|Official photo from Sakura-Con|
MARiA arrived just before their panel on Friday. toku arrived earlier that day and already had a Subway sandwich to eat. He was quite surprised of how big the sandwich was in the United States! They were both surprised at the amount of cosplay around the con. Especially the huge, dangerous looking weapon because toku mentioned that weapons aren't usually allowed in Japan.
MARiA has been singing for over 10 years, while toku made his NicoNicoDouga debut in 2009. They started working together to create COLOR, the opening theme song for Freezing. However, they did not debut as GARNiDELiA until 2014. The name comes from "Le Palais Garnier de Maria" and the moon that was discovered on toku's birth year, Cordelia. MARiA was 22 at the time while toku was 36.
Their debut song, ambigious, was also their first fast-paced song. It was a challenge for them but they confronted it knowing that they were creating an anime opening theme song. The combination of MARiA's beautiful voice and toku's brilliant music evoked a lot of emotions for me. The shooting star sound that became prevalent in all of their songs became a signature sound and I really fell in love with them all.
Grilleto is their second single, which is also another fast-paced song. They also wanted to create a song that you can dance to as shown in the video with two dancing MARiAs. The MARiA in white represents her confident self and the MARiA in black represents her weaker self. Since MARiA had to do the dances twice in two different dresses she was filmed for 24 hours for the video. Whereas toku's part only took 30 minutes...
These three songs are included in their first album Linkage Ring. The title of the album invokes the hope that they can create a link with their fans and new listeners to their album. Because to them, music is a way to communicate even if there is a language barrier.
After showing one of the videos from their first concert, MARiA commented that she designed and produced the dress for the live herself while working with a dressmaker. If she was not in the music business she would have like to design clothes for a living. Both of them are also avid anime fans. MARiA likes Sailor Moon and Naruto, while toku likes Macross Frontier and Evangelion. He also did cover songs of X Japan. Performing in the US has been one of MARiA's dreams... So without further ado, here are photos from the concert on Saturday night!
@ToastCrust for retweeting my request, @UuaanPewo for notifying me of @cowboybibimbop's set list!
GARNiDELiA Sakura-Con セトリ
- Go Tight! (カバー)
- 残酷な天使のテーゼ (GARNiDELiA mix)
|That amazing coat flap!|
|A moment when toku wasn't as animated playing the keyboard.|
|The best close-up of MARiA|
Twitter. You can see a green rectangle on the right side which is my notepad that I had out.
I have more photos from the concert that may not look as good as my best shots but still decent. If there are enough demands for it, I will post them up on my Flickr. Please contact me if there are any corrections to be made, via comments here, email or Twitter.