All graduates of the Actors School in Hiroshima, they are widely known as the (little) sister group to popular 3 girl unit Perfume.
They appeared in the 12 hour tricycle challenge on the 2009 FNS26-Hour Fundraiser TV program and made a lasting impression among viewers at the emotional finale of the challenge.
The name of the group 'Manaminorisa' is a combination of the members' names, Manami, Minori and Risa.
Their (indie) debut came in August 2007 with the release of "IDOLDAMA☆C". They gained widespread exposure on the web and in magazines as the next generation of 'Locodol'(Local idol).
In November 2007 they were introduced as opening act at the Hiroshima show and immediately caught fans hearts outside of their hometown with their fanbase growing to Osaka, Fukuoka and other cities.
In January 2008, they appeared on local TV stations, cementing their local popularity.
In June 2008, they performed at their first event at Ishimaru Electronic Shop, Akihabara where they packed it to the maximum capacity of 250 people and sold every CD they brought.
In July 2008, they released their second single "Koi(Love) Of Music".
In March 2009, they released their 3rd single "Message of Love and Peace" as well as appearing in TV drama "Yorugata Ningen" on TSS as members of the sub regular cast. The episode that Manaminorisa appeared in clocked the highest viewer rate in the history of the station.
In July 2009, they appeared in the FNS 26 Hour TV fundraiser in the 12 hour Tricycle challenge and gained popularity among viewers nationwide as "Nakidol" (Crying Idols)
In September 2009, they released their new single "Possibility".
2003 Atsushi Kubo and Yoshitaka Fujimoto form ‘ar’
2008 After 2 years of supporting ‘ar’ Tsubasa Oota also joins as an official member
2010 After 1 year as support act, Fumita Murakami also joins as an official member
Combining elements of electro – minimal – ambient – alternative rock – folk, their air-filled spacey sound combined with Atsushi Kubota’s translucent voice, surpasses Japanese music and enters the realm of pure quality pop music.
Aside from releasing their own material, they also write music for TV commercials, films, stage and contemporary dance acts.
Birthplace : Nara Prefecture
Sizes : Height:155 Bust:82 Waist:60 Hip:86
Skills & Interests : Driving, forecasting Horse Racing, Cooking, Snowboarding, Hanshin Tigers, Mahjong
Career : Member of SDN48 until March 2012
Appeared in the following (as SDN48)
TV Asahi ‘Suppon No Onnatachi’
NTV ‘Shabekuri 007’
TBS ‘Sanma’s Karakuri TV’
NHK ‘Music Japan’ and more
‘Derby Week 2011’
‘Min Min Da Ha’(Joban Pharmaceuticals)
Tokyo Sports Newspaper – Local Horse Racing Column
from April – June 2012
appearance at JRA Open Racing Seminar Event
(Nakayama Race Course, Tokyo Race Course)
from June 2012 –
regularly writes for Hors Racing Column in Sankei Sports Newspaper
appearances at events for JRA and other local race courses
Spring of 2004, The group was formed by Junich Sato, who was active in the fie ld of design at the time, and Yuichi Ikeda, a widely known session guitarist w ho had supported artists spanning genres of Jazz to Soul to Rock.In 2005, Tomo ko Nakai, a songwriter that had been writing in the more academic circles of m odern and electronic music, joins the band. Before Myspace became popular,they released a track on their official website before they actually began performing, and this created a big buzz within the internet community. In 2006, their debut single "Brand new reason" was released. In 2007, their mini-album "pre view" and full length album "review" was releas ed.They received a reputation for their unique sense of melody and accurate co nstruction with the elements of post-rock,new-wave,electronica,alternative-roc k and guitar-pop, without belonging to a specific genre of music. Sato also directs the music for "NAKED WOLVES" the TV Animation program on FU JI TV ONE TWO NEXT. "We want to be particular on the "section of sound", but basically we just wan t to keep making music with heart and soul"(Sato).
Members: Misako Ito,Hanae Tomaru,Akiko Tano,Kazuyo Kitadume
Bach, Schubert, Chopin - all classical composers with pieces most know the melody to…’Greensleeves’, ‘Amazing Grace’ - traditionally popular European folk songs that most people are familiar with…it is this ‘a cappela’ group ‘Ensemble Planeta’ that breathe new life into these songs thorugh a truly contemporary stylish approach, creating a distinctive world that surpasses time or age.
There is one another person apart from the members of the ensemble that plays a key role in the creation of their sound - that is producer Nahoko Kakiage. In Japan, of recent years, the term/genre ‘classical crossover’ or ‘crossover classical’ has become a household name for that particular style of music and it would not be an overstatement to say that Nahoko Kakiage is the first recognized creator of this style of music. Her work has received critical appraisal not only in Japan but across the world and it is the immaculate combination of her talents and the angelic voices of the members of the group that creates the magic you hear in Ensemble Planeta’s music.
Born on 29th Jan 1944 in Newport News, Virginia.
Raised in a musical family where her father played guitar and banjo and her mother was a singer and dancer, she used to sing at home and in her local church, even winning a local amateur singing contest at 13.
She entered the amateur night at the legendary Apollo Theater when she was 14 and won. Now based in New York she started her career singing at some of the top Manhattan night spots including Village Vanguard and Minton’s Playhouse.
She had many close relationships with the musicians of the time including Sarah Vaughn, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, but due to the unstable and racist times of the 1960s, decided to move to Spain in 1964.
While pursuing her career in Spain, she also got booked in England and for a while, moved her base to the UK. Her first trip to Japan was in 1978.
After the passing of artists such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Lena Horne, if anyone can be called their successor, it would be Salena Jones. Salena herself states that she absorbed the music of Billie, Ella and Sarah. And that they now live within her.
This legendary singer released an album ‘SALENA sings J-BALLAD’ in December 2010. This album relives J-Pop hits in a brand new voice, bringing happiness to all of its listeners. There is no doubt you can feel the nostalgia as well as the fresh new appeal of the music contained on this record.
In the summer of 2011, she formed a regular group in Japan called ‘SALENA JONES with FRIENDS 2011’. The members consist of Koichi Osamu (B), Shigeru Morishita (PF), Manabu Fujii (DS), Kazuhiko Michishita (G) all top players of the Japanese music scene. As jazz players they are some of the finest, but they are all seasoned in pop music and R&B, making this an ideal band for Salena. On the 20th December 2011 they recorded a session live at ‘STB139’ in Roppongi, Tokyo, with world class horn players Osamu Koike (Sax) and Yoichi Murata (TB) as guests. After a long illustrious career in music, surprisingly this was her first live recorded session. In the show, they played standards to bossa nova, pop to J-Pop covers and brought together the wide variety of work she had released in one show. This live session will be released as a 2CD set called ‘SALENA The First Live’ in May 2012.