Kanon AIR Piano Arrange Album Re-feel – Review

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Album Title: Kanon AIR Piano Arrange Album Re-feel
Anime Title: Kanon (2006), Air
Artist: Jun Maeda, OdiakeS, Shinji Orito, Magome Togoshi
Catalog Number: KSLA-0010
Release Type: Arrangement
Release Date: December 28, 2003
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Aldnoah.Zero OP Single – heavenly blue – Review

Kalafina_-_heavenly_blue

Album Title: heavenly blue
Anime Title: Aldnoah.Zero
Artist: Kalafina
Catalog Number: SECL-1545
Release Type: OP/ED Single
Release Date: August 6, 2014
Purchase at: CDJapan

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Musical Connections with Cellist Eru Matsumoto

Eru Matsumoto
Video game and anime music have long struggled to find a place within the realms of what is considered “serious” music and Eru Matsumoto probably realizes this more than most. As the principal cellist for the rePlay Symphony of Heroes video game concert at Anime Expo as well as a soloist who performed selections from Sword Art Online, Eru Matsumoto was careful to affirm her love for classical music, but also stress that music, in all its forms, should serve to connect with the audience.

In my conversation with cellist Eru Matsumoto at Anime Expo, the theme of “forging connections through music” was one that came up repeatedly. From the beginning, her interest in the cello laid the foundation upon which Eru’s musical threads would be initially stiched. But it was her passion and persistence that would ultimately allow her to reinforce those threads, thereby linking them together into a rich and meaningful tapestry. [Read more…]

AniPiano 2014 Concert feat. TheIshter & Friends

AniPiano Ishter

Imagine, for a moment, that you’re going to this hypothetical restaurant called the House of Bacon that is the talk of the town. Everyone raves over how it serves some of the most mouthwateringly scrumptious bacon that you’ll ever taste, prepared in all manners, shapes, and sizes. Now, imagine that you’ve decided to try its delicious fare and step in. But wait! You have to eat a bowl of uncooked tofu before you’re allowed to try any of the bacon. You’re right to be annoyed by this turn of events, but you grimly soldier on, determined to get to the bacon. It’s a trial, but you make it. In the end, the bacon is indeed delicious. And yet, that tofu in the beginning leaves a sour aftertaste. This wasn’t what you had signed up for.

And that describes my experience at AniPiano 2014 in a nutshell. [Read more…]

ANI-ON LIVE! Anime Expo 2014 Concert Report

Ani-on Live Anime Expo
Hullo everyone! Pointblanket here: long-time Anime Instrumentality lurker and first-time contributor. I’ll be sharing my impressions of the recent performance of up-and-coming anime rock cover band, Ani-On Live!, who played a series of shows during Anime Expo this year.

For those who are unfamiliar, this Boston-based group is led by the emphatic producer, Shota Nakama (of Video Game Orchestra), who also plays guitar and keyboard for the band. The other members normally include Maho Azuma and Luis Rivera on vocals, Masato Ito on lead guitar, Louis Ochoa on Bass, and Takuma Anzai on Drums. Ochoa and Takuma were unable to attend the shows out in Los Angeles. Instead, their parts were pre-recorded and mixed in as background accompaniment for each musical number. This tricky feat of coordination was made possible through the efforts of underground sound engineer and mixer Falk Au Yeong who is known for his contributions towards the original soundtracks for the Sonic: Before/After the Sequel fan games and his close collaboration with many of Shota’s projects.

But enough of introductions, and on with the show! When considering the limited nature of the Lounge21 venue at Anime Expo and the fact that blaring rock performances aren’t usually my type of show, Ani-On Live! put on a powerful yet fun performance whose energy was clearly reflected by the attending crowd. There was even a full line of fans performing “wotagei” throughout the evening to make the mood feel just right. [Read more…]

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