Gontiti

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Gontiti (ゴンチチ?, Gon'chichi, sometimes rendered gontiti or GONTITI) is a Japanese 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.