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.
(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.