yanokami is Akiko Yano and rei harakami.
In 2003, Akiko found Rei via Quruli’s song “Bara no Hana (remixed by REI HARAKAMI ” on the
album “WORLD’S END SUPERNOVA”). She fell in love with his style from the very first musical
note. As it turns out, Rei had always been a huge fan of her music.
Early in the winter of 2003, their first collaboration started with Rei working on some of the songs
for Akiko and Akiko performing with Rei’s compilation at her annual Winter concert titled
Rei’s magical touch to Akiko’s music proved so successful that it led to their first ever performance
on stage together in the Summer of 2004. To further show their appreciation for each other’s
musical talents, they both appeared as guest performers at each their respective concerts held at
Japan’s Summer Festival in 2006. Needless to say, they were a hit together.
Since then, Akiko and Rei have worked quietly in the background together on their “yanokami” 」
project by exchanging emails back and forth from NYC to Kyoto. Like a seed growing into a
beautiful flower, Akiko and Rei’s union of two unique musical styles since they first worked
together has flourished into a remarkable musical marvel.
In 2007, yanokami’s cover song “Love is Peach Color” was included on the album “Tribute to
Haruomi Hosono”. This was yanokami’s long awaited debut.
yanokami’s debut album “yanokami” (produced by Rei Harakami) was released by YAMAHA
MUSIC COMMUNICATIONS / avex on August 8th 2007.
An English-language version of the album “Yanokamick” was released by YAMAHA MUSIC on
March 12, 2008.
Official Website: http://www.yanokami.com/