Joe Hisaishi was born on
December 6, 1950, in Nagano. He started his career as a composer of
modern music when he was still a student at the Kunitachi Collage of
Music. At that time, he was into minimalist music. He released his
first album, "Information"
In 1983, he was recommended by a record company to
create the Image Album for Nausicaa of the
Valley of Wind, which was being made into a movie.
Miyazaki was so impressed with the Image Album
that he often played it during the movie production. Although the
soundtrack of Nausicaa was to be composed by a certain
"famous" composer, Isao Takahata
(the producer of Nausicaa) and Miyazaki strongly recommended that
Hisaishi should do the soundtrack as well. The rest is history.
Hisaishi also composed the beautiful and unforgettable
music for Laputa,
Spirited Away, and
Howl's Moving Castle.
His music played a very important role in these movies. He has also released
many other albums, and he worked as the
executive producer at and wrote the theme song for the 1998 Nagano
His name, "Hisaishi Joe" (family name first)
came from "Quincy Jones". The kanji for "Hisaishi"
could be read as "Kuishi", which is close to the Japanese
pronunciation of "Quincy", and "Joe" of course came
from "Jones". Hisaishi himself chose this name, when he needed
a stage name.
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