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Joe Hisaishi: A Musical Genius

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Noelle Hong

on 2 November 2012

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Joe Hisaishi: A Musical Genius Who is he, exactly? Why is he a "musical genius"? To start out, Joe Hisaishi isn't really even his name!
As he became more known, he developed an alias inspired by the famous African-American musician and producer Quincy Jones. Hisaishi, or Mamoru, was born in Nakano, Nagano, Japan. His birthday is December 6th (in 1950), which makes him 61 years old as of today! Even with his age, he continues to conduct and even play in his concerts around the world. The 323th Subscription Concert of Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa held on the 9th of June was his most recent concert, where he preformed the "Fantasy Series". Ticket prices ranged from roughly 6 dollars (500 JPY) to 74 dollars (6,000 JPY). Unfortunately, there is not much known of Hisaishi's background or even family. All we know is He has a wife named Ayame Fujisawa and a daughter named Mai Fujisawa
who sung the requiem for the movie
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. However,
this is neither Mai or Miyazaki's story.
Let's take it back to the start. . . . . . . . . . . . His beginnings began at just age five, when he started taking violin lessons at home.

It wasn't too much later when he discovered that he had a passionate drive for the art of music. At 19, he headed off to Kunitachi College of Music so that he could major in music composition. It was here that he learned he enjoyed minimal music, and divvied off into a branch as compositor of contemporary music. After his collaboration with (minimal) musicians, and the completion of his college experience, he has his first succession in Gyatoruzu where he composes a small piece of music for the small animation. He continues on to compose music music for other animes such as Sasuga no Sarutobi (or Academy of Ninja) and Futari Taka (or Full Throttle). In both compositions, his given name is used, so not many know of these first accomplishments. From here, Hisaishi goes from minimalist ideas to orchestra workings, thanks to one his many influences, the Yellow Magic Orchestra. It just keeps growing! He then has his very first public performance in 1975. Later, he creates his first album, MKJAWU in 1981. It combines both a simply jazzy and foreign feel, all the while still containing it's Japanese-sounding origin with the instruments of an orchestra. A year later, he releases his second album, Information and composes two major anime scores for Hajime Ningen Gyatoruz and Robokko Beeton. By this time, his works are becoming very well known. Remember his alias? He starts using it around here! 1983:
He creates an album for the movie for Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind It is here that his career skyrockets! As he becomes friends with famous director Hayao Miyazaki,
director of the internationally known Studio Ghibli films,
both promote eachother,
combining the beautiful directing of Miyazaki's
and the entrancing compositions of Hisaishi's. CASTLE IN THE SKY PRINCESS MONONOKE KIKI'S DELIVERY SERVICE PONYO SPIRITED AWAY HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM III MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO PORCO ROSSO Other accomplishments: On November 9th, 2009, he's awarded with a Medal of Honor by the Government of Japan
He becomes a visiting professor at Kunitachi College of Music and helps teach many young students
And of course, he goes on to create many many fantastic albums If you still don't believe that he is
one of the greatest composers of this time
hear it for yourself! Presentation made by Noelle Hong Thanks for listening!
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