Gontiti

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Gontiti (ゴンチチ Gon'chichi?, sometimes rendered gontiti or GONTITI) is a Japanese world music acoustic guitar duo formed in 1978 by Masahiko "Gonzalez" Mikami (ゴンザレス三上 Gonzaresu Mikami?, born 30 December 1953 in Osaka, Japan) and Masahide "Titi" Matsumura (チチ松村 Chichi Matsumura?, born 6 September 1954, also in Osaka).[1] Gontiti's music incorporates a number of styles, including bossa nova, flamenco, and classical music.[2]

Recordings[edit]

As of 2007 Gontiti have recorded more than thirty original albums and compilations.[3] Most of their recordings have been for Epic/Sony Records. The duo have also provided music for a number of Japanese films, most notably the 2004 Hirokazu Kore-eda film Dare mo shiranai, released in English-speaking countries as Nobody Knows.[4]

Discography[edit]

Album title
(Album title in Japanese)
Year Released Label Note
Another Mood
(Another Mood)
1983 Casablanca
  • Debut album
  • Released as "Gonzalez Mikami & Titi Matsumura"
Wakiyaku de arutomo shirazuni
(脇役であるとも知らずに)
1984 Epic/Sony Records
  • Second album
Physics
(PHYSICS)
1985 Epic/Sony Records
  • Third album
Sunday Market
(SUNDAY MARKET)
1986 Epic/Sony Records
JAPANESE IN WINTER
(冬の日本人)
1986 Epic/Sony Records
Legacy of Madam Q
(マダムQの遺産)
1987 Epic/Sony Records
Yellow Tornade 1988 Nektar
Twinkle Garden
(Twinkle Garden)
1988 Epic/Sony Records
In the Garden
(In the Garden)
1988 Epic/Sony Records
Spirit of Gontiti
(Spirit of Gontiti)
1989 Epic/Sony Records
Body of Gontiti
(Body of Gontiti)
1989 Epic/Sony Records
  • Best of album released with its counterpart Spirit of Gontiti
Devonian Boys
(Devonian Boys)
1990 Epic/Sony Records
Another Mood + Wakiyaku de arutomo shirazuni
(Another Mood + 脇役であるとも知らずに)
1990 Epic/Sony Records
  • Re-release of first & second album
Fingering Christmas
(Fingering Christmas)
1990 Epic/Sony Records
KIT
(KIT)
1991 Epic/Sony Records
Munou no hito
(無能の人)
1991 Epic/Sony Records
Gravity Loves Time
(Gravity Loves Times)
1992 Epic/Sony Records
Never on Sundays: Original Soundtrack
(「日曜はダメよ」オリジナル・サウンドトラック)
1993 Epic/Sony Records
Bonobono: Original Soundtrack
(ぼのぼの Original soundtrack)
1993 Epic/Sony Records
  • Soundtrack album of an animated film Bonobono
VACANCES
(VACANCES)
1994 Epic/Sony Records
  • Best of album
Black Ant's Life
(Black Ant's Life)
1995 Epic/Sony Records
LIVE
(LIVE)
1996 Epic/Sony Records
TELEVISION SOUND TRACK: SONGS OF RHEIN
(NHK「世界悠々父なる大河、ライン」オリジナル・サウンドトラック)
1997 Epic/Sony Records
EASY BUSY
(EASY BUSY)
1997 Epic/Sony Records
DUO
(DUO)
1997 Epic/Sony Records
  • First album made by only two guitars of Gontiti
Strings with Gontiti
(Strings with Gontiti)
1998 Epic/Sony Records
Red Box
(Red Box)
1999 Epic/Sony Records
Best of Gontiti Works
(Best of Gontiti Works)
2000 Epic/Sony Records
  • Best of album
GUITARS
(GUITARS)
2001 Pony Canyon
  • Second album made by only two guitars of Gontiti
  • SACD hybrid disc released in 2005
Nangoku-ongaku: Resort Music Series
(南国音楽 Resort Music Series)
2001 Epic Records Japan
  • Best of album
  • SACD disc
made in Ukulele
(made in Ukulele)
2002 Pony Canyon
gontiti best
(gontiti best)
2002 Epic Records Japan
  • Best of album
Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou: Best Soundtracks
(ヨコハマ買い出し紀行 ベスト・サウンドトラックス)
2002 Sony Music Entertainment Japan
A Magic Wand of "Standards"
(A Magic Wand of "Standards")
2002 Pony Canyon
  • SACD hybrid disc released in 2005
GONTITI RECOMMENDS GONTITI
(GONTITI RECOMMENDS GONTITI)
2003 Epic Records Japan
gontiti 25th Anniversary CD
(gontiti 25th Anniversary CD)
2003 Pony Canyon
  • Best of album by re-recording
  • SACD hybrid disc released in 2005
Nobody Knows: Original Soundtrack
(映画「誰も知らない」 サウンドトラック)
2004 Pony Canyon
XO
(XO)
2004 Pony Canyon
  • SACD hybrid disc released in 2005
Otona no natsu-yasumi: Original Soundtrack
(おとなの夏休み オリジナル・サウンドトラック)
2005 Pony Canyon
  • Soundtrack album of a television drama series
Garyū hitosuji
(我流一筋)
2006 Pony Canyon
Gontiti Super Best 2001-2006
(Gontiti スーパーベスト 2001-2006)
2007 Pony Canyon
  • Best of album
ONLINE LIMITED 1
(ONLINE LIMITED 1)
2007 In The Garden Records
Still Walking: Original Soundtrack
(映画「歩いても歩いても」サウンドトラック)
2008 In The Garden Records
VSOD -very special ordinary days-
(VSOD -very special ordinary days-)
2008 Epic Records Japan
LIVE At Shirakawa Hall '09 (Online Limited 2)
(LIVE At Shirakawa Hall '09 (Online Limited 2))
2009 In The Garden Records
  • Live album
  • Released only in online music store
MERRY CHRISTMAS with GONTITI -BEST SELECTION OF CHRISTMAS SONGS-
(MERRY CHRISTMAS with GONTITI -BEST SELECTION OF CHRISTMAS SONGS-)
2010 Epic Records Japan
humble music
(humble music)
2011 Epic Records Japan
  • Third album made by only two guitars of Gontiti
Going My Home: Original Soundtrack
(ドラマ「ゴーイング マイ ホーム」サウンドトラック)
2012 In The Garden Records
  • Soundtrack album of a Hirokazu Kore-eda television drama series
  • Released only in online music store
Ore wa mada honki dashitenaidake: Original Soundtrack
(映画「俺はまだ本気出してないだけ」本気音楽集)
2013 Epic Records Japan

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ GONTITI official website (English version). Accessed 6 March 2007.
  2. ^ Strauss, Neil. In Performance; POP: New Music Seminar. New York Times, July 23, 1994. Accessed via nytimes.com on 6 March 2007.
  3. ^ Gontiti discography at Allmusic.com. Accessed 6 March 2007.
  4. ^ Gontiti at AllMovie Guide. Accessed 6 March 2007.