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Japanese composer Jo Hisaishi

Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi
Jo Hisaishi (久 石 譲 Hisaishi Jo 🙂 December 6, 1950, Nagano) – one of the most famous Japanese composers. The real name is Mamoru Fujisawa (藤澤 п). Hisaishi Joe is a pseudonym that phonetically mimics the name of the American composer Quincy Jones.

Joe Hisaishi Biography
Hisaishi began playing music at the age of five, taking violin lessons. Hisaishi became interested in musical minimalism, which determined the characteristic sound of his music, while studying at a music college, where he entered in 1969 to study composer. He released his first album, Information, in 1982. In 1983, Hisaishi recommended Hayao Miyazaki to write an accompanying album for the Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds manga. Miyazaki liked the work of the young musician so much that he invited him to write music for the film Nausicaa from the Valley of the Winds. The work on Nausicaa glorified Hisaisi. In gratitude, he worked on all subsequent Miyazaki films.

Hisaishi has received the Japanese Academy Award in the nomination “Best Film Music” for a record number of times. Three of them are awards for music for the films of Takeshi Kitano (Sonatina (1993), Guys Returning (1996), Fireworks (1997). He also wrote soundtracks for Scenes by the Sea for films by Kitano (1992), Kikujiro (1999), Brother of the Yakuza (2001), Dolls (2002) and Yamato (2005).

In addition to creating music for feature films and animated films, Hisaishi works a lot for television and is involved in creating commercials. He also created the music for the 1998 Paralympic Games in Nagano.

A brilliant pianist and keyboard player, Hisaisi has released over 15 solo albums. He repeatedly performed and recorded with the London Philharmonic and Czech Philharmonic Orchestras. Hisaishi is particularly close to the New Japanese Philharmonic Orchestra: in 2004, he became the head of the so-called World Dream Orchestra, a formation within the New Japanese Philharmonic Orchestra intended for concerts that are easy to hear for classical and contemporary music in the summer months .

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While studying at the Kunitachi College of Music, Joe Hisaishi launched the composer’s career by creating, playing and producing contemporary music for numerous concerts. In 1982, he released his first solo album, Information. Since then, albums such as: Piano Stories, My Lost City, Chijo No Rakuen, WORKS I, Shoot the Violist, and many other solo albums created in his own style, free from the traditional borders of musical genres, have been released.

After the release of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, he created music for more than forty films. Among them are Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, directed by Hayao Miyazakui, Fireworks (HANA-BI), Kikujiro and other films by Takeshi Kitano ( Kitano Takeshi). He has received many awards, including five Japanese Academy Award, 48th Newcomer Award from the Japanese Ministry of Education, and others. Today, Joe Hisaishi is known as one of the most influential composers of the Japanese film industry.

For music for Spirited Away, he won the 56th Mainichi Film Competition Award for Best Music, an International Anime Fair Best Joe Hisaishi Music Award in Tokyo in 2001 year “For the best music in the” Cinema “category” and the 16th prize “Japan Gold disk Awad” in the category “Soundtrack of the year to the animated film.” Also, his constant assistance and achievements in the film industry of Japan and the variety of his works were noted. In 2002, he received the 11th Nagaharu Yodogawa Prize.

Among his recent works are such famous films as “The Yakuza Brother” (Brother) and “Spirited Away” (Spirited Away), Yamato (Yamato) and “Walking Castle of Hole” (Howl’s Moving Castle). Joe Hisaishi’s work is known all over the world, including his soundtracks for the French film “La Petit Poucet”, released in 2001, the Hong Kong film “Chinese Great Story” and Chinese the movie “Post-Modern Life of my Aunt”, released in 2006. The Korean film “When the Last Sword is Drawn / Mibugishiden”, on which he worked as a music director in 2005, gathered the largest box office in Korea.

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