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ROOKiEZ is PUNK'D

ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D formed in 2006, and exploded onto the music scene with their first single “Complication”, which can be heard as the opening theme for the second season of Durarara!! Over the past ten years ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D have performed several themes for some of the most popular anime series, such as “song for” which was used as the ending theme for BLEACH, “In My World” the opening theme for the second season for Blue Exorcist, the opening theme “Reclimb” for Yowamushi Pedal in addition to “Realize”(opening theme) and “Remind” (ending theme) from Yowamushi Pedal:Grande Road. Since their debut, they have toured extensively in Japan and throughout the world, overcoming language barriers with their passionate live performances.

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Eric Roth

Eric Roth is known for an original and expressive musical personality, recognized internationally as an orchestrator/arranger, conductor, composer, producer and educator. Eric is the music director for the A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY concert production, conducting performances on multiple continents and arranging music for the ensemble. He’s also associate music director, orchestrator and arranger for Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY, the internationally acclaimed live orchestra concert production and recording artist. His orchestrations and arrangements have been performed by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, and others. In 2016 the Pat Benatar/Neil Giraldo orchestra production launched with the Pittsburg Symphony. Eric was the primary arranger and orchestrator for this project. In 2011 he was the orchestrator and Associate Producer for Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Symphony and also for 2013’s follow-up recording. In 2014 Eric was co-producer and the main orchestrator/arranger for A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY – Live in London release. He was the conductor for the “Surprise, Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular,” at the United Center, Chicago 2011 for a list of performers that includes Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Patti Labelle, Usher, Kristin Chenoweth, Jamie Foxx and Josh Groban. Eric’s worked as conductor and orchestrator for live performances by chart-topping singer/songwriter John Ondrasik/Five For Fighting and arranged music for the live Five For Fighting String Quartet production. He’s been the conductor for performances by the Utah Symphony Orchestra, the KMH Symphony Orchestra (Stockholm, Oslo), and for orchestras/ensembles with artists such as Seal, Jewel and Stevie Nicks. Original music includes music for the documentary film Baseball’s Been Very, Very Good to Me: The Minnie Minoso Story, music for Curious George’s Dictionary application for mobile devices and other applications by Scrollmotion, ER’s own recording of minimal percussion music Battery, Lyceum for Percussion Ensemble and solo recitation, Marquette, Michigan, The Clark Street Bridge Project for 80-plus percussionists—for the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and Secret Cheese—for the Tate Modern, London. etc. Eric’s taught at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music (New York), Boston University (Distance Ed.) and other institutions. ABD for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music composition at The Graduate Center (City University of New York), Eric holds a MA from Mills College and a BA from the University of Michigan. His composition teachers include Tania Leon and Alvin Curran.

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Hitoshi Sakimoto

He started activities as game music composer through his work on the doujin game ‘Revolter'(1988) when he was student. After working as a freelance artist for 8 years, he established Basiscape Co., Ltd.in 2002, and inaugurated as CEO. While concurrently holding positions of composer and CEO, he is also ambitiously trying to train young artists. He established his position as a pioneer of orchestral formation game music by ‘Ogre Battle'(1993), ‘FINAL FANTASY TACTICS'(1997). A number of his works with magnificent scale and profound sound are getting endless support from overseas as well as in Japan. Sakimoto’s masterpieces includes ‘Final Fantasy XII’ , a series of ‘Valkyria Chonicles’ ‘Dragons Crown’ and many others. Sakimoto is now activity involved in many different genres, not only in game music, but also anime and CM songs and collaboration albums with other artists. 0 Shares 0

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K-ble Jungle

The lead-singer of K- ble Jungle, an extremely kawaii Japanese girl named ERIKO, started her career as an opera singer, with a solid classical music background from music schools in Japan and Italy. Surprisingly, in 2015 she extended her style and embraced J-pop and electronic music, thanks to the ear-catching production of DJ Shiru. DJ Shiru is the other half of the project; the Italian DJ has specialized in Japanese music and composes some of the songs of K-ble Jungle and raps and MCs on stage while Eriko sings. A new Japanese member since 2018, Shiori.co is the second voice and illustrator for the videos you will see during the concert. Together, they have released two original CDs called “Oikakete Future” and “Erikottero”, with J-Pop and gothic songs, and two anisong cover CDs containing famous anime openings and endings, with their Japanese label. You can find their discography online on all digital stores, or at their concerts in physical release (there are different versions of the same songs online and on physical CDs, with some bonus tracks). K- ble Jungle are currently showcasing their live performance throughout the world embracing a myriad of styles of dancing, costumes and visual projections, but most of all great songs, ranging from the electronic sounds of Akai Uta , to the J-Pop tune Oikakete Summer, from the J-rock guitars of Future to opera songs such as Con Te Partirò, a customized cover of Bocelli. The playlist of their concerts varies depending on the audience , but they always include their original songs , to which they often add anime songs and even traditional Japanese pieces. You will hardly see a more eclectic show, where acting and costumes, videos and audience-artists interactivity are as important as the music. They regularly headline at major European festivals, appealing to mass audiences and conquering the media interest and feedback. The K-ble Jungle will start their “Space People Punch Tour” in 2018 from the USA, with the exclusive concert in Honolulu, in collaboration with HIS tour operator. After the USA they are performing in Europe appearing in some of the largest festivals in Italy, Switzerland, and clubs from France to Germany. The tour will end in Japan with a series of summer concerts. Pictures by Naoya Yamaguchi, Studio Diva, Tokyo.

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EMKE

EMKE was formed in 2004 in Honolulu, Hawaii by an unlikely group of friends. Bound together by their mutual love for rock music, EMKE started out as a classic rock cover band, but later morphed into a melodic alternative rock group. Kira Santos (singer/lead guitarist), Ezri Santos (singer/bassist), Mari Arakawa (singer/rhythm guitarist) and Payton Sekigawa (drummer) found themselves graduating from intimate local club gigs to playing before huge concert crowds. EMKE has earned opening slots for artist including Billy Ray Cyrus, Kansas, Switchfoot, One Republic, and Halestorm. The band also received invitations to appear at the music industries’ prestigious NAMM Show in Los Angeles, CA to perform with artists such as Andy Mckee and Journey’s Neal Schon. As a result of their LA concerts, the band was awarded a musical endorsement by Yamaha Music Corporation of America. As teenagers, there was a strong desire to express themselves through their own original compositions and musical style. Determined, they entered the studio. EMKE’s debut EP “Promises and Expectations” is a mixture of melodic “pop anthems” and “guitar driven” alternative rock. It’s a collection of tunes that echoes the band’s current influences such as, All Time Low and Paramore with musical undertones that pay homage to their roots in classic rock. The EP’s single, Open Eyes “hit the mark” with listeners on Tokyo’s number one FM station InterFM 76.1. As years passed, the need for further self expression lingered in minds of the band members. EMKE hoped to expose themselves in a different light, so they headed back into the studio. Thus began the creation of their first full length album, “Edit Undo.” “Rather than being wrapped up in conforming to what the general public wants, we’re more focused on making sure our first album is what we wanted and not caring about pleasing other people.” -Ezri “In this album we’re more in touch with our angsty side and being open with expressing ourselves in our truest form.” -Kira Opposed to their first EP “Promises and Expectations,” “Edit Undo” pulls from a darker perspective on life experiences. Orchestrated with heavier guitar tones and explosive break downs, EMKE faces their inner demons head on.

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Kaoru Kondo