Imeruat

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IMERUAT is a prominent music group formed by composer Masashi Hamauzu and vocalist Mina. Known around the world for his compositions for popular video games, among them Final Fantasy XIII, Hamauzu has earned a reputation among contemporary Japanese musicians as a master of his craft. He is joined by Mina, whose training is reflected in her exceptional vocal style and research into her Ainu ancestry. Her knowledge of traditional instruments is informed by a deep respect for the culture of Japans indigenous peoples. After years of preparation, the duo's collaboration has culminated in the creation of the music series IMERUAT. (In the Ainu language, the name carries the meaning "Flash of light.") Already the unique combination of Hamauzu's progressive compositional style and Mina's vocals have impressed audiences during concerts taking place in Poland, France, United States, Switzerland and Japan, garnering recognition among international audiences.

 

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About Masashi Hamauzu : Born on 20th September 1971 in Munich, Germany, Masashi Hamauzu graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music with a concentration in vocal performance. Raised in a household where both parents were musicians, Hamauzu aspired to compose music from a young age. As a high school student, he began a course of self-study, and following his graduation from university, he was hired by the music department of game developer Square Enix.

About Mina : Born in Obihiro, Hokkaido, Mina was raised from her childhood in Ainu culture, in which she learnt traditional songs and dance from a young age. As an independent artist, she expresses her passion for her culture by founding the band IMERUAT (meaning “flash of light” in Ainu language) with Masashi Hamauzu. Mina also sings for Hamauzu on the soundtrack of “Final Fantasy XIII”, “Final Fantasy XIII-2” and “Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII”.

About Hijiri Kuwano : Recognized violin master in Japan, Hijiri Kuwano is especially active in the video game and animation worlds. With his ensemble Hijiri Kuwano Strings, we owe him the interpretation of powerful titles such as the Melody of Oblivion. He also performed for famous composer such as Joe Hisaishi and Yoko Kanno. His collaboration with Masashi Hamauzu started with games such as UNLIMITED: SaGa, Musashi: Samurai Legend, and Sigma Harmonics. He is also a performer on the original soundtrack of Final Fantasy XIII series on title such as “Blinded by Light”.

 Discography:

 

IMERUAT - Black Ocean

 

ALBUM: IMERUAT "Black Ocean" (Compose, Arrangement) (2012/06/29)

IMERUAT - Imeruat

 

MAXI-SINGLE: IMERUAT "Imeruat" (Compose, Arrangement) (2011/05/20)

DVD: IMERUAT "IMERUAT” (2013/04/24)

 

Official website: http://www.imeruat.com