got to hear this shit. It's like she's hitting you over the head with a sock full of Jonny Quest!"
—Alternate John Williams, John and Yoko
Yoko Kanno is a famous Japanese
composer and musician, known primarily for her work on anime
soundtracks. Her name being attached to a project has caused much rejoicing moments for many fans.
Born in Japan in 1964 and having began her career composing video game
soundtracks in the late 1980's, she has written or otherwise contributed to the soundtracks of a large number of anime, including (but not limited to:)
Besides soundtrack work for movies, TV, anime and video games, Kanno has occasionally ventured into pop music; she has released two solo albums, and has served as producer for several albums from other musicians (including writing at least four of Maaya Sakamoto
's albums). She sometimes sings under the pseudonym of "Gabriela Robin," which for many years was her Secret Identity
. She publicly revealed herself as Robin by singing one of Robin's songs at a venue that Robin was slated to perform at, though she has not otherwise publicly acknowledged the alias.
Kanno can write in any genre known to mankind — and even a few that haven't been invented yet. She is the master of the Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly
. Surprisingly enough, she isn't a One Woman Band, something that would make her even more awesome. She is a keyboardist and frontwoman of The Seatbelts, a jazz
fusion band created exclusively for the soundtrack to Cowboy Bebop
.Alternate Universe John Williams
has a shrine dedicated to her.◊
A slightly more in-depth biography can be found here,
and a slightly more in-depth discography can be found here.
Not to be confused with Yoko Ono
. Or Yoko Oh No
: This one is more like "Yoko Hell Yeah."
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