Joe Hisaishi

藤沢守 (Fujisawa Mamoru)

Also known as 譲 久石, Hisaishi Joe, J. Hisaishi, Jo Hisaishi, Joe, Joe Hisaisi, Joe Hishaishi, Jyo Hisaishi, 久石 譲, 久石譲
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Discography of Joe Hisaishi:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 ソナチネ (Sonatine (Original Soundtrack)) 14 Audio 1993 Eastworld
2 Dolls (Original Soundtrack) 5 Audio 2002-10-02 Universal
3 The Universe Within 12 Audio 1989 NEC Avenue
4 Birth (Original Soundtrack) 10 Audio 1984 RCA Victor
5 Spirited Away 21 Audio 2002
6 Princess Mononoke (Original Soundtrack) 33 Audio 1999 Milan
7 Hana-Bi (Music From The Motion Picture) 11 Audio 1998 Milan
8 Castle In The Sky (Original USA Soundtrack) 23 Audio 2002-10-02 Studio Ghibli Records
9 Le Voyage De Chihiro (Bande Originale) 21 Audio 2002 Milan
10 Howl's Moving Castle (Original Soundtrack) 26 Audio 2004 Miya Records
11 Le Voyage De Chihiro (Bande Originale) 21 Audio 2002-03-19 Milan
12 Le Petit Poucet 17 Audio 2001
13 Princesse Mononoké (Bande Originale) 33 Audio 1999 Milan
14 Princess Mononoke (Symphonic Suite) 8 Audio 1998 Milan
15 Mononoke Hime (Image Album) 10 Audio 1996-07-22 Studio Ghibli Records
16 Wind Of Life - Piano Stories II 10 Audio 1996-10-25 Polydor K.K.
17 My Neighbor Totoro 11 Audio 1987 Animage
18 Dolls 5 Audio 2002 Milan
19 交響組曲 もののけ姫 (Princess Mononoke (Symphonic Suite)) 8 Audio 1998-07-08 Studio Ghibli Records
20 千と千尋の神隠し サウンドトラック 21 Audio 2001-07-18 Studio Ghibli Records
21 千と千尋の神隠し イメージアルバム (Spirited Away (Image Album)) 10 Audio 2001-04-04 Studio Ghibli Records
22 鳥の人…「風の谷のナウシカ」イメージアルバム (Tori No Hito... - Nausicaä Of The Valley Of Wind: Image Album) 11 Audio 1983 Animage
23 はるかな地へ…「風の谷のナウシカ」サウンドトラック (Haruka Na Chi E... - Nausicaä Of The Valley Of Wind: Soundtrack) 13 Audio 1984 Animage
24 もののけ姫 サウンドトラック 33 Audio 1997-07-02 Studio Ghibli Records
25 Miyazaki's Spirited Away 21 Audio 2001 Milan
26 Kikujiro (Music From The Motion Picture) 12 Audio 2000 Milan
27 はるかな地へ…「風の谷のナウシカ」サウンドトラック (Haruka Na Chi E... - Nausicaä Of The Valley Of Wind: Soundtrack) 13 Audio 1993-07-21
28 魔女の宅急便〜サントラ音楽集 22 Audio 1996-11-21 Studio Ghibli Records
29 Music From The Miramax Motion Picture Princess Mononoke 32 Audio 1999 Milan
30 Hana-Bi (Music From The Motion Picture) 11 Audio 1998 Milan
31 菊次郎の夏 (Kikujiro Soundtrack) 12 Audio 1999-05-25 Polydor
32 おくりびと オリジナル・サウンドトラック (Okuribito Original Soundtrack) 19 Audio 2008 Universal Sigma
33 風の谷のナウシカ ドラマ編 風の神さま 4 Audio 1984 Animage
34 Le Chateau Dans Le Ciel 14 Audio 2003 Milan
35 となりのトトロ (Tonari no Totoro Imeeji Songu Shuu - My Neighbor Totoro Image Song Collection) 11 Audio 1996-11-21 Studio Ghibli Records
36 Brother (Music From The Motion Picture) 15 Audio 2000 Milan
37 Brother (Original Soundtrack Recording) 15 Audio 2001 Silva America
38 Kikujiro's Sommer 12 Audio 1999 Alhambra
39 となりのトトロ - サウンドトラック集 20 Audio 2004-08-25 Studio Ghibli Records
40 Meets Kitano Films 16 Audio 2001 Polydor
41 The Film Music Of Joe Hisaishi 14 Audio Greenspan Kohan Management
42 Nausicaä / 風の谷のナウシカ ハイテック・シリーズ 10 Audio 1989-10-25 Animage
43 Melody Blvd. 9 Audio 1995-01-25
44 Works I 7 Audio 2000 BMG
45 Ni No Kuni: La Vengeance De La Sorcière Céleste 33 Audio 2013 Wayô Records
46 Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind (Original Soundtrack) 13 Audio 2012 Wasabi Records (2)
47 Castle In The Sky (Original Soundtrack) 14 Audio 2012 Wasabi Records (2)
48 My Neighbour Totoro (Original Soundtrack) 20 Audio 2012 Wasabi Records (2)
49 Kiki's Delivery Service (Original Soundtrack) 21 Audio 2012 Wasabi Records (2)
50 Porco Rosso (Original Soundtrack) 23 Audio 2012 Wasabi Records (2)

Joe Hisaishi (譲 久石) 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 College of Music. At that time, he was into minimalist music. He released his first album, "Information" in 1982.

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 other Miyazaki anime films; Laputa, Kiki, Porco Rosso, Mononoke Hime, Spirited Away, and Howl's Moving Castle, among other soundtracks for other directors' films. 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 Paralympics.

He has composed over 40 film soundtracks. He has won many awards, including five Japanese Academy Awards for Best Music, the 48th Newcomer Award from the Ministry of Education (Public Entertainment Section), and others. Today he is regarded as one of the most influential composers in the Japanese film industry.

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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