Photo by Chigi Kanbe


Takaakira 'Taka' Goto - Guitar
Tamaki - Bass, Piano
Yoda - Guitar
Dahm - Drums

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MONO Official Documentary

The Tokyo, Japan based 4-piece Instrumental Rock band MONO was originally formed in 1999. Their unique approach of combining moving orchestral arrangements and shoegaze guitar noise is held in extremely high regard; so much so, that the band’s musicianship and the diverse musical palette has eclipsed the Rock genre and exists within its own realm. As British Musical Magazine NME once stated, "this is music for the Gods". A particularly monumental live memory of the band was a special set of shows with a 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 59 countries (and counting) and proudly holds the title of being one of the most internationally successful bands in Japan. Both critics and fans of Rock music agree that MONO are one of the best live bands in existence.

After releasing 10 successful albums including a live album with an orchestra in New York, 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. The band was also nominated for "Ariel Award for Best Original Music Score" for the feature film "The 4th Company" which was released in 2016.

Now in 2018, the band welcomes a new drummer Dahm and begins a new journey. Earlier in the year, the band was invited to London's Meltdown Festival as one of the headliners, personally requested by the 2018’s curator Robert Smith of The Cure. The band shared the stage with artists such as My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails, Mogwai and Deftones.

The band has now completed recording their 10th album “Nowhere Now Here”, which was released worldwide on January 25, 2019 to coincide with their 20 year anniversary. The album was once again produced by the band’s longtime friend Steve Albini at Electrical Audio, Chicago.


Nowhere Now Here New
2019, Full-length

Under The Pipal Tree New
2017, Full-length (Remastered Edition)

Requiem For Hell New
2016, Full-length

The Last Dawn
2014, Full-length

Rays of Darkness
2014, Full-length

For My Parents
2012, Full-length

Holy Ground: NYC Live with the Wordless Music Orchestra
2010, Live Album & DVD

Hymn To The Immortal Wind
2009, Full-length

You Are There
2006, Full-length

Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky, Flag Fluttered and the Sun Shined
2004, Full-length

One Step More And You Die
2002, Full-length

Under The Pipal Tree
2001, Full-length


The Virtues

The Virtues: Ep 2 (2019)

Country: United Kingdom
Type: Channel 4 TV Mini Series
Director: Shane Meadows

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Amanda (2018)

Country: France
Type: Feature Film
Director: Mikhaël Hers

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The 4th Company

The 4th Company (2016)

Country: Mexico
Type: Feature Film
Directors: Mitzi Vanessa Arreola, Amir Galván Carvera

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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 (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.

Marshall Hawkins Best Musical Score