Kouji Ueno

Kouji Ueno born February 1 1960 in Chiba Prefecture is an awardwinning Japanese composer musician arranger and keyboardist. He is noted for his unique style of music. He graduated from Nihon Universitys department of music at its faculty of art and in 1978 began his career in music with his first music ensemble 81/2 after which he worked with the group Halmens between 1979 and 1981. In 1980 Ueno formed the musical group Guernica noted for its unique form of avant garde music along with vocalist Jun Togawa and lyricist Keichi Ohta. In the 1980s Ueno worked with renowned composer Ryuichi Sakamoto on the soundtracks of the films Koneko Monogatari Oritsu Uchuugun Oneamisu no Tsubasa and The Last Emperor. In 2004 he composed the music for the lauded Takashi Nakamuradirected TV anime series Fantastic Children. Ueno has recently formed the musical group Netszo Gansaku with the first album Polarity Integration released by Sony Music on April 2007. Ueno has also lectured on film music at the Faculty of Art at Nihon University. He has won several awards including the award for best musical composition at the 1989 Mainichi Film Festival for his composition of the musical score for the film Untama Giru and has also won numerous international awards including the best music at the Festival Des Trois Continents in Nantes in 1989 as well as the Cristal tcheque pour la musique contemporaine at the 32rd Golden Prague International Television Festival in 1995 held in Prague for his score for the NHK television series The Pale Cast of Thought.