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August 8 - August 10, 2014
Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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Guests: Sunday Concert

"PIANO ME" featuring Yoko Kanno

Otakon's Sunday Concert features the world premiere performance of Yoko Kanno's presentation new project, "PIANO ME", at Otakon. For this concert, the simple intimacy of one performer with one instrument will be enhanced by experimental live visuals that respond to her performance.

Our Sunday show with Yoko Kanno is aiming for a different vibe, reminding us that beauty and wonder can come from the power of something as simple as timeless music performed live on a single piano. It's a statement that no matter how big and crazy Otakon can feel, we can still create those special, intimate moments where an amazing artist can connect directly with fans and make magic happen.

Ms. Kanno provides a taste of her performance through this video.

We are also delighted to welcome the talented singer/songwriter Chiaki Ishikawa, who will open the show with an acoustic set. Ms. Ishikawa's solo performance will showcase her skills and is a worthy companion piece to Ms. Kanno's.

Ms. Ishikawa also recorded a welcome message for Otakon.

Please note that you will NOT need to buy a separate ticket to see this show; all registered members are eligible to attend.

More details will be provided a little closer to the event -- with plenty of time for you to plan appropriately. (We're still working on some of the specifics.)

Yoko Kanno

While studying at Waseda University, Yoko Kanno made her first debut as a member of "Tetsu 100%" which was released from CBS Sony. After the group split up, she became a composer/arranger for commercials, animation, movies, games and TV series. Known as a great master of animation music, her best works include Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Cowboy Bebop, MACROSS Frontier, Genesis of Aquarion, and The Vision of Escaflowne. She has also written and produced songs for artists such as SMAP, May'n, YUKI, Miki Imai, Maaya Sakamoto, Kyoko Koizumi, Crystal Kay, T.M Revolution, Shione Yukawa, Chitose Hajime, YOSHIKA, ORIGA and more.

Her recent performances include in 2008 the "Galaxy Tour" for MACROSS Frontier as well as in 2009 for the "YOKO KANNO SEATBELTS / Chojiku Tanabata Sonic" event of which both were sold out almost immediately.

For the recently released movie Petal Dance which came out in April 2013, she wrote a piano soundtrack which she performs herself. The piano score will be released from her own label PIANO. In summer 2013, she plans to release a score of "Song of departure, which is A Cappella Arrangements for Male Voices."

Chiaki Ishikawa Chiaki Ishikawa

As a child Chiaki was invited to join a Sunday school choir. There she was impressed with the voice of a boy soprano and soon she joined and started singing in the choir. After graduating from the school she wanted to challenge herself as a vocalist, she joined her sister's band and made several live show appearances in Tokyo.

Later, Chiaki made her major debut as the vocalist of SeeSaw, and the artist activity grew through their work on various anime themes such as in Mermaid's Forest, You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle, and the movie Mobile Suit Gundam 00 The Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer. She has also written songs for other vocalists that were featured in shows such as Mobile Gundam Suit SEED, Kaze no Stigma, and Mobile Gundam Suit 00.

Now she focuses her work on a solo artist activity as Chiaki Ishikawa and has for the last few years appeared as one of the artists at Animelo Summer Live (the biggest annual anime songs concert in Japan) for theme song singles.

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