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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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  • teo89x

    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Winds OST :D

    4 Sep 11:56am Reply
  • BigSimo

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

    10 Aug 11:52am Reply
  • DJYellowStar

    Absolutely brilliant composer. His work is so magical

    3 Aug 7:58pm Reply
  • sighyonara

    not sure if i recommend this or not

    28 Jul 11:03am Reply
  • sighyonara

    if you listen to this while doing laundry its likely that youll end up in fetal position pulling at you eyelashes questioning your entire existence

    28 Jul 11:03am Reply
  • roybromwell

    Spirited Away OST is heavenly

    21 Jul 1:51pm Reply
  • LUCE08

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

    10 Jul 3:04am Reply
  • hachiko1718

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

    7 Jul 5:29pm Reply
  • jonpyo

    esse cara é o cara

    2 Jul 10:47pm Reply
  • Gaija2507

    Музыка к фильму "Ушедшие" просто восхитительна. Да и вообще, Хисаиси мастер.

    9 Jun 5:50pm Reply
  • LobelieOfBodom

    One of the few, truly, absolutely great musicmakers of our time. [9]

    2 Jun 10:01pm Reply
  • heartarkray

    One of the few, truly, absolutely great musicmakers of our time. [8]

    28 May 2:48am Reply
  • klippshaw

    kıss forehead smooth nıce [2]

    22 May 2:30am Reply
  • Dominus_Abaddon

    ♥ ♥ ♥ Sonatine ♥ ♥ ♥

    8 May 9:03pm Reply
  • Velimirius

    天人の音楽 I ,loving that tune so much, fantastic :)

    8 May 9:56am Reply
  • Velimirius

    princess kaguya ost is beautiful, Joe did it again :)

    6 May 5:14pm Reply
  • EricValeev

    Kikujiro <3

    2 May 6:00pm Reply
  • alifadesu

    One of the few, truly, absolutely great musicmakers of our time. [7]

    30 Apr 10:45am Reply
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    27 Apr 3:26pm Reply
  • masquesedani

    Love him. His music is just incredible. <3

    18 Apr 6:56pm Reply
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