Joe Hisaishi Biography (Wikipedia)
Mamoru Fujisawa (藤澤 守 Fujisawa Mamoru?, born December 6, 1950), known professionally as Joe Hisaishi (久石 譲 Hisaishi Jō?), is a Japanese composer and musical director known for over 100 film scores and solo albums dating back to 1981. Hisaishi's works have invited comparisons with American composer John Williams.
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 conductor.
He has been associated with animator Hayao Miyazaki since 1984, having composed scores for all save The Castle of Cagliostro. He is also recognized for the soundtracks he has provided for filmmaker 'Beat' Takeshi Kitano, including A Scene at the Sea (1991), Sonatine (1993), Kids Return (1996), Hana-bi (1997), Kikujiro (1999), and Dolls (2002), as well for the video game series Ni no Kuni. He was a student of legendary anime composer Takeo Watanabe.
Joe Hisaishi Tracks