Yuki’s Vocalists » Kalafina

Vocalists: Wakana Ootaki, Keiko Kubota, Maya Toyoshima (former), Hikaru Masai
Composer/Arranger: Yuki Kajiura
Lyrics: Yuki Kajiura
Producer: Yuki Kajiura
Publisher: Sony Music Entertainment Japan


Basics

  • Formation & Releases

A new project created and produced by Yuki Kajiura in 2007, to perform the theme songs for Kinoko Nasus film series: Kara no Kyoukai. Only two vocalists appear to have been involved in the first single: Wakana and Keiko, though they were not identified by name. It had been suspected that those two were the vocalists of Kalafina, but it was not confirmed until the first Dream Port 2008 (former site) concert held on April 29, 2008.

Two more vocalists were introduced after the release of oblivious, in the photo shown above. The third and fourth members were revealed to be Maya and Hikaru, on May 23, 2008. All four members participated in sprinter/ARIA, and Maya was absent from the two subsequent singles: fairytale and lacrimosa. Their first album, Seventh Heaven was released in March 2009. In May 2009, Sony officially announced that Maya will no longer be participating in Kalafina, which will continue as a group of three vocalists: Keiko, Wakana, and Hikaru.

In May 7, 2009 a new Kalafina single titled storia was announced for release in July 1, 2009. The song was used as ending theme in episode 9 of NHK’s live action documentary series Rekishi Hiwa Historia for which Yuki Kajiura scored the music, instead of the ending background music that was used in the rest of the episodes. As Yuki Kajiura had methion, storia, is the “japanese language version” of the Rekishi Hiwa Historia theme of which lyrics are in Yuki’s made up language.

In August 26, 2009, at the live event Kalafina LIVE 2009 “storia” , a brand new song named Progressive was performed. A single for this song was released in October 28, 2009. The Limited edition of the single was also containing a DVD with Progressive PV, live performance of love come down, Ongaku and Mata Kaze ga Tsuyoku natta from Kalafina Closed Premium Live on May 19, 2009 and video of the TV programme”utatane” broadcasted on July 18, 2009.

In November 9, 2009 there was announced by the Kalafina site that they will perform the Opening Theme song for the anime Sora no Woto , titled Hikari no Senritsu with single release on January 20, 2010. In the live event Kalafina LIVE 2009 “progressive” there was announced that they will be singing the theme song of the animated movie Eve no Jikan, titled I have a dream. In the same event was also announced that Kalafina’s 2nd album is in production and will be released in spring 2010 (later was confirmed as March 17, 2010). Later was announced that I have a dream will be included in the album, titled Red Moon, which will also include the main theme song of the online game 信長の野望 (Nobunaga no Yabou), titled Hoshi no Utai.

On May 13, 2010 they released their first sheet music book titled “Easy Piano Solo /Kalafina” which was containing sheet music of songs from their Seventh Heaven and Red Moon albums.

On June 9th, 2010 there was announced by Sony and the Kuroshitsuji II website, that Kalafina will sing an insert theme song for the anime Kuroshitsuji II, titled 輝く空の静寂には (Kagayaku sora no Shijima ni wa). On July 13, 2010, the Kalafina official site announced that the song will be released as single, on September 15, 2010.

On October 4, 2010 they released their second sheet music book titled “Intermediate/Hard Piano Solo /Kalafina” which was containing sheet music of songs from their Seventh Heaven and Red Moon albums plus the new song Kagayaku sora no Shijima ni wa .

On December 1, 2010 they released their first DVD and Blu-ray contaning the live performance of their Kajiura Produce 3rd Anniversary LIVE TOUR Kalafina LIVE 2010 “Red Moon” concert at JCB Hall Tokyo, as well as a documentary about their Asia Tour 2010.

On December 9, 2010, was announced the release of the 9th single of the group titled Magia, with the title song being the Ending Theme of the animation Puella Magi Madoka Magica, with single release on February 16, 2011. The next day (December 10) was announced by Yuki Kajiura in her twitter, that a second song performed by Kalafina, titled symphonia will be used as Ending Theme in Rekishi Hiwa Historia‘s 3rd season airing in January 2011. Later was announced that the c/w song of the Magia single, snow falling would be used as Ending Theme song of Kara no Kyoukai’s epilogue movie Kara no Kyoukai : Shousho

On July 13, 2011, was announced, that on September 21, 2011, Kalafina would release their 3rd album titled After Eden.The Limited Edition came with a 40-page deluxe pamphlet and a DVD containing a PV of the Kalafina song symphonia, as well as a documentary for the Kalafina visit to Anime Expo in Los Angeles in 2011. The album contained 13 songs, from which 9 songs were new. For the promotion of the album were also given to fan that bought them from certain chain store and websites a Puella Magi Madoka Magica postcard as well as a mouse-pad in 4 possible designs, given along with both RE and LE. A Korean version of the album will be released in Korea on October 11, 2011. On

On January 7, 2012, was announced that Kalafina would release on March 21, 2012 their second LIVE DVD, this time coming out in Blu-ray as well, titled 「“After Eden” Special LIVE 2011 at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL」 containing footage from their “After Eden” Special LIVE 2011 held on November 25, 2011 at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL (old JCB Hall).

On February 5, 2012 was announced the release of their 10th single on April 18, 2012, titled 『to the beginning』. The title song was used as Opening Theme 2 for the anime Fate/Zero. This time the single came out in 4 versions: 1. CD + DVD, 2. CD + BD (both Limited with PV in), 3. CD (Regular), 4. CD + DVD with anime content. The c/w song titled manten, was melodically based on Fate/Zero OST I’s music track “let the stars fall down”, and was after the single’s release used as 3rd Ending Theme of the anime, at the end of episodes 18 and 19.

On March 30th, 2012, was announced that Kalafina would be singing a new song moonfesta for a NHK’s children music program Minna No Uta. Later, on May 18, was announced a single release for this song, c/w Yane no mukou ni, on July 18, 2012. The single will come out in Regular, Limited with DVD and Limited with BD versions, with the BD containing apart from the moonfesta PV, a Minna no Uta version of it.

On August 30, 2012, was announced the release of the 12th Kalafina single titled ひかりふる (Hikari Furu) on October 24, 2012 and that the title song would be used as Ending Theme of the P.M.Madoka Magica ~ Eien no Monogatari movie. The single would be also containing a remix of “Magia” titled Magia [quattro]. Later was made known that the b-side song title Mirai would be a Kalafina version of the Madoka OST I song “Credens Justitiam” and would be also used in the first movie P.M.Madoka Magica ~ Hajimari no Monogatari along with Magia [quattro]. For the first time in Kalafina’s history the Anime Edition of the single included instrumentals of all 3 songs making the total number of tracks 6!

On March 20, 2013 Kalafina released their 4th album titled Consolation! The album came out in 3 editions, Regular, Limited with DVD and Limited with Blu-ray Disc, with the BD containing, apart from the Yume no Daichi PV, also a Documentary about Kalafina’s visit at Bonn, Germany. The album contained 13 tracks, 8 of which were new. The album has been reportedly released also in US, Canada (iTunes), Korea, Indonesia (physically).

On October 2 and November 6, 2013 were respectively released a single for the Theme song (titled Alleluia) of the 9th (and last) Kara no Kyoukai movie “Mirai Fukuin“, as well as a single for the Ending Theme [titled 「君の銀の庭」
Kimi no Gin no Niwa – (Your silver Garden)] for the 3rd Puella Magi Madoka Magica movie “Hangyaku no Monogatari (Rebellion).

The first single instead of instrumentals for the title and c/w song (dolce), contained the audio of 4 Live performances (seventh heaven, snow falling, fairytail, Kimi wa Hikari ni Kaete Iku) from the 「X’mas Premium LIVE 2012 “Kalafina with Strings”」 concert, 2 in each edition (RE/LE). DVD or BD with PV were not included,  but the single came with Kara no Kyoukai themed booklet. Meanwhile the “Kimi no Gin no Niwa” single came with 4 editions (RE/AE/LE A/ LE B) and a PV. Its worth noting that song “dolce” was used as Ending Theme of the side-story movie Kara no Kyoukai: extra chorus, which was screened on theaters and sold on Blu-ray along with Mirai Fukuin.

On December 11, 2013, they released their 「Kalafina LIVE TOUR 2013 “Consolation”」Special Final concert, held at Tokyo International Forum Hall A, on Blu-ray and DVD, titled「Live Tour 2013 “Consolation” Special Final」 containing performances of 28 songs as well as a Documentary of Anime Central in Chicago.

On May 12th, 2014 was announced that Kalafina would release a Best of album, named “The Best”, split in “Red” and “Blue” versions, each of them having Limited and Regular Edition. The Red Edition contained a new song titled Prelude as the first song, and the BD contained live footage from the “Kalafina 5th Anniversary LIVE” oblivious” on January 23, 2013, while the Blue Edition, had as its last track the newly announced Kalafina song 「heavenly blue」 for Aldnoah Zero anime, and its BD contained live footage from the Kalafina “Lisani LIVE-4!” performance of January 26, 2014. A few weeks ago was announced that 「heavenly blue」 would get an anime edition single with anime-inspired coverart, released on August 6, 2014, containing the song, and its Tv-size, as well as its instrumental.

On July 27th, 2014 was announced that Kalafina is responsible for the Ending Theme song for TV anime Fate/Stay Night [Unlimited Blade Works], animated by studio Ufotable. The anime is set to start airing on October 4. Kalafina’s 16th single will be titled Believe and will release on November 19, 2014. It will come out in 4 editions (LE A + DVD, LE B + BD, Anime + DVD, Regular) with the LE’s containing PV of the title song, and the Anime DVD containing Fate/Stay Night themed PV.

 

  • Notable Lives

Kalafina began their live performances by opening for Yuki Kajiura LIVE concerts in 2008. On April 5, July 31, and December 27 they were the opening act for Yuki Kajiura LIVE Volumes #1, #2 and #3 respectively. In 2009, they performed at several collaboration concerts with other artists, a fanclub event, and a closed live event for raffle winners who had purchased their Seventh Heaven album or Lacrimosa single. They made their first international appearance at Anime Boston 2009 on May 22–24, and held their first open one-man live, Kalafina LIVE 2009: storia on August 26. On December 27, they held another one-man live, Kalafina LIVE 2009 “progressive”.

In 2010 Kalafina embarked on their first Live Tour, Kalafina LIVE TOUR 2010 ~progressive +~, from February 2–9, with concerts in the Japanese cities of Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo. They also set off on their Asia Tour from February 26 to March 7, performing in Taiwan, Shanghai and Hong Kong . From May 15 and June 12 they did a tour of 4 Japanese cities titled 「Kajiura Produce 3rd Anniversary LIVE TOUR – Kalafina LIVE 2010 “Red Moon”」, while on May 23 they performed as Front Act for 「Kajiura Produce 3rd Anniversary LIVE TOUR FictionJunction/Yuki Kajiura LIVE vol.#6」 concert in Sendai. On August 6 they held another live concert in Hong Kong with the title Kalafina LIVE 2010 “Red Moon” in Hong Kong. From December 10–11, they held a one-man live at Shibuya Hall CCLemon, Kalafina LIVE 2010 “Kagayaku Sora no Shijima ni wa”. Kalafina kicked off 2011 by holding a Live Tour, Kalafina Spring Tour 2011 “Magia”, from March 27 to April 15, covering 4 Japanese cities: Osaka, Toyama, Nagoya and Tokyo. From July 1–4 Kalafina were guests of honor at Anime Expo 2011 in Los Angeles and held a concert at LA’s Club Nokia on July 2. On October 29, Kalafina contributed to a charity event called “Festival of East Earthquake Reconstruction 2011 – For the Future of Children -”. The two-day festival, which featured stage performances and concerts, and was held to raise funds; all proceeds from ticket sales would be used to help child victims of the earthquake and tsunami that occurred on March 11 of that year. Kalafina’s performance for the festival took place at Yoyogi National Gymnasium (2nd Gymnasium); the day’s line-up also included Sphere, Faylan, Yui Makino, Yousei Teikoku and Chihiro Yonekura. On November 13 they made their first visit to Singapore for the Anime Festival Asia 2011 (AFA) convention and a performance at the con’s “I Love anisong” concert, along with other artists. On November 24 and December 4, Kalafina performed at the ANIMAX MUSIX FALL 2011 and LisAni LIVE 2011 events respectively, with a one-man live, “After Eden” Special LIVE 2011, in between on November 25. During the Christmas season they closed the year with Kalafina X’mas Premium Acoustic LIVE on December 24.

In 2012, from January 7 to February 4, Kalafina did a Live Tour with 10 concerts to promote their third album: 7 concerts for “Kalafina LIVE TOUR 2012 “After Eden” and 3 concerts for Kalafina LIVE TOUR 2012 “After Eden” LIVE HOUSE ver.. Kalafina were guests at the Anime Festival Asia Malaysia 2012 (AFA MY), which took place from June 9–10, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, performing on June 9 at the “Super Anisong Genki Live!!” concert in a line-up that included other artists. Back in Japan, they participated in the TYPE-MOON Fes(tival) –10th Anniversary Event–, which took place on July 7 and 8, performing setlists that comprised of Kalafina’s songs for Kara no Kyoukai and Fate/Zero. On July 16 they performed a one-man live named after their 10th, upcoming single: 「Kalafina LIVE 2012 “to the beginning” 」. From July 27–29 they were invited and performed at the AnimagiC 2012 convention in Bonn, Germany, marking their first visit to Europe. Kalafina took part in several collaborative live concerts in August: Mezamashi Live 2012 on August 6, Sound Spirit OTODAMA SEA STUDIO 2012 on August 18 and Music Energy 2012 on August 30. Their last live performances for the year were 3 concerts on December 19, 21 and 22 as under the name X’mas Premium Live 2012 “Kalafina with Strings”. In 2013 Kalafina marked their fifth year as a group with the one-man live, Kalafina 5th Anniversary LIVE “oblivious” on January 23 and 29. They have also been invited to perform at LisAni LIVE 2013 on January 27. Kalafina announced on January 23 that they will be holding a special live named after their upcoming fourth album, Kalafina “Consolation” Special LIVE 2013 on April 6. They have also announced that they will be the Guest of Honor at Chicago’s Anime Central (ACEN) convention and are slated to perform at the AKOO Theater on May 17. Following that they will embark on a National Tour of Japan, Kalafina LIVE TOUR 2013 “Consolation” with dates from June 8 to August 3. In the meantime, they will also perform at the “20th Anniversary Yuki Kajiura LIVE vol.#10 “Kaji Fest.” 2013” concert on May 11, with which will be celebrated Kajiura’s 20th year as a music composer as well as her 10th Live concert since 2008.

(thanks to CruelAngel for renewing the ‘noteable lives’ text!)


Interviews

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LIVE Performances

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Discography

Kalafina – believe
SECL1616 (Reg) SECL1612~3 (LE+DVD) SECL1614~5 (LE+BD) SECL1617~8 (AnE) | November 19, 2014
Single (Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works anime ED)
? Tracks
Kalafina – heavenly blue
SECL-1545 | August 6, 2014
Single (Limited Anime [Aldnoah.Zero] Edition)
3 Tracks
Kalafina – The Best “Blue” Edition
RE (CD): SECL 1535 : LE (+BD): SECL 1532~3 | July 16, 2014
Best of Album
15 Tracks
Kalafina – The Best “Red” Edition
RE (CD): SECL-1534 : LE (+BD): SECL-1530~1 | July 16, 2014
Best of Album
15 Tracks
Kalafina – 「Live Tour 2013 “Consolation” Special Final」
DVD: SEBL-163, Blue-Ray: SEXL-35 | December 11, 2013
DVD/BD
?? Tracks
Kalafina – Kimi no Gin no Niwa
SECL-1421 (Reg), SECL-1417 ~ 1418 (LE+DVD), SECL-1419 ~ 1420 (LE+BD), SECL-1422 (AnE) | November 6, 2013
Single (Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Hangyaku no Monogatari ED)
4 Tracks
Kalafina – Alleluia
SECL-1390 (LE: SECL-1391) | October 2, 2013
Single (Kara no Kyoukai Mirai Fukuin Theme)
4 Tracks
Kalafina – Consolation
SECL-1284 (LE DVD: SECL-1280, LE BD: SECL-1282)
March 20, 2013
Album
13 Tracks
Kalafina 5th Anniversary LIVE SELECTION 2009-2012
SECL-1229 (RE), SECL-1225 (LE) | January 23, 2013
Live Album (2 Discs)
16 + 13 Tracks
Kalafina Special European Edition 2012
? | January 9, 2013
Compilation
Publisher: TokiMedia
40 (14+13+13) Tracks
Kalafina – Hikari Furu
SECL-1204 (Reg), SECL-1200 (LE+DVD), SECL-1202 (LE+BD), SECL-1205 (AnE+DVD) | October 24, 2012
Single (Theme song of P.M.Madoka Magica ~ Eien no Monogatari ~)
4 Tracks (RE&LEs) 6 (An.E)
Kalafina – moonfesta
SECL-1156 (Reg), SECL-1154 (LE+DVD), SECL-1154 (LE+BD) | July 18, 2012
Single
3 (reg), 4 (lim) Tracks
Kalafina – To the beginning
SECL-1092 (Reg), SECL-1088~1089 (LE+DVD), SECL-1090~1091 (LE+BD), SECL-1093~1094 (AnE+DVD) | April 18, 2012
Single (Fate/Zero OP2)
3 Tracks
Kalafina – 「“After Eden” Special LIVE 2011 at TOKYO DOME CITY HALL」
DVD: SEBL-138, Blue-Ray: SEXL-13 | March 21, 2012
DVD/BD
21 Tracks
Kalafina – After Eden
SECL-1014 (Limited Edition SECL-1012~3) | September 21, 2011
Album
13 Tracks
Kalafina – Magia
SECL-941 (Reg), SECL-939 (Lim), SECL-942 (Ani)| February 16, 2011
Single
3 Tracks (Reg & Lim Ed) 4 Tracks (Anime Ed.)
Kalafina – Kalafina LIVE 2010 “Red Moon” at JCB HALL ~ Kajiura Produce 3rd Anniversary LIVE TOUR ~
DVD: SEBL-125, Blue-Ray: SEXL-3 | December 1, 2010
DVD/BD
21 Tracks
Kalafina – Kagayaku Sora no Shijima ni wa
SECL-903 (lim: SECL-901, anime: SECL-904) | September 15, 2010
Single (Kuroshitsuji II Insert, ED 2)
3 Tracks
Kalafina – Red Moon
SECL-854 (lim: SECL-852 ~ 3) | March 17, 2010
Album
13 Tracks
Kalafina – Hikari no Senritsu
SECL-838 (lim: SECL-836~7) | January 20, 2010
Single (Sora no Woto OP)
3 Tracks
Kalafina – Progressive
SECL-816 (lim: SECL-814~5) | October 28, 2009
Single
3 Tracks
Kalafina – Storia
SECL-788 (Limited Edition SECL-786~7) | July 1, 2009
Single (Rekishi Hiwa Historia Theme)
3 Tracks
Kalafina – Seventh Heaven
SECL-765 (Limited Edition SECL-763~4) | March 4, 2009
Album (Kara no Kyoukai 7 theme)
14 Tracks
Kalafina – Lacrimosa
SECL-762 (Limited Edition SECL-760~1) | March 4, 2009
Single (Kuroshitsuji ED)
3 Tracks
Kalafina – Fairytale
SECL-735 | December 24, 2008
Single (Kara no Kyoukai 6 theme)
3 Tracks
Kalafina – Sprinter/ARIA
SECL-671 | July 30, 2008
Single (Kara no Kyoukai 4-5 theme)
3 Tracks
Kalafina – Re/oblivious
SECL-639 | April 23, 2008
Mini-album (Remix)
6 Tracks
Kalafina – Oblivious
SECL-585/586 | January 23, 2008
Single (Kara no Kyoukai 1-3 Theme)
3 Tracks


Sheet Music Books

Kalafina – Piano Solo The Best Blue
ISBN 9784636910568 | October 25, 2014
Sheet Music
15 Track on ?? Pages
Kalafina – Piano Solo The Best Red
ISBN 9784636910551 | October 25, 2014
Sheet Music
15 Track on ?? Pages
Kalafina – Intermediate/Hard Piano Solo
ISBN 978-4-401-02397-4 | October 4, 2010
Compilation Sheet Music
16 Tracks on 96 Pages
Dimensions: 303mm×222mm
Kalafina – Easy Piano Solo
ISBN 978-4-401-02344-8 | May 13, 2010
Compilation Sheet Music
16 Tracks on 74 Pages


Books

Kalafina History 5th
SC-KL124 | January 23, 2013
Price: ¥4800(tax-incl.)
Artist Book
Pages: 263 pages (Dimensions: A4)
Kalafina Record
ISBN 978-4789735032 | September 16, 2010
Artist Book
192 Pages (Dimensions: A5 size)


Appearances

oblivious – Theme song of Kara no Kyoukai: Fukan Fukei
Kimi ga Hikari ni Kaete Iku – Theme song of Kara no Kyoukai: Satsujin Kosatsu
Kizuato – Theme song of Kara no Kyoukai: Tsukaku Zanryu
Sprinter – Theme song of Kara no Kyoukai: Mujun Rasen
ARIA – Theme song of Kara no Kyoukai: Garan no Dou
Fairytale – Theme song of Kara no Kyoukai: Boukyaku Rokuon
Lacrimosa – Ending Theme song of Kuroshitsuji
Seventh Heaven – Theme song of Kara no Kyoukai: Satsujin Kosatsu (part 2)
Storia – Insert Theme song of Rekishi Hiwa Historia (episode 9)
Hikari no Senritsu – Opening Theme song of Sora no Woto
I have a dream – Main Theme song of Eve no Jikan
Hoshi no Utai – Theme song of the game Nobunaga no Yabou Online ~Shinsen no Shou~
Kagayaku sora no Shijima ni wa – Insert Theme song of Kuroshitsuji II
Magia – Ending Theme song of Puella Magi ☆ Madoka Magica
snow falling – Ending Theme song of Kara no Kyoukai : Shousho
Symphonia – Ending Theme song of Rekishi Hiwa Historia (3rd season)
To the beginning – 2nd Opening Theme song of Fate/Zero
manten – 3rd Ending Theme song of Fate/Zero
moonfesta – Featured song of Minna no Uta
Hikari Furu – Ending Theme song of P.M.Madoka Magica ~ Eien no Monogatari
Mirai – Insert Theme song of P.M.Madoka Magica ~ Hajimari no Monogatari
Magia [quattro] – Ending Theme & Insert Theme song of P.M.Madoka Magica ~ Hajimari no Monogatari
Alleluia – Theme song of Kara no Kyoukai – Mirai Fukuin
dolce – Theme song of Kara no Kyoukai – extra chorus
Kimi no Gin no Niwa – Ending Theme song of P.M.Madoka Magica ~ Hangyaku no Monogatari
misterioso- Insert Theme song of P.M.Madoka Magica ~ Hangyaku no Monogatari
Heavenly Blue- Opening Theme song of Aldnoah Zero
believe- Ending Theme song of Fate/Stay Night [Unlimited Blade Works]





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