Oh, of course Yoko Kanno! She's my favorite composer ever. Period. It's amazing
how many different genres of music she can write. Her wiki article
lists the following as her genres:
She's all over the place too; every anime you say to yourself, "Wow, this anime has a great soundtrack!" she probably has her hand in.
She writes most of Maaya Sakamoto's songs, which make them twice as awesome to me, since I already like Maaya's voice. She responsible for the Cowboy Bebop soundtrack (performed mostly by The Seatbelts, another great group), Ghost in the Shell, Wolf's Rain... it's countless the number of things she's had her hand in, really.
Oh, and Steve Conte
... check him out too. He's actually the lead Guitarist for the New York Dolls, but he's done a good deal of work with Yoko Kanno for a handful of anime series. He sang Call Me Call Me
, Words That We Couldn't Say
and No Reply
for Cowboy Bebop, Stray
, Heaven's Not Enough
and Could You Bite the Hand
for Wolf's Rain, and one of his favorite songs of mine, The Garden of Everything
, a duet with Maaya Sakamoto.
He's got a great voice, anyway... but more importantly, YOKO KANNO PWNS. ^-^