Cornelius Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Career
Announces West Coast Leg of Dream In Dream World Tour 

Watch Cornelius Perform “Environmental” Here

Watch Visualizer For “Too Pure” Here

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Cornelius Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Career

Japanese Multi-Instrumentalist, Producer, and Pioneer of Shibuya-Kei musical style,  Keigo Oyamada, announced the first North American dates of his 2024 world tour in support of his 2023 album Dream In Dream (Warner Music Japan/Like LTD) in celebration of 30 years as recording and performing artist.

Kicking off his West Coast leg with dates including a rare outdoor show at Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown, in September 2024, the artist will perform with his long-time touring band featuring Hirohisa Horie on Guitar/Keyboards, Yuko Araki on Drums, and Buffalo Daughter’Yumiko Ohno on Bass/Moog.

Today Cornelius shares a live performance of “Environmental” (Here) from Dream In Dream and a brand new visualizer from the album’s spiraling and bouncy, music-to-test-headphones-to-track, track “Too Pure” (Here).

Cornelius 30th Anniversary – Dream in Dream World Tour Dates
5/26/24 – Base Dream Hall – Shanghai, CH
5/28/24 – Livehouse – Beijing, CH
7/7/24 – Tokyo Garden Theater – Tokyo, JP
7/13/24 – Rohm Theater – Kyoto, JP
8/29-9/1/24 – End of the Road Festival – Salisbury, UK
9/3/24 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, NL
9/6/24 – Barbican – London, UK
9/21/24 – Music Box – San Diego, CA
9/22/24 – Pappy & Harriets – Pioneertown, CA
9/24/24 – Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
9/25/24 – UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA
9/27/24 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
9/29/24 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA

Cornelius Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Career

Cornelius:  Audio-Visual Trailblazer

From the time Cornelius began to perform live, the vision and execution for his stage show have evolved along with the technologies available to him.  During the Fantasma tours in 1998 and 1999 (including his jaunt with The Flaming Lips and Robyn Hitchcock), Oyamada would insert VHS tapes into the machine, projecting onto a white drape while he and the band would eye visual cues for each song’s start.  Point’s 2001-02 dates allowed him to run his visuals from a DVD player, while a click track went out to Araki’s monitor mix to start the songs.  At this point, he also developed custom lighting with ballasts filled with 5 uniquely colored fluorescent bulbs running on sequencers.  By the time Sensuous was released, LED technology had developed enough that the fluorescents could be replaced, giving each bulb its full spectrum of color.  Now that LED tech has evolved even more, the back drape (cyc) can be replaced with a light-weight LED screen for the visuals the only limitations being the venue’s, although Cornelius’s signature “Kabuki Entrance” is still projected onto the cyc.

Less than a year after the passing of long-time mentors and collaborators Ryuichi Sakamoto and Yukihiro Takahashi, Cornelius reflected upon the influence Yellow Magic Orchestra had on him and his creations.  As told to Brooklyn Vegan, “I believe ‘Dream in Dream’ has been influenced by all the music I have heard, but the most profound influence comes from…working with YMO’s Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Yukihiro Takahashi,” Oyamada continues, “I think YMO was a kind of fruition for Japanese culture that was widely exported to foreign countries along with the (Space) Invader game and Walkman”.  Finally, on the passing of Sakamoto and Takahashi Cornelius reflects with admiration by saying, “​​As a child, I never dreamt that I would have such a big connection with these three people in my life. I miss not being able to talk or perform with them anymore, but I think I will continue to learn many things from the music they left behind.”

Remixer Extraordinaire+ More

Also known as a world-class remixer, he has lent his talents to such artists as Blur, Beck, MGMT, Sting, and James Brown, as well as playing guitar in a re-formed Yellow Magic Orchestra, and recording and performing as a member of Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band, and more. His release Sensurround + B Sides was nominated for the 2009 Grammy Award for “Best Surround Sound Album”. Recently he contributed his cover of “Thatness and Thereness” to the album A TRIBUTE TO RYUICHI SAKAMOTO – TO THE MOON AND BACK.

“Cornelius makes some of the coolest music in the world, a cosmopolitan bricolage of Japanese pop music that is neither J-pop or Western Top 40 — just a long drag and exhale of plunderphonic neon-psychedelia that sounds like nothing else.”  – NPR

“Chilled out and supremely pretty.” – Stereogum 

“Bossa nova, math-rock, gentle vocals, drums hitting offbeat, and increasingly raucous guitars.. ingenious Japanese indie-rocker.”  – New York Times

“Retro-futuristic… Keigo Oyamada continues to be some kind of genius, though happily still undecided about which kind.”– Pitchfork 

30 years of Cornelius

After the release of his debut The First Question Award (1994) and the sample-laden cult classic 6996 (1995), Cornelius gained international attention in the late 90’s with the album Fantasma (1997) released on Matador Records, which mixed the 60s harmonies of The Beach Boys with krautrock and French pop, and a late-90’s sample-heavy production akin to Paul’s Boutique or Odelay. This was followed by Point (2002), where Oyamada eschewed sound-bite-music-beds for more organic sounds; looping the sound of a drop of water or mixing in the sound of birds chirping.  Sensuous (2008) and Mellow Waves (2017) extended this aesthetic leading up to Dream In Dream.

One Song From Every Album (showing his incredible diversity)
The First Question Award –  Theme From The First Question Award
6996 – “6996 –  6996 – Girl Meets Cassette.
Fantasma – “Count Five Or Six” – Count Five Or Six
Point – Drop” 
Sensuous –  “Wataridori
Mellow Waves – If You’re Here
Dream In Dream – Sparks

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About Cornelius:

Cornelius is the brainchild of Japanese multi-instrumentalist Keigo Oyamada.  He made his name in the 90s with the cult album Fantasma (1997) released on Matador Records which mixed the 60s harmonies of The Beach Boys with krautrock and French pop, and a late-90s sample-heavy production reminiscent of Paul’s Boutique. He has since released Point (2002), Sensuous (2008), Mellow Waves (2017), and most recently Dream in Dream (2023).  Being called a “modern-day Brian Wilson” for his orchestral-style arrangements and production techniques, Cornelius subsequently became one of the most sought after producer/remixers in the world, working with artists ranging from Blur, Beck Bloc Party, and MGMT, Sting to James Brown as well as playing guitar in a re-formed Yellow Magic Orchestra, and recording and performing as a member of Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band,  more.  His release Sensurround + B Sides was nominated for the 2009 Grammy Award for “Best Surround Sound Album”. Recently he contributed his cover of “Thatness and Thereness” to the album A TRIBUTE TO RYUICHI SAKAMOTO – TO THE MOON AND BACK.


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