What was once thought impossible has been proven possible by famed violinist Ayako Ishikawa as she took on Cosmos at Bousou P’s most difficult VOCALOID song.
Although not generally known for her “try to play” videos on Nico Nico, Ayako Ishikawa has recently been gaining more and more attention on the site as she attempts difficult songs on her violin.
Even before uploading and joining the site, though, she garnered fame worldwide in the music community for being the youngest student accepted at Purcell School in London when she was five and gaining a permanent visa to Australia in recognition of her talent. She’s held several concerts already around the world and is now sharing some of the happiness she shows while playing with even more people on Nico Nico Douga.
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Although she has tackled several other pieces famous to fans of anime and Japanese pop, from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Ninjari Bang Bang! to Laputa’s most famous theme “The Decay of Laputa”.
On July 25, as part of a special AyaNico festival streaming series, she took on the fastest Vocaloid song of them all: The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku. At its peak tempo, Miku sings at 240 beats per minute, something Ayako accomplishes easily with a series of tremolo chords. The rest of the song she handles just as beautifully. The originally Nico Nico Douga video is here, so take a look. For those unable to access the video, a mirror is below.
The original version of The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku for comparison’s sake:
Within five days of uploading, the video has already hit the number one spot on NicoNico with 140,000 views. Fans comments and reactions have been extremely positive as well, the highest compliment perhaps being that Ayako herself looked like a goddess. Others have remarked that even with the violin parts, it’s as if you can still hear Miku, even when the violin sounds drown out the vocal parts altogether.
Ayako will be holding another live stream event on August 8 on her Nico Nico Channel, AyaNico. It starts at 10 PM JST, and she will be taking requests for songs in the comments section of the video.
In addition to live streaming, she will also be holding another concert on September 12. Called AyaCon volume 2 ~AYA BAND~ it will feature a selection of classical and contemporary pieces. It will be held at the JZ Brat club in the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel. For those of you who might be in Tokyo at the time and want to see just how fast she can play live, tickets are on sale at the official website for 4,000 yen in advance and will be 4,500 at the door.
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