Charan-Po-Rantan are an "alternative chanson" sister unit comprised of Momo, 23, on vocals, and her older sister, Koharu, 28, on the accordion. Their music is an eclectic melting pot of French chanson, gypsy music, Klezmer, retro 50s-60s J-pop with a pinch of Russian melancholy, all mixed together with a modern twist. Lyrics are dripped with wit and black humor, an exact opposite and surprising contrast to their colorful, eye-catching outfits (which are all designed by Koharu, and handmade by the sisters' mother and grandmother).
Since the duo's formation in 2009, they have performed anywhere from the street to the legendary Nippon Budokan, to gigs in Canada, Taiwan and SXSW and twice at Japan's famed Fuji Rock Festival, even being named as one of the best acts of the festival. The pair also famously rejected an invitation from Pink Floyd's, David Gilmore to perform together (mainly out of young ignorance at the time), and are also the first Japanese artist to be followed on Twitter by the service's founder, Jack Dorsey (for whom they serenaded at a private party for Dorsey in Tokyo). In July 2014, Charan-Po-Rantan made a surprising major label debut from Avex Japan, and have continued to charm fans at not only their performances but also through mass media exposure on educational programs on NHK and their own radio show on a major FM station.
They've even branched out to acting in a movie for which they also penned the soundtrack and theme song, to musically directing a theatre show for one of Japan's most popular comedians. Their latest album was released in January 2017, and all eyes are on this talented duo as they continue to create their borderless "colorful poison" that draws out a world of fantasy, madness and humor through their well-rounded musical circus entertainment.
Momo and Koharu will be in town for this unprecedented duo show leading up to their performance as part of Godzilla Legend – Music of Akira Ifukube at Japan Society on April 28th
Charan-Po-Rantan is subsidized by J-LOP4, funding from The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan.
Composer/violinist/vocalist Alicia Svigals is the world's leading klezmer fiddler and a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, who she co-directed for seventeen years. She has played and composed for violinist Itzhak Perlman, the Kronos Quartet, playwrights Tony Kushner and Eve Ensler, poet Allen Ginsburg, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, singer-songerwriters Diane Birch, Debbie Friedman, Chava Albershteyn, Gary Lucas and Najma Akhtar, and many others. Svigals was awarded the Foundation for Jewish Culture's annual New Jewish Music Network Music Commission for her original live score to the 1918 film the Yellow Ticket, was a 2014 fellow at LABA: A Laboratory for Jewish Culture in NYC, and a 2014 MacDowell fellow.