Kiyoharu

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Kiyoharu
Birth name Kiyoharu Mori
Also known as Kiyoharu, Kiyo
Born (1968-10-30) October 30, 1968 (age 45)
Origin Gifu, Japan
Genres Alternative rock, hard rock, punk rock, post-punk, glam rock, surf rock
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1989-present
Labels Universal Japan (2003-2004)
Tokyo Lips Pro (2005)
Bouncy Records/Pony Canyon (2005)
Mid Field (2005-2009)
Avex Trax(2009-present)
Associated acts Kuroyume, Sads
Website Official site

Kiyoharu Mori (森 清治 Mori Kiyoharu?, born 30 October 1968), better known by his given and stage name, Kiyoharu (清春?) is a Japanese musician and singer-songwriter, known for his work with Kuroyume and Sads. In 2003, he began his solo career, performing as both a singer and guitarist.[1]

Music career[edit]

Independent career and Kuroyume (1980s-1999)[edit]

Kiyoharu's musical career began in the 1980s as a member of independent bands, Sus4 and later Garnet. After the disbandment of Garnet in 1990, Kiyoharu, as well as former Garnet bassist, Hitoki, formed Kuroyume. Kuroyume began in the beginning days of the visual kei movement. They progressed from a typical dark image and sound, to a heavy sound influenced by punk rock. The band ended as only a duo with Kiyoharu and Hitoki remaining. After tension on how the band should be managed and health problems for Hitoki, the duo ended the band in 1999.

Sads and Fullface establishment (1999-2003)[edit]

Kiyoharu picked up again with his musical career, forming Sads in 1999. Sads produced a post-punk sound with a heavy surf rock influence. The band eventually formed their own record label, Fullface Records, in 2001, releasing their own material on the label. The label would sign its first act outside Sads, Merry, for their first album Gendai Stoic.

Sads' drummer, Eiji Mitsuzono announced his departure from the band in 2003, leaving the band on an indefinite hiatus.

Solo career (2004-present)[edit]

After the pause in Sads' activities in 2003, Kiyoharu began releasing solo work. His debut album, Poetry, was released in 2004, showcasing not only his vocal skills, but his talent as a guitarist as well. He has collaborated with many artists, including Pierrot frontman, Kirito.

In 2006, Kiyoharu released two singles, as well as a new album, Vinnybeach -Kakuu no Kaigan-, followed by two long, promotional tours. The following single, "Slow", was featured as the opening song for the anime series The Wallflower.

He released another studio album, Forever Love, in 2007. It is dedicated to his father, who died. Kiyoharu released "Aibu" in early 2008, and in May the next single, Samidare, was released.

He subsequently released a set of twin albums entitled Rhythmless & Perspective light~saw the light & shade and Rhythmless & Perspective shade~saw the light & shade each 7 tracks long containing self covers of both his solo work and his work with Sads. Followed by an album called Medley that was a collection of Kuroyume covers. He has just released a new album called Under the Sun.

Other careers[edit]

Aside from his work at Fullface Records, Kiyoharu is also a fashion designer, designing his own clothing, accessories, and jewelry.

Discography[edit]

Albums
  • Poetry (7 April 2004), Universal Japan
  • Mellow (30 March 2005), Tokyo Rips Pro
  • Kannou Boogie (7 December 2005), Bouncy
  • Vinnybeach (12 July 2006), Bouncy
  • Forever Love (14 November 2007), Mid Field
  • Rhythmless & Perspective Light: Saw the Light & Shade (10 September 2008)
  • Rhythmless & Perspective Shade: Saw the Light & Shade (10 September 2008)
  • Medley (28 January 2009), Avex
  • Madrigal Of Decadence (29 July 2009), Avex
  • Under the Sun (7 November 2012), Avex
Singles
  • "Emily" (9 February 2004), Universal Japan
  • "Last Song" (16 February 2005), Fullface
  • "Horizon" (16 March 2005), Tokyo Rips Pro
  • "Layra" (20 July 2005), Bouncy
  • "Bask in Art" (9 November 2005), Bouncy
  • "Wednesday" (30 November 2005), Bouncy
  • "Seiza no Yoru/Cyclamen no Kahori" (8 March 2006), Bouncy
  • "Kimi no Koto ga" (17 May 2006), Bouncy
  • "Slow" (22 November 2006), Bouncy
  • "Carnation" (13 December 2006), Bouncy
  • "Tattoo" (22 August 2007), Mid Field
  • "Rinne" (19 September 2007), Mid Field
  • "Melodies" (31 October 2007), Mid Field
  • "Aibu" (23 January 2008), Mid Field
  • "Samidare" (14 May 2008), Mid Field
  • "loved" (29 October 2008), Mid Field
  • "Kurutta Kajitsu" (13 May 2009), Avex
  • "Darlene" (25 June 2009), Avex
  • "You" (4 August 2009), Live distribution
  • "Law's" (13 January 2010), Avex
  • "Ryusei/The Sun" (23 May 2012), Avex
  • "Namida ga Afureru)/sari" (22 August 2012), Avex
Best of albums
  • Singles (24 December 2008), Mid Field
  • Kuroyume Cover Album "Medley" (28 January 2009), Mid Field/Avex
Compilations
DVDs
  • Aurora (30 October 2003),Universal Japan
  • Daisan no Tobira (7 April 2004)
  • Kagefumi (15 September 2004)
  • Tenshi no Uta (20 July 2005),Bouncy
  • Mellow (31 August 2005),Bouncy
  • Groover (February 2006)
  • Tenshi no Uta '06 'Travel'" (24 January 2007),Toshiba EMI
  • Clips (27 August 2008),Universal Japan
  • Kiyoharu 5.21 Performance at Kudan Kaikan Rhythmless & Perspective Live "Light and Shade" (10 September 2008), Mid Field
  • Forever Love (2009)
  • The 40th Birthday (24 December 2008), Mid Field
  • Kuroyume The End: Corkscrew A Go Go(2009), Avex
  • 15 (Documentary of his 15 Anniversary Concerts) (2009), Avex
  • Play of Medley (2009), Avex
  • The 41st Birthday (December 30, 2009), Avex
Books
  • Kiyoharu Four My Life (May 28, 2011)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eremenko, Alexey. "Biography: Kiyoharu". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 

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