but the setlist was truly amazing and allowed the audience to see just how well the members of FictionJunction could harmonize.

That said, the only hiccup in the entire concert is the fact that the venue churned out sound issues like reverb and the instrumental balance was out of whack, which intruded upon the audience’s ability to hear FictionJunction and LiSA sing their songs.  Despite these issues, it was a memorable night and one definitely worth experiencing.  Do check out the concert reports we have posted!

Macross Frontier Singer May’n to go on Rock Your Beats World Tour

For people who enjoyed May’n’s work as the singing voice for Sheryl Nome on Macross Frontier’s soundtrack, loved her Anime Expo concert performance, or enjoyed the work she did for Phi Brain’s OP theme, “Brain Diver,” you’re in luck as May’n is setting forth upon a world tour titled Rock Your Beats!

The tour itself is set to begin in late June with a visit to the Key Club in Los Angeles on June 21 where she’ll perform with a live band and sign autographs for VIP ticket holders. From there, she’ll proceed to go to Yoshi’s in San Francisco on June 23 before departing to Germany, France, South Korea, and Hong Kong.

Further information about ticket sales and concert venues outside the United States can be found on the Resonance website.

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