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菅野よう子

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Miyagi Prefecture, Japan

菅野よう子 (Yōko Kanno), born March 19, 1964 in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, is a Japanese 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”, “The 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. Kanno has also composed music for pop artists, the most notable being 坂本真綾 (Maaya Sakamoto) and 小泉今日子 (Kyōko Koizumi). She is also a skilled keyboardist, and is the frontwoman for シートベルツ (Seatbelts), who perform many of Kanno’s compositions on the various original soundtracks for which she is responsible.

Some of her most famous soundtrack themes include “Voices” (Macross Plus), “The Real Folk Blues” (Cowboy Bebop), “Yakusoku wa Iranai” (Escaflowne), “Gravity” (Wolf’s Rain), and “Inner Universe” (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex). She was the lead member of the project band called The Seatbelts, which regrouped in the year of 2004 to compose the soundtrack of the PlayStation 2 Cowboy Bebop video game, released in Japan in 2005.

Her early career includes her part in the jazz band てつ100%. She has composed for many Koei games released during the late 1980s to early 1990s and for Napple Tale, a Dreamcast game. Due to her close involvement in the Cowboy Bebop anime, the game released by Bandai also features her work.

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