Koto is a name used by several artists, including:
1. An italo disco act founded in the 80s. Koto represents the sound of the early Italo Disco era from the 80's with his melodic synth driven dancetracks. He performed several times on the German music show Formel Eins wearing a karate suit (black belt of course) and bouncing in front of his keyboard while playing hits like Jabdah and Visitors.
2. KOTO, a Japanese solo idol who performs with an electropop sound. Her debut single "KOTOlip" was produced by Sasaki Kissa of new wave / synth punk unit Recoride. She is also the lead singer of the band "kotofolic".
1: Originally, Koto was a duo of composer Anfrando Maiola and producer, late Stefano Cundari. Due to their record label being purchased by a bigger label (ZYX Music) the rights for the name "Koto" also went to ZYX, which had asked Dutch producer Michiel Van Der Kuy (Laserdance) to work on the Koto project. He has re-recorded some of old Koto hits ("Masterpieces") and some more albums.
Later, Anfrando Maiola has won back the rights to the name "Koto" and continues the project, but in different, techno style.
2: KOTO began dancing in elementary school, and entered many contests. In 2011, she became a model for the CHEER brand and slowly began gaining popularity, leading to her debut as an idol in January, 2014. Backed up by popular electronic artists like SAWA and Sasaki Kissa, KOTO is currently renowned for her fast-paced, high-energy sound and her high level of dancing skill, leading to performances in important venues such as Shibuya's WOMB, known internationally as a holy ground for electronic music.
KOTO's first full-length album, "Platonic Planet", was released in 2015 to a very positive reception for an indies idol. Early in the same year she began performing in kotofolic, her band project, which debuted with the song "Fanfare".
KOTO official site: http://www.kotora.tokyo
KOTO official Twitter: @koccyan925
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