Kalafina

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Kalafina
Kalafina Japan Expo.JPG
The three vocalists of Kalafina at Japan Expo 2014. From Left: Hikaru, Keiko, Wakana.
Background information
Years active2007–2019
LabelsSony Music Japan (2007–2017)
Space Craft Produce (2007-2019)
Sacra Music (2017–2019)
Associated actsFictionJunction
Websitehttp://www.kalafina.jp
Past members
  • Maya Toyoshima
  • Keiko Kubota
  • Hikaru Masai
  • Wakana Ōtaki

Kalafina (カラフィナ) was a Japanese vocal group formed by the composer Yuki Kajiura in 2007, mainly to perform theme songs for the anime Kara no Kyōkai.

History[edit]

The group first appeared in January 2008 with two original members from Yuki Kajiura's FictionJunction project, Wakana Ōtaki and Keiko Kubota, whose membership was not confirmed until the first Dream Port 2008 concert held on April 29, 2008. In May 2008, it was announced that two more vocalists, Maya and Hikaru, would be added to the project. Kalafina moved to the Sacra Music record label under Sony Music Entertainment Japan in April 2017.[1]

With Yuki Kajiura leaving her agency Space Craft Produce in 2018, news agency Oricon reported that the group was expected to continue even with Kajiura leaving.[2][3][4] Space Craft has further announced that concerts, 10th anniversary film's plans are still moving forward.[5][6] However, they are expected to disband in Spring,[7] although Space Craft reported to the official fan club that only one member will leave Kalafina.[8][9][10] Although rumors said that Hikaru would leave the group, Sports Hochi reported that the member that will leave the group is Keiko, and that official news about who is leaving the group would be announced at the end of March 2018.[11] It was confirmed on April 13, 2018 on Kalafina Lineblog that Keiko had officially left the group as of April 1, 2018.[12] Following this, Hikaru left the agency as of October 20, 2018, although she not stated that she left the group. Finally, on March 13, 2019, Space Craft announced Kalafina's disbandment.[13][14]

Members[edit]

Kalafina performing in Mexico

Main vocalists[edit]

  • Keiko Kubota (窪田啓子, Kubota Keiko, born December 5, 1985) (2007–2018) Like Wakana, she is also a member of Kajiura's FictionJunction project and worked alongside her under the name FictionJunction KEIKO. She officially left the group on April 1, 2018.
  • Wakana Ōtaki (大滝若菜, Ōtaki Wakana, born December 10, 1984) (2007–2019) She is also a member of FictionJunction and previously collaborated with Yuki Kajiura as FictionJunction WAKANA.
  • Maya Toyoshima (豊島摩耶 Toyoshima Maya) (2008–2009) Was selected in an audition held by Sony Music Japan. She left the group in 2009.
  • Hikaru Masai (政井光, Masai Hikaru, born July 2, 1987) (2008–2018) Was picked from 30,000 applicants in an audition held by Sony Music Japan. She officially left Space Craft on October 20, 2018.

Supporting[edit]

  • Yuki Kajiura (2007–2018) Formerly the primary composer and arranger of Kalafina's songs. Kajiura left the group upon her departure from Space Craft Produce.[5]
  • REMI - (田中玲美 Tanaka Remi, born January 6, 1977) - Background vocalist.
  • Yuriko Kaida (貝田由里子 Kaida Yuriko, born November 1) - Background vocalist.
  • Hanae Tomaru (戸丸華江, Tomaru Hanae) - Background vocalist.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Other albums[edit]

  • 2008: Re/oblivious (EP)
  • 2013: Kalafina 5th Anniversary LIVE SELECTION 2009-2012 (live)
  • 2014: The Best "Red" (compilation)
  • 2014: The Best "Blue" (compilation)
  • 2016: Kalafina 8th Anniversary Special products The Live Album「Kalafina LIVE TOUR 2014」at TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FORUM HALL A (live)
  • 2016: Winter Acoustic "Kalafina with Strings" (acoustic)
  • 2018: Kalafina All Time Best 2008-2018

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ソニー、新レーベル『SACRA MUSIC』4月発足 Kalafina、ClariSら擁し海外展開". Oricon. January 6, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  2. ^ "Anime Music Composer Yuki Kajiura Leaves Agency After 25 Years". Anime News Network. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  3. ^ "アニメ業界で事務所トラブル 梶浦由記氏退社、カラフィナも活動休止へ 20億円超の打撃". sponichi.co.jp. 23 December 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  4. ^ "アニメ音楽界のカリスマ・梶浦由記氏事務所退社、「カラフィナ」活動は白紙". sponichi.co.jp. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Singing Unit Kalafina to Continue After Producer Yuki Kajiura's Departure". Anime News Network. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  6. ^ "Kalafina、プロデューサー梶浦氏退社後も活動継続". oricon.co.jp. 21 February 2018. Retrieved 21 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Kalafina disbanding at the end of Spring | ARAMA! JAPAN". ARAMA! JAPAN. 13 March 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Singing Unit Kalafina's Agency Confirms 1 Member Will Leave". Anime News Network. March 13, 2018. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  9. ^ "システムメンテナンスのお知らせ". kalafina-fc-harmony.jp. March 13, 2018. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  10. ^ "Kalafina Harmony Fanclub Message(Translate from the official site of Kalafina Harmony Fanclub)". Facebook. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  11. ^ "「Kalafina」脱退メンバーはKeiko 今秋予定のCD&ツアーは白紙に". Sports Hochi. March 14, 2018. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  12. ^ "『Staffからのお知らせ』". Kalafina Official Lineblog. April 13, 2018. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  13. ^ "Harmony会員の皆様へお知らせ". Kalafina Harmony Official Fans Club. March 13, 2019. Archived from the original on March 30, 2019. Retrieved March 15, 2019.
  14. ^ "Kalafinaの解散について". Space Craft Entertaiment. March 13, 2019. Archived from the original on March 18, 2019. Retrieved March 15, 2019.

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