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Kaoru Wada to Be Guest at Otakon 2022

Washington, D.C. (July 5, 2022) – Anime composer Kaoru Wada will be a guest at Otakon 2022, according to Otakorp Inc. His works will be part of the Sun and Stars concert on Sunday, with both a chamber orchestra and a rock band playing songs arranged by the composer.

Kaoru Wada is active in a wide range of musical fields, including anime, film, television, theatre and events, and has been involved in the musical side of well-known anime.

After graduating from the Tokyo College of Music, Wada resided in Europe. In 1986, his “Three Fragments for Orchestra” was debuted by the North Holland Philharmonic Orchestra (Noordhollands Philharmonisch Orkest), and was an enormous success. The following year, the work was performed again at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, as a piece on the Program of the Regular Season [Annual] Concert of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest; formerly, the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra).

In 1987, Wada's work, “Aikake [Discourse] for Flute, Harp and Percussion,” won an award in the International Contemporary Music Composer Competition in New York City. In 1988, the premier of “Folkloric Dance Suite for Orchestra” was performed in Sweden, by the Malmö Symphony Orchestra (MSO). The work was performed again thereafter in many countries, including in the Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Norway, the United States, and Japan. The work was released worldwide in 1990 on the Grammaphone Bis label.

Following his return to Japan, Wada was in charge of film music and accompanying music for animations including “Inuyasha,” as well as for movies, television, video, CD, dramas, and the stage. In 1995, his music for the Shochiku Film, “Crest of Betrayal,” was awarded a Japan Academy Prize. He has also served as an arranger for several television music programs, including “The Untitled Concert” of TV-Asahi, and “Meikyoku Album” and “Minna-no-Dowa” of NHK. He has also been responsible for the arrangement of the works of artists such as Yoshikazu Mera, Sojiro, and Eitetsu Hayashi.

In addition, Wada has also published many works for Japanese indigenous instruments, plus works that use Japanese folklore and folksongs as motifs. He has published numerous works commissioned from Japan and abroad, including from the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Gunma Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and several others. In November 2003, he conducted his first concert dedicated solely to his own works, “The World of Kaoru Wada” in Tokyo's SUNTORY Hall, with joint sponsorship by the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra.

Otakon will be held from July 29-31 in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

ABOUT OTAKON AND OTAKORP, INC.: Now entering its twenty-eighth year, Otakon is an annual celebration of Japanese and East Asian popular culture, and also one of the largest gatherings of fans in the United States. Otakon celebrates popular culture as a gateway to deeper understanding of Asian culture, and has grown along with the enthusiasm for anime, manga, video games, and music from the Far East. Historically, Otakon has drawn up to 34,000 people for three days each year (for a paid attendance of over 100,000 turnstile attendees). Otakon is a membership-based convention sponsored by Otakorp, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based, 501(c)3 educational non-profit whose mission is to promote the appreciation of Asian culture, primarily through its media and entertainment. Otakorp, Inc. is directed by an all-volunteer, unpaid staff – we are run by fans, for fans.

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