Akiko Yano

Akiko Yano

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矢野顕子 (Yano Akiko)
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Born Akiko Suzuki in 1955, (Tokyo, Japan), Akiko Yano studied jazz piano in high school and recorded her first album, Japanese Girl, in 1976. To the familiar wispy, girlish voice of Japanese idoru, Yano added something different: a whimsical sense of mischief and the ability to simultaneously sing and improvise on the piano. Japanese Girl caused a sensation in the Japanese music scene, with Yano standing out from the J-pop scene of the time as something entirely original and different. After a failed marriage to Makoto Yano, the producer of Japanese Girl, she went on to become the wife and musical partner of Ryuichi Sakamoto, soundtrack auteur and former member of legendary '80s ele-pop unit Yellow Magic Orchestra. The partnership saw Yano join YMO on tour worldwide in the early '80s as support keyboardist, and she began to cultivate her own following in the US. Little Feat supported her on the West Coast, and she also participated in recordings with UK rock band Japan, led by David Sylvian (who still writes songs with Sakamoto), and Thomas Dolby. Separating from Sakamoto, she moved to New York in the '90s, where she now gigs regularly and records with a range of musicians, mostly in the jazz field.
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Akiko Yano Discography

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矢野顕子* Japanese Girl = 日本少女 (Album) Philips Japan 1976 Sell This Version
Akiko Yano 長月 神無月 (Album) Philips Japan 1976 Sell This Version
Akiko Yano いろはにこんぺいとう (Album) Philips Japan 1977 Sell This Version
矢野顕子* ト・キ・メ・キ (Album) Philips Japan 1978 Sell This Version
Makoto Yano, Akiko Yano Makoto Yano, Akiko Yano - Queen Songs (Album) Denon Japan 1979 Sell This Version
矢野顕子* 東京は夜の7時 (Album) Philips Japan 1979 Sell This Version
Akiko Yano ごはんができたよ (Album) Japan Record Japan 1980 Sell This Version
矢野顕子* ただいま。 (Album) Japan Record Japan 1981 Sell This Version
矢野顕子* 愛がなくちゃね。 (Album) Japan Record Japan 1982 Sell This Version
C28A0277 Tetsuro Kashibuchi Featuring Akiko Yano Tetsuro Kashibuchi Featuring Akiko Yano - Hotel Lilas(LP) Canyon C28A0277 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
矢野顕子* オーエス オーエス (Album) Japan Record, Japan Record Japan 1984 Sell This Version
Akiko Yano Brooch Midi Inc. Japan 1985 Sell This Version
Akiko Yano 峠のわが家 (Album) Midi Inc. Japan 1986 Sell This Version
Akiko Yano Granola (Album) Midi Inc. Japan 1987 Sell This Version
Yano Akiko* Good Evening Tokyo (Album) Midi Inc. Japan 1988 Sell This Version
32MD-1048 Akiko Yano Welcome Back(CD, Album) Midi Inc. 32MD-1048 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
Akiko Yano Love Life (Album) Epic Japan 1991 Sell This Version
ESCB 1294 Akiko Yano Super Folk Song(CD, Album) Epic ESCB 1294 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
Peter Gabriel & Akiko Yano & Akira Inoue & David Rhodes Peter Gabriel & Akiko Yano & Akira Inoue & David Rhodes - Snowflake (Album) Disques Kizna Japan 1993 Sell This Version
ESCB 1403 Akiko Yano Love Is Here(CD, Album) Epic ESCB 1403 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
MDCZ-1231 Akiko Yano Granola(CD, Album) Midi Inc. MDCZ-1231 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
ESCB 1523 Akiko Yano Elephant Hotel(CD, Album) Epic ESCB 1523 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
MDCL-1280 Akiko Yano Demae Concert(CD, Album) Midi Inc. MDCL-1280 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
ESCB 1677 Akiko Yano Piano Nightly(CD, Album) Epic ESCB 1677 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
ESCB 1816 Akiko Yano Oui Oui(CD, Album) Epic ESCB 1816 Japan 1997 Sell This Version

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