Kaoru Wada

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Kaoru Wada (和田 薫 Wada Kaoru?, born May 5, 1962) is a Japanese music composer, music arranger, conductor, music orchestrator and pianist from Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture[1]. He studied at the Tokyo College of Music. He is popularly known for his work on anime soundtracks. He became known to the West through his work on 3x3 Eyes and Battle Angel, and more recently Samurai 7 and the worldwide hit InuYasha. He also arranged works for orchestra and piano on original soundtracks like Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II.

His powerful and sweeping melodies are given counterpoint by his sometime harsh, creepy lilting themes of suspense. His most popular works usually are found on the soundtracks of series with heavy emotional and supernatural themes being juxtaposed.

Wada is also an apprentice of the famed Godzilla composer, Akira Ifukube. Wada is married to InuYasha voice actress Akiko Nakagawa, who also voices Sota Higurashi in that anime.

Work[edit]

Orchestra[edit]

  • Folkloric Dance Suite
  • TEN-CHI-JIN symphonic poem
  • KAIKYOU symphonic impression
  • ITO-DAMA for Tsugaru-shamisen and orchestra
  • TOH-KA'' for cello and oechestra
  • KI-SHIN fragment concertante for Japanese taiko drums and orchestra

Soundtracks[edit]

Kaoru Wada has worked on the following tokusatsu series, anime series and video game series:

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