Keiichi Oku

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Keiichi Oku
Sepia-toned square side profile image of Keiichi Oku. He has a light moustache and a thin beard along his jawline. He is looking toward the upper right corner of the image.
Background information
Native name 奥慶一
Birth name 奥慶一
Born (1955-10-14) October 14, 1955 (age 62)
Shiga Prefecture, Japan
Genres
Occupation(s)
Instruments Keyboard
Years active 1979–present
Labels
Associated acts Spectrum
Website www.or-lab.com

Keiichi Oku (奥 慶一, Oku Keiichi, born October 14, 1955 in Shiga Prefecture, Japan) is a Japanese keyboardist, composer, and arranger. He was the keyboardist in the Japanese band Spectrum from 1979-1981. In 2009, he won the JASRAC International Award for the background music used in the Ashita no Nadja anime television series from Toei Animation.[1]

Biography[edit]

Oku was born in Shiga, Japan. He graduated from the music composition program at the Tokyo University of the Arts. He was enrolled in the university's master's program but dropped out. As a grad student he performed in a backup band for Hiromi Go. On August 25, 1979 he debuted as a member of the rock band Spectrum. After Spectrum broke up in 1981, he participated in a number of recording sessions as a studio musician. Soon after, he began working as a composer and arranger for numerous artists and on March 21, 1981 he released his solo debut album Misty Morning.

As of April 2005, he serves as a guest professor at the Senzoku Gakuen College of Music for the music and sound design course.

In May 2009, he was awarded the 2008 JASRAC International Award for his music for Ashita no Nadja.

Composer[edit]

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

Video[edit]

Video games[edit]

Discography[edit]

The albums for all the works above are not currently listed here.

Contemporary works[edit]

  • Illumination pour orchestre (1978, created as part of his graduation from Tokyo Geidai, only available at the university)
  • Sileno - Sonata per violino e pianoforte (2011, premiered on March 8, 2012 at the 8th JFC Independent)
  • Sette canzoni per bambini (2012, premiered on March 28, 2012 at the JFC solo piano concert "To the Children")
  • Bridge Across Two Heavens (2015, original opera that premiered on October 11, 2015 to commemorate the opening of the Narita Cultural Art Center)

Original albums[edit]

  • Misty Morning (1981, Victor)
  • The Good Bad Girl (1981, Victor)
  • The Good Bad Girl Again (1983, Victor)
  • Ginshō: Sunset Tint (残照 Sunset Tint) (1986, Pony Canyon, Sound Museum Series 1)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2009年JASRAC賞 「そばにいるね」が金賞を受賞" [2009 JASRAC Awards "I'm Right Here With You" wins the Gold Award] (in Japanese). JASRAC. Archived from the original on November 28, 2016. Retrieved November 28, 2016.