Yoko Kanno

Yoko Kanno


5/19/1964, Miyagi, Japan

Birth Name



Also Known As

Youko Kanno, Yôko Kanno, Gabriella Robin, Yoko Konno, Gabriela Robin, Kanno Yoko, よう子 菅野
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Yoko Kanno is well known in the West for her Anime (Japanese animated shows) compositions. Her style is eclectic, ranging from jazz and orchestral works to rock, electronic and new-age pieces. She is also an accomplished keyboardist and has performed some of her popular works both in the…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • For her work on Escaflowne, she used a tonal language that many people assumed was Latin. However, in an interview discussing the matter, she revealed that it isn't Latin but an "image of Latin".

    • Although she uses a variety of languages in her compositions, she confesses that she can't read nor speak them very well.

    • Ms. Kanno's current team includes Steve Conte, Tim Jensen, Scott Matthew, Ilaria Graziano and Origa.

    • Ms. Kanno scored the music for Koei's online game Uncharted Waters.

    • She is credited for composing some of the music for the PC game Nobunaga's Ambition.

    • In her earlier works, Yoko Kanno teamed with composers Hajime Mizoguchi and Akino Arai when working on the soundtracks for "Please Save My Earth" and "Voices".

    • Although famous in the West for her Anime compositions, she is
      known in Japan for her TV drama and commercial compositions. Recent TV commercial composition credits include Cocoa-Cola and Master Card International's "Priceless" campaign (song: "25nenme no Bike").

    • To relax and relieve stress, Ms. Kanno will go to the zoo instead of listening to music.

    • Credits for video game music includes Napple Tale: Arsia in Daydream and Macross Plus -Game Edition- for the PlayStation.

    • Ms. Kanno has appeared in two American Anime conventions: Otakon in 1999 and the New York Anime Expo in 2002.

    • She was nominated for an Annie for her work in "Wolf's Rain" for "Music in an Animated Television Production" (2004).

    • Toshihiro Kawamoto, the character designer for the both "Cowboy Bebop" and "Wolf's Rain", said that the character of "Ed" from "Cowboy Bebop" was based on composer Yoko Kanno.

    • She began composing music in early childhood by writing a song for a boy she liked. Her main musical influences growing up were Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy.

  • Quotes

    • (On her approach to creating the music for "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex")

      Yoko Kanno: I had this image of a formal and rigid "manly" world for the original comic. So I tried to think of ways to destroy that world.