Article by PatrickD    (01-18-15 08:17 PM)
Anime News Network is reporting that vocalist Origa has passed away from lung cancer at age 44.

Origa was born October 12, 1970 as Ol'ga Vital'evna Yakovleva in Russia. After graduating music school in 1990, she visited Japan in 1991 and contracted with the ROAD&SKY Organization two years later. She participated in projects with various artists including the Radio Japan Series and as part of the chorus for the Kobe earthquake disaster charity single.

She released seven solo albums, two mini-albums, and three singles. Origa first performed with Yoko Kanno for Turn A Gundam, singing Gabriela Robin's "Moon" with the Gey's AX chorus. Most notably, she performed on the soundtracks to Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Both the first and second season's theme songs used Origa's vocals as well as the opening and ending themes of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society.

Origa made guest appearances at Anime Boston 2013, Anime Revolution 2013, Anime 2014, Anime Revolution 2014, and Youmacon 2014.

Origa died on Saturday, January 17, 2015.

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01-23-15 09:47 AM - Post#14265    
    In response to PatrickD

Sorry to be "that guy" for a moment, but Origa wasn't the original singer for "Moon". It was Gabriela Robin, a pseudonym Yoko Kanno used for when she did vocals. Origa would only occasionally fill in on the part during some live performances while Kanno focused on conducting.

She did an amazing job (check out video of her performing it here) but it's definitely a different voice than the original. (Listen to the original here)

Once again, sorry to be "that guy" but I get particular about Gundam stuff, especially when it's about the music in the Turn A series, arguably the best soundtrack in the entire franchise. I'll go back to my corner with my robits now.
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01-23-15 04:38 PM - Post#14267    
    In response to Nigoki

Clarified that sentence.
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