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Kalafina promoting "One Light" (2015)

Kalafina is a Japanese pop group founded by Kajiura Yuki that originally was to perform theme songs for the movie series Kara no Kyoukai -the Garden of sinners-. They have since continued on after that objective was complete. They are currently signed to SME Records.

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Kalafina L-R: WAKANA, KEIKO, MAYA, HIKARU (2008)

Debut & Seventh Heaven

By the end of 2007, Kajiura Yuki started working on the soundtrack of the movie adaptions of Kara no Kyoukai novels. She then 'founded Kalafina to perform the series' seven theme songs. The group's name is an ananym of an ancient Romanian word Anifalak, which means "one who defiles God". Their first single, "oblivious" was released in January 2008 with vocals led by Keiko and Wakana from the FictionJunction project. The single featured the theme songs for the first three movies and reached #8 on the Oricon weekly charts. But at this time, the singers' identities were not revealed and it was announced that Kalafina will have more vocalists chosen by Kajiura and Sony from audition. Their names were finally announced in the "Revo & Kajiura Yuki Presents Dream Port 2008" concert where Kalafina performed its opening act.

The new vocalists, Hikaru and Maya were introduced in their second single, "sprinter / ARIA", and it is the their only single performed by all four vocalists. It was rumored that Maya was still a high school student, and she subsequently left to focus on her studies. Her vocals were later replaced by Kaida Yuriko during live performances of "sprinter" and "ARIA". Their future releases would only feature Keiko, Wakana, and Hikaru. Kalafina released their debut album and fourth single in March of 2009. The release of Seventh Heaven brought an end to their tie-ins with Kara no Kyoukai.

Kalafina promoting Red Moon L-R: Wakana, Keiko, Hikaru (2010)

Red Moon

Breaking away from their original concept, their fourth single, "Lacrimosa", which was released simultaneously with their debut album, was the second ending theme to the hugely popular Kuroshitsuji. On May 7, 2009, it was announced during Kalafina's "Musou no Rakuen" concert that Maya was a seasonal member for "sprinter / ARIA" and Kalafina would continue from now on with three members. In the same month, Kalafina held their first ever live performance in America at the Anime Boston event. A new single also was revealed along with the news, "storia", the theme song to the TV program Rekishi Hiwa Historia. Despite not being an anime tie-in, it became one of Kalafina's representative songs. Three months later, they released their sixth single, "progressive". On January 2010, Kalafina returned to anime tie-ins with their seventh single, "Hikari no Senritsu" which was chosen to be the opening theme for Sora no Oto. With the popularity of the anime, Kalafina became a huge name in the anison market. Following the success of "Hikari no Senritsu", they announced their sophomore album, Red Moon, which included a digest and documentary of the group's time spent at Boston, Massachusetts.

Kalafina promoting After Eden L-R: Wakana, Hikaru, Keiko (2011)

After Eden

Following the release of their second album, they took a short break for live concerts before returning with their eighth single, "Kagayaku Sora no Shijima ni wa" on September 15. On December 1, 2010 they released their first video release containing the live performance of "Kalafina LIVE 2010 "Red Moon" at JCB HALL", as well as a documentary of their 2010 Asia Tour. Their ninth single "Magia" was released in February 2011, with the title track being a hard-rock number featuring Hikaru on lead vocals. It was used as the ending theme for the anime Mahou Shoujo Madoka☆Magica, while the b-side song "snow falling" was used as the ending theme song for the |Kara no Kyoukai epilogue movie. In July, Kalafina made another visit to the states to perform at the Anime Expo in Los Angeles, California. Their third original album After Eden was later announced to be released in September. During the album's debut week, Animate, Tower Record, and many cafes in the Shibuya district held a "Kalafina Week in Shibuya" to celebrate its release. After Eden managed to break into the top three of the Oricon weekly charts, surpassing the first week sales of their first two albums. A national tour was again held to support the new release.

Kalafina promoting Consolation L-R: Hikaru, Wakana, Keiko (2013)

Consolation & Best Albums

In 2011, Kajiura continued her collaboration with TYPE-MOON and studio ufotable, this time providing the soundtrack for the Fate prequel, Fate/Zero. The second season saw the participation of Kalafina, who provided the opening theme, "to the beginning". Later in July 2012, Kalafina released another folk song "moonfesta", their collaboration with a second NHK program Minna no Uta, a music program targeted towards children. Around the same time, they made a trip to Germany, taking part in AnimagiC anime convention in Bonn. In October, the group followed up with their 12th single "Hikari Furu", the title track being a sweeping orchestral ballad led by Wakana. It was used as the theme song for the second of three Mahou Shoujo Madoka☆Magica movie adaptations. The single contained two additional b-sides that were featured in the first movie. "Hikari Furu" became Kalafina's best first week debut, selling more than 38,000 copies. Not long after, "Yume no Daichi" a new ending for the long-running Rekishi Hiwa Historia program, along with a fourth album Consolation was announced in commemoration of the group's fifth anniversary. The theme of the album was described as a return to Kalafina's roots. In the midst of their promotion for Consolation, Kalafina made an appearance at ACen, held at Rosemont, Illinois. A national tour for the album wrapped up at the Tokyo International Forum Hall on August 4, 2013.

To kick off 2014, two best-of albums were announced to be released simultaneously in July. THE BEST "Blue" and the THE BEST "Red" debuted at #3 and #4 respectively on the Oricon charts, totaling more than 50,000 copies sold. Kalafina performed at France's Japan Expo for another international convention visit.

Japanese Discography

Kalafina promoting "Magia" (2011)
Kalafina promoting "Kimi no Gin no Niwa" (2013)
Kalafina promoting THE BEST "Red" and THE BEST "Blue" (2014)
Kalafina promotion "ring your bell" (2015)

Studio Albums

Mini-Albums

Compilation Albums

Live Albums

Singles

Digital Singles

Video Releases

Compilations / Others

European Discography

Best Albums

Publications

Books

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  • [2011.09.16] Kalafina Record
  • [2013.01.23] Kalafina History 5th

Calendars

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  • [2011.09] Calendar 2012
  • [2012.10] Calendar 2013
  • [2013.10] Calendar 2014
  • [2014.10] Calendar 2015

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