This week on E. Leventine, we will be highlighting the extremely eclectic work of composer Yoko Kanno of Japan.
Lets start things off with a video. This is a live performance of one of her most iconic songs, “Tank!” (from the original score of Cowboy Bebop) performed by the band she fronts, The Seatbelts. That’s her, onstage in a red leather duster, simply dancing while the crowd goes understandably insane at her mere presence.
As any Japanophile knows, Yoko Kanno is responsible for some of the best pan-media original scores composed this century. You’ll find her work in anime, video games, TV shows and on the pop charts through her work with various Japanese pop idols. The genres she composes range from electronica to blues to straight up operas. She writes songs in Japanese, English, French and what sound like dead latin-based languages I can’t for the life of me place.
We’re in for a good week.