Born in Tokyo, Sizzle Ohtaka studied under a classical vocalist from age 7.
It was crucial encounters with jazz and world music that led her to pursue non-genre music.
Sizzle’s music career has spun beyond genres and geographical borders. She has released 21 original albums and collaborated with artists in films, paintings, book recitations and dances.
Currently, Sizzle leads improvisation workshops called, “Voice Drawing” and regularly appears in “Nihongo de Asobo (Let’s Play with Japanese)” on NHK’s (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) Educational Channel.

TV Appearances

  • Regular appearances in “Nihongo de Asobo” on NHK Educational Channel since 2003.

Soundtrack Contributions

  • The British Museum (1990), TV program
    The title theme songs for the NHK program, “Voice of Time”, “Swallow”
  • Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t (1992), film
    Directed by Masayuki Suo. The song, “Kanashiku te Yarikirenai” (Too Sad to Bear) and the ending theme music “Ringo no Ki no Shita de” (Under the Apple Tree)
  • Tetto Musashino-sen (1997), film
    Soundtrack of the movie directed by Naoki Nagao. “Saya Dream”, “Love is A Light”, “Infant Waltz- the Summer Knows” & etc.
  • Zukkoke Sannin Gumi – Kaito X Monogatari (1998), film
    The theme song,“Summer Page”
  • “Spirited Away” (2001), animation film
    Directed by Hayao Miyazaki, STUDIO HIBLI, an image song, “Kamigami-sama”
  • Antarctica, a special program, celebrating NHK’s 50th year of television broadcasting (2003)
    The them song, “Silence”
  • Final Fantasy III (2006), game
    Image songs, “Roaming Sheep”, “The Breeze”
  • Tenshi ni Narumon! (I’m Gonna be an Angel!) (2005), TV anime
    The ending theme music, “Ocian” (“Ai wa Umi”)
  • Leviathan, Athe Beast of the Endness (2005), game
    The ending theme music, “The Beast of the Endness”
  • Bokko (“Battle of Wisdom”) (2007), film(Hongkong)

Major Television Commercial Songs

  • “Hana (Flower) (AXIA,Fuji Film, image song)
  • “Supli” (Beverage, Kirin Supli, image song)

Performances at Music Festivals

  • The Lillehammer Winter Olympic Games (Performed “Komoro Mago Uta” (The Horseman’s Song in Komoro) at the closing ceremony), Norway (1994)
  • Le Printemps de Bourges, France (1994)
  • The Act Against Aids Concert at Nippon Budokan Arena, Tokyo, Japan (1994)
  • The Earth Music Festival of the Eurasia Odyssey, Fall 1999, Niigata, Japan (1999)
  • “In-yo (Light & Shadow)” in Edinburgh (Singing and performing a one-person stage) , UK (2003)
  • Jazz Festival in Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan (2004)
  • The Estonian Choral Festival, one of the Intangible Cultural Heritages of Humanity (Sizzle Ohtaka was the 1st Japanese to participate in), Estonia (2004)
  • The World Expo Ai-Chikyu-Haku, Aichi, Japan (2005)
  • The Aurora Festival, Tromsø, Norway (2006)
  • “Hiroshima Exhibition” at Volda University College, Norway (2007)

Collaborations

  • Participated as a voice performer in the collaborative performances of HOTEL PRO FORMA, a local performance group, and DUMB TYPE from Kyoto, namely MONKEY BUSINESS CLASS/SARU HODO NI, in Malmö, Sweden, Copenhagen, Denmark and Normandy, France to commemorate the occasion when the title “European Cultural City” was given to Copenhagen, Denmark (1996)
  • Performed and recorded an album with Ellerhein, the Grammy-winning girls’ choir from Estonia, Estonia (2004)
  • Performed in Game/Play directed by Yoshiko Chuma at the Asia Music and Society in New York, US (2005)
  • Invited to dedicate her song in the puppet dance performance by Hiroshi Hori at the occasion of the special exposition of the hidden Okunoin (inner temple) Buddha to the public at Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, Japan (2006)
  • Concert in Yellowknife, Canada in collaboration with First Nations musicians, Yellowknife, Canada (2008)
  • Joint recording session with the local musicians in Istanbul, Turkey; released as the new album “Serenade”, Istanbul, Turkey (2008)
  • Performed for the “Hibaku Piano (a piano that survived the atom bombing of Hiroshima) Concert” sereies, Tokyo, Akita & Ibaragi, Japan (2008, 2009, 2010)

Awards

  • Album “Return” won the Adlib Best Record Award in the new age/world music category (1992)
  • The Best Vocalist in Commercial Music Award from the Japan Advertising Music Association (1991)
  • The World’s Best Radio and Television Advertising Award of the International Broadcasting Awards, USA (2002)