• Takaakira 'Taka' Goto (Guitar)
  • Tamaki (Bass, Piano)
  • Yoda (Guitar)
  • Yasunori Takada (Drums)

The Tokyo, Japan based 4 piece Instrumental Rock band MONO was originally formed in 1999. Their unique approach of blending orchestral arrangements and shoegaze guitar noise in their music has been held in extremely high regard; so much so, that the band’s musicianship can no longer be sustained by Rock music alone and was praised by British Musical Magazine NME as “This is music for the Gods”. One of the most monumental live memories of the band was a special set of shows with 23-piece orchestra in New York, Tokyo, London and Melbourne.

Their annual world tour consists of around 150 shows. The band has now visited over 55 countries and proudly holds the stake of being one of the most internationally successful bands in Japan. Among their fans, they are revered as one of the best live bands in Rock.

After releasing 10 successful albums including a live album with New York orchestra, the band received the highly regarded award “The Marshall Hawkins Awards: Best Musical Score - Featurette” from the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema for their collaborative short film “Where We Begin” in 2015.

In 2016, the band recorded their 9th album “Requiem For Hell” with Steve Albini at Electrical Audio, Chicago and was released worldwide on Oct 14, 2016.

(Photo by Mitja Kobal)

Musical Appearances

Ray Donovan

Ray Donovan: Ep 406 (2016)

Country: United States
Type: Showtime Original TV Series
Creator: Ann Biderman

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Real Onigokko

Real Onigokko (2015)

Country: Japan
Type: Feature Film
Director: Sion Sono

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Where We Begin

Where We Begin (2015)

Country: Japan
Type: Short Film
Writer & Director: Mitsuyo Miyazaki

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Wildlike

Wildlike (2014)

Country: Canada
Type: Short Film
Writer & Director: Frank Hall Green

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Kanata No Ko

Kanata No Ko (2013)

Country: Japan
Type: WOWOW Origianl TV Drama
Director: Tatsushi Omori

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All God's Children Can Dance

All God's Children Can Dance (2008)

Country: United States
Type: Feature Film
Writer: Haruki Murakami
Director: Robert Logevall

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Snow Angels

Snow Angels (2007)

Country: United States
Type: Feature Film
Director: David Gordon Green

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Marshall Hawkins Best Musical Score

In 2016, MONO has received an honourable award called “Marshall Hawkins Best Musical Score” for collaborative film “Where We Begin”.

The film was a collaborative piece with America based Japanese writer, director and producer Mitsuyo Miyazaki and was later released to many film festivals throguhout the world 2015 onwards. As of mid 2016, the film has received over 7 awards including the mentioned award above.

www.wherewebeginfilm.com


Marshall Hawkins Best Musical Score