Rie fu

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Rie Fu
Birth name Rie Funakoshi (舩越 里恵?)
Born (1985-01-11) January 11, 1985 (age 29)
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Pop, folk, rock
Years active 2004–present
Labels Sony Japan
* Palm Beach (2004-2008)
* Gr8! Records (2008-)
Website www.riefu.com

Rie fu (リエ フゥ Rie fū?), born Rie Funakoshi (舩越 里恵 Funakoshi Rie?)[1] on January 11, 1985,[2] in Tokyo, is a Japanese singer-songwriter.[3] She resides in Tokyo but frequently travels to the United Kingdom to record and promote her work.

Rie fu's songs are often bilingual, since she is fluent in both English and Japanese. Although most of her songs are primarily sung in Japanese, many feature entire verses written in English. Of her songs written entirely in Japanese, several have later been released as English-language versions.

Personal life[edit]

From 1992 to 1995,[2] Rie fu lived in Maryland with her family, including a younger brother who plays a woodwind instrument.[4] It was during this time that she started playing the piano and gained a lot of musical inspiration, from artists such as Sheryl Crow and 1970s pop musicians such as The Carpenters. She cites Carole King, Joni Mitchell, The Carpenters, and Yumi Matsutoya as influences.[5]

After returning to Japan, Rie finished her primary and secondary education in Tokyo at Aoyama Gakuin from 1995 to 2003.[citation needed] In 2007, she graduated from the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design of the University of the Arts London[6] in fine art (having shifted in interest from fashion design and graphic design).[5] Upon graduation, she returned to Tokyo, Japan, and has since resided there full-time. Rie often designs much of her own album and single booklets and features her own paintings in them as well.

She is active in both music and art. Her artwork is published under the Roman transliteration "Rie Funakoshi" and her music under "Rie fu," the abbreviation of her full name.[7]

On 29 November 2013, she announced on her Facebook page that she had married a 'funky British gentleman' (the identity of the man in question has not been revealed), presumably sometime recently during the month. [8]

Music career[edit]

In 2002, while in high school, Rie fu learned guitar, and almost immediately began coming up with songs and recording them with a small tape recorder. She sent the demo tape off to a record company (Sony) and they signed her to their Palm Beach label.[5]

Her first single, "Rie who!?", featuring the song "decay," was released in March 2004, while she was attending university in London. Later that year, her song "Life Is Like a Boat" was chosen as the first ending theme for the anime series Bleach, garnering her widespread recognition. In 2005 she released her first full-length album, self-titled, and her song "I Wanna Go To A Place..." was used as the Gundam Seed Destiny third ending theme and released as a single. She participated in a track on m-flo's Beat Space Nine album, and embarked on her first nationwide tour in September of that year.[citation needed]

In 2006 she released her second full-length album, Rose Album, and her song "Until I Say" was used as the theme song for the Japanese release of the 2005 British film Heidi. In 2007 her song "Tsukiakari" was featured as the ending theme to Darker than Black. In July upon graduation from university she returned to Japan to live full-time, and released her third full-length album Tobira Album.[citation needed]

In 2008, her song "Home," used as the theme to the Japanese film Koneko no Namida, was released as a single. In March, she released an album in the UK on a British label called Tired & Lonesome, titled "Who is Rie fu?", a compilation of earlier songs with a previously unreleased cover of Joni Mitchell's song "Both Sides, Now". A Japanese release with additional new tracks was planned, as was a continental European release.[9] Neither materialized and the original UK album went out of print, having failed to establish an overseas presence for Rie fu.[10][11] The following month she switched from Sony's Palm Beach label to its gr8! records label.[citation needed]

In 2009 she released her fourth full-length album, Urban Romantic. Having contributed vocals to all of the songs on Orange Range head Naoto's solo project delofamilia's second album, eddy, she went on tour with the band. She also joined Yōsui Inoue's commemorative 40th anniversary tour, contributing chorus vocals.[citation needed]

Her album, at Rie sessions, was released on 31 March 2010, and is her first self-produced album. Many of the tracks on the album feature duets with other notable singers, and were recorded at Rie fu's home. As of 2011 she is more heavily involved with delofamilia, with it being described as "A band based around Naoto Hiroyama and Rie fu" on the band's Facebook page.

Her song Anata ga Koko ni Iru Riyuu was in the anime D. Gray Man for their fifth closing song.

Her first compilation album, I Can Do Better, was released on November 23, 2011.[12]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Release date
Rie fu 19 January 2005
Rose Album 24 March 2006
Tobira Album 21 November 2007
Urban Romantic 8 April 2009
at Rie Sessions 31 March 2010
I Can Do Better 23 November 2011
Bigger Picture 21 November 2012
Fu Diary
(released in six monthly installments)
15 June 2012 (You Do)
15 July 2012 (Easy)
15 August 2012 (Fujirock)
15 September 2012 (Fun Play (たのしいあそび Tanoshi Asobi?))
15 October 2012 (Jet Lag)
15 November 2012 (Winter Love Song)
Rie fu Sings The Carpenters[13] 4 September 2013

Singles[edit]

Title Release date
Rie who!? 24 March 2004
Life Is Like a Boat 23 September 2004
I Wanna Go To A Place...[2] 27 April 2005
Negaigoto (ねがいごと) 31 August 2005
Tiny Tiny Melody 8 March 2006
Until I Say 19 July 2006
Tsukiakari (ツキアカリ)[3] 23 May 2007
5000 Miles 5 September 2007
Anata ga Koko ni Iru Riyuu (あなたがここにいる理由) 24 October 2007
Home 23 January 2008
Romantic 12 November 2008
Present 25 February 2009
For You 16 February 2011

European releases[edit]

Title Release date
Who Is Rie fu? 3 March 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ "(ふなこし・りえ)/Rie fu" (in Japanese). Tokyo Art Navigation. Retrieved April 22, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Kanoh, Arata et al. "Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny". (January 2007) Newtype USA pp. 26-35.
  3. ^ a b Kawasaki, Naoko; Yoshida, Moichi. "Tsukiakari". Newtype USA. 6 (8) p. 127. August 2007. ISSN 1541-4817.
  4. ^ "今日は弟fuとおともだちにレコーディングしてもらいました。吹奏楽部なり。". (Japanese) twitter. Retrieved 2010-02-14.
  5. ^ a b c "Rie fu Official Web Site". Retrieved 2010-02-14.
  6. ^ "エキサイトミュージック連載ブログ:Rie fuブログ「りえふぅきのこ」 : インジャパン". (Japanese) Retrieved 2010-02-14.
  7. ^ Rie fu updates her artwork website with new pictures
  8. ^ Rie fu's Facebook page - Timeline photo published 29 Nov 2013
  9. ^ "Who Is Rie Fu (CD)". Tower.com. Retrieved 2010-02-14.
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ [2]
  12. ^ Tracklist for "I Can Do Better"
  13. ^ http://www.jpopasia.com/news/rie-fu-sings-the-carpenters::14594.html

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