Anima Sarah Àlainn
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- 1Nella Fantasia03:44
- 2Sky's Calling04:19
- 3Little Doll04:26
- 4Fantasy On Ice05:38
- 5Bring The Snow03:25
- 9Dream As One (Japanese Version)04:05
- 10Canto Della Terra03:58
- 11Con Te Partiro (Time To Say Goodbye)03:56
- 12Little Doll (Japanese Version)04:25
Info for Anima
Sarah Àlainn originally from Sydney, began studying the violin from the age of 5. She studied under Perry Hart, the star pupil of Szymon Goldberg who at the age of 20 became the concertmaster for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Winning domestic competitions she soon gained recognition for her talents and enrolled at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and graduated with a High Distinction average from the University of Sydney, whilst studying abroad at the University of Tokyo.
Sarah’s debut as a singer began with Beyond the Sky, the ending theme to the game Xenoblade, composed by Yasunori Mitsuda. She has since been actively involved in singing and writing lyrics for games. Sarah collaborated with Olympic gold medalist, figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu with The Final Time Traveler, the ending theme to Time Travelers by Hideki Sakamoto with English lyrics by Sarah. Yuruzu Hanyu also used the song during his exhibition program. Sarah and Yasunori Mitsuda collaborated on the music for the SEGA game Valkyria: Azure Revolution.
In 2012 Sarah signed a record deal with Universal Music Japan releasing her debut album Celeste reaching #1 on the iTunes Japan Vocal Charts. Her second album, SARAH produced by Yasunori Mitsuda, was released in 2014 reaching #1 position in the Billboard Japan Classical charts, her 13th entry into the Japanese music charts. Her third album, the self produced f was released in November 2015. Sarah writes lyrics in English, Japanese, Italian and Latin. With a vocal range spanning over 3 octaves, Sarah’s voice was the subject of an analytical study by Japanese Acoustic Labs where the results ascertained that the effects of listening to Sarah’s singing is therapeutically beneficial, by way of her voice containing 1/f fluctuations (similar to the audio waves found in church bells).
Sarah is actively involved in supporting parasport initiatives. Her song Dream As One is a parasports theme song in Japan. Sky’s Calling with music, lyrics and vocals by Sarah, is the theme song to Japan Airlines’s weekly TV program ‘PREMIUM SKY’. Sarah’s composition for string orchestra Shadows of Time was used in the short film promoting the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gunkanjima (Sites of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution: Iron and Steel, Shipbuilding and Coal Mining). As part of Mitsubishi Corporation’s socio-cultural initiatives, Sarah’s English translation of the picture book Who? Me! is being delivered to children around the world.
Sarah worked together with 16 Grammy Award winning record producer David Foster on the Disney special anniversary album We Love Disney, singing Colors of the Wind from Pocahontas. Sarah has also recorded on tracks with the Vienna Boys’ Choir, and a duet with Andrea Bocelli.
In 2016 Sarah performed with Andrea Bocelli on his ‘CINEMA World Tour’ in Japan. Sarah has also performed the Japanese National Anthem in front of the Emperor and Empress of Japan, and the Royal Family, Prince and Princess Akishino.
Sarah currently hosts an English-language teaching show ‘Kiso Eigo for Adult Learners’ on NHK TV. She also hosts her weekly radio program Peace of Mind~Saturday mornings with Sarah Àlainn on Tokyo FM/FM Osaka. She was also invited to speak at TEDxUTokyo (TEDx event hosted by The University of Tokyo), where she spoke about ‘Meaningful Silences’.
Sarah was chosen to sing the theme song Bring The Snow to the upcoming feature film Moomins At Christmas due to be released in 2017. Her single Little Doll reached #1 on the iTunes Classical charts upon the day of its release.
Sarah Àlainn, piano, vocals
grew up in Sydney, Australia to a father, a diplomat, and a musician for a mother. At the age of five she began playing violin, and by the time she was six her talent was discovered by Australian violinist Perry Hart, the star pupil of Szymon Goldberg, the legendary violinist who at the young age of 20 became the concertmaster for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. After winning a number of national contests, Sarah enrolled at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she studied under Polish violinist, Wanda Wilkomirska.
From childhood she also demonstrated a talent for singing, her vocal range spanning over 3 octaves. At 14 she auditioned for an operetta at the conservatory, where she was cast as the leading role of Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance. From that moment she began formal singing lessons under Australian soprano, Paula Clarkestone.
In 2006, Sarah enrolled at the University of Sydney under BA Arts Languages degree, where she studied linguistics and music (performance, composition and music theory). In the same year, she was inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society, offered only to students demonstrating excellence within the top 10% in the world. In 2007, she was awarded the Sarah Theresa Makinson composition prize from the music department, as well as the Walter Reid Memorial Award for academic achievement. For two consecutive years, she was awarded the academic merit prize for the highest performing undergraduate, and in 2010 Sarah graduated with a High Distinction average.
While eagerly pursuing her studies, Sarah was active as a violinist playing at the Sydney Parliament House, as well as the Sydney and Brisbane town halls alongside world-famous opera singers such as Yvonne Kenny (Soprano) and José Carbó (Baritone). Her performance as a guest musician in the documentary feature film on Charles Billich was aired on SBS.
In 2008, Sarah was among 25 students selected from all over the world to participate in an exchange program at the University of Tokyo.
Alongside her studies, Sarah made use of her talent for languages (including fluency in English, Japanese and Italian) for translating children's picture books as well as working as a freelance copywriter for international advertising agency, M&CSaatchi Japan. This activity included the publication of a translation of the Japanese picture book 'Ore Dare' (by Kodansha Ltd) under the title 'Who? Me!'. The picture book is distributed by Mitsubishi Corporation who delivers books to children across the globe. The book was then releasesed as an audio e-book in China as well as an interactive storybook app for ios with Sarah narrating on both these items.
In Japan, Sarah performed the much talked about vocals in the ending theme 'Beyond the Sky' of the Nintendo Wii game "Xenoblade", composed by Yasunori Mitsuda. Other notable works include the theme of the Square Enix iPhone game "Chaos Rings Ω", and her contribution as both lyricist and vocalist for the main theme of the game "Time Travelers" produced by Level 5 and composed by Hideki Sakamoto.
In 2012, Sarah signed a record deal with Universal Music Japan. Her debut album Celeste was released the same year and reached #1 on the iTunes Japan Vocal chart. Sarah has also been involved in the music for various TV commercials including SONYα7, Mitsubishi Corporation and Sunwa Shutter where she acts as a singer, violinist, lyricist and composer. In the critically acclaimed commercial for POLA which gained recognition for its fusion of rap, jazz and world music considered to be unusual for a cosmetics brand, Sarah directs the music and co-writes the lyrics.
Sarah is currently working on her second studio album produced by Yasunori Mitsuda, which is set to be released in Summer 2014.
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