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Japan (1950 – present)

Mamoru Fujisawa, known professionally as Joe Hisaishi (born December 6, 1950), is a composer and director known for over 100 film scores and solo albums dating back to 1981.

While possessing a stylistically distinct sound, Hisaishi’s music has been known to explore and incorporate different genres, including minimalist, experimental electronic, European classical, and Japanese classical. Lesser known are the other musical roles he plays; he is also a typesetter, author, arranger, and head of an orchestra.

He is best known for his work with animator Hayao Miyazaki, having composed many scores for many of his films including Spirited Away (2001), Howl’s Moving Castle (2004), Princess Mononoke (1997), My Neighbor Totoro (1988), and Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984). He is also recognized for the soundtracks he has provided for filmmaker ‘Beat’ Takeshi Kitano, including Dolls (2002), Kikujiro (1999), Hana-bi (1997), Kids Return (1996), and Sonatine (1993).

Joe Hisaishi was born in Nakano, Nagano, Japan as Mamoru Fujisawa. When he started to take violin lessons at age five, Hisaishi discovered his passion for music. Realizing his love, he attended the Kunitachi College of Music in 1969 to major in music composition. Hisaishi collaborated with minimalist artists as a typesetter, furthering his experience in the musical world.

As his works were becoming well known, Hisaishi formulated an alias inspired by Quincy Jones, an African-American musician and producer. Retranscribed in Japanese, “Quincy Jones” became “Joe Hisaishi.

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  • oohsehun

    One of the few, truly, absolutely great musicmakers of our time. [17]

    9 Feb 8:56pm Reply
  • gudmundrodrigo

    "Song of the Heavenly Maiden" <3

    7 Feb 10:23pm Reply
  • sbirkoff

    Vote for new PICTURE of year 2014 :)

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Velimirius

    Wind at Dusk (2) ❤❤❤

    28 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Velimirius

    One of the few, truly, absolutely great musicmakers of our time. [16]

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Charade69

    One of the few, truly, absolutely great musicmakers of our time. [15]

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • ajatuslapsi

    his kaguya OST might be his best since spirited away. there you have it. [2]

    20 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ajatuslapsi

    I saw Kaguyahime no monogatari last winter and it has one of the best Ghibli / anime / movie soundtracks I've ever heard. Definitely recommend the movie and OST ^^

    20 Oct 2014 Reply
  • opgay

    One of the few, truly, absolutely great musicmakers of our time. [14]

    13 Oct 2014 Reply
  • micanki

    One of the few, truly, absolutely great musicmakers of our time. [13]

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • slay0r

    Perfect music for the soul

    3 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Higurashirika

    One of the few, truly, absolutely great musicmakers of our time. [12]

    30 Sep 2014 Reply
  • JackAnderson94

    Listening to Kaze Tachinu OST and may I be damned if that's not one of the most inspiring things he wrote

    23 Sep 2014 Reply
  • teo89x

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Winds OST :D

    4 Sep 2014 Reply
  • BigSimo

    his kaguya OST might be his best since spirited away. there you have it.

    10 Aug 2014 Reply
  • DJYellowStar

    Absolutely brilliant composer. His work is so magical

    3 Aug 2014 Reply
  • roybromwell

    Spirited Away OST is heavenly

    21 Jul 2014 Reply
  • LUCE08

    One of the few, truly, absolutely great musicmakers of our time. [11]

    10 Jul 2014 Reply
  • hachiko1718

    One of the few, truly, absolutely great musicmakers of our time. [10]

    7 Jul 2014 Reply
  • jonpyo

    esse cara é o cara

    2 Jul 2014 Reply
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