Kalafina with producer Yuki Kajiura.Musical Group
Kalafina is a songstress project that started from female vocalist auditions held by hit maker Yuki Kajiura.
Many times during the auditions, the singers with voices that met with Ms. Kajiura’s high expectations, performed each of the songs composed by Yuki Kajiura, and the best vocalists were selected forming the style of this group. Surely as each song differs, the charming music from these singers will begin to take shape.
Wakana, Keiko, and Hikaru, the three of them together, are Kalafina. The group put on a vivid debut on January 23, 2008 with their single “oblivious”. The debut single “oblivious” reached #8 on the Oricon weekly chart, Japan’s equivalent of the Billboard Music Chart, and following that, their second single “springer/ARIA” and third single “fairytale”, part of a 3 title/CD series release, got them into the Oricon Chart Top 10.
They recorded a big hit with being asked to do the theme song for the animated movie series “The Garden of Sinners” (Kara no Kyokai). With more than 500,000 copies of the DVD sold, “The Garden of Sinners” (Kara no Kyokai) is currently the most widely noticed anime series in Japan.
On March 4, 2009, Kalafina will simultaneously release their first album “Seventh Heaven” along with their fourth single “Lacrimosa”. “Lacrimosa” is the ending theme for the popular TV anime “Kuroshitsuji” (Black Butler).
Wakana was discovered by Ms. Kajiura and appeared as Fictionjunction WAKANA. She is the singer whose voice has quite a range and overflows with a refreshing feeling.
Keiko was discovered by Ms. Kajiura and appeared as Fictionjunction KEIKO. She is the singer who has a charming bass tone voice.
Hikaru was one of the people discovered by Ms. Kajiura from among 30,000 people who tried out for Sony Music’s audition. She is the singer who has a voice that is blessed with a feeling of transparency and tension.
Yuki Kajiura is a multi-music composer who handles lyric and music composition and music arrangement and has experience with extensive music production for movies, anime, video games, musicals, TV, etc.
As a member of her own unit called See-Saw, Yuki Kajiura created the song “An’na ni issho datta noni” (Although We Were Always Together) for the ending theme of the anime “Mobile Suit Gundam SEED” and the song debuted at #5 on the Oricon chart. Also, See-Saw’s album “Dream Field” reached #7 and as of last year, her CDs have surpassed 3,500,000 copies sold. In 2003, she released her solo album “FICTION” in America and Europe. From 2004 she began activities with her solo project called FictionJunction, and got the project going picking its first vocalist, YUUKA. They released 7 singles and 2 albums. Of special note, both albums made it into the best 10.
Since 2007, Yuki Kajiura has been in charge of the music for all 7 of “The Garden of Sinners” (Kara no Kyokai) film adaptations, and in addition to that started the music project she put together, Kalafina. In 2008, Yuki Kajiura held her first live. Also, she held a collaboration live with Revo of Sound Horizon in Kobe, Yokohama, and Tokyo which brought together around 10,000 people.
Other things Yuki Kajiura has done includes being in charge of the music for the movie “Akiresu to Kame” (Achilles and the Tortise) by internationally renowned movie director and lead actor, Takeshi “Beat” Kitano, and even now, she continues pursuing a Kajiura World.