“The most acclaimed Japanese composer to have ever worked in film” (Pitchfork), Joe Hisaishi announces today his upcoming album Songs of Hope: The Essential Joe Hisaishi Vol. 2 (August 20, Decca Gold/ UMG Japan/ Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company) with the release of its first single “HANA-BI.” Pre-order the album and listen to the new recording.
Following the massive success of Dream Songs: The Essential Joe Hisaishi (Vol. 1), this new album features even more of Hisaishi’s greatest hits from iconic films including Spirited Away and Porco Rosso, orchestral works and solo piano recordings, plus two brand-new recordings: “Kids Return” and “HANA-BI.”
Joe Hisaishi has won countless awards for his achievements in composition and film scoring. He is eight-time winner of the Japanese Academy Award for Best Music; he was awarded the Japan Medal of Honour in 2009; and he has composed soundtracks for two Academy Award-winning films, Departures (2008) and Spirited Away (2002).
Hisaishi’s body of work, comprised of nearly 100 film scores and solo albums, draws inspiration from the canon of American minimal music compositions, experimental electronic music, and European and Japanese classical music. He has scored all but one of Hayao Miyazaki’s Studio Ghibli films, including three of the top five highest-grossing anime films worldwide.
il porco rosso
Lost Sheep on the bed
TWO OF US
VIEW OF SILENCE
Ashitaka and San
DEAD for Strings, Perc., Harpe and Piano: 1. D.e.a.d
The Little House
Silencio de Parc Güell