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May 11

[press release] Cellist/Vocalist Kanon Wakeshima to Make US Debut at Otakon

kanon_wakeshimaBaltimore, MD (May 11, 2009) – Rising star Kanon Wakeshima will make her US debut at Otakon 2009. Wakeshima brings a unique and haunting sound composed of baroque cello, strong vocals, and electronic arrangements.

A promising newcomer who took up the cello at age 3, Wakeshima began performing at age 15, splitting her time between performing in classical ensembles and providing vocals to a pop/rock group. A few years later, she entered an audition held by Sony Music Japan, in which she was a finalist — and won an artist deal with Sony label DefSTAR Records Inc.

Her incredible talent attracted the attention of Visual-Kei star Mana (Moi dix Mois, Malice Mizer), who became the sound & visual image producer for Kanon for her debut single “still doll” (released in May 2008) from her first album. Wakeshima’s rich, haunting sound fits well with the Gothic & Lolita street fashion culture — for which Mana (who is also the designer of his own Moi-meme-moitie apparel brand) is very well known.

Her highly anticipated first album, Shinshoku Dolce, was released in February 2009. A record-breaking in-store performance at France’s biggest CD retailer, FNAC, paired with a sensational concert in Paris, put her on the road to international stardom. Wakeshima has also become the 2009 “Best Newcomer” Shojo Beat Music Award winner.

Wakeshima is also a talented illustrator. Fans flocked to her November 2008 exhibition along with the mini-concert in Tokyo’s fashion-conscious Harajuku, and she regularly posts her artwork on her Web site (http://www.kanonweb.jp).

Samples of her music can be found on her MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/kanonwakeshima.

1 comment

  1. Victoria Goldenberg

    Is it just my imagination, or are cons reluctant to book female performers who aren’t just no-name Gothlic Lolita idols these days?

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