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The Joe Hisaishi Thread

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think there is a thread dedicated specifically to Joe Hisiashi.

 

To kick things off, I just came across this unexpected report from Taiwain about a recent Hisaishi concert:

 

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“Now I have listened to garbage trucks for the first time during a concert; I will remember this for the rest of my life,” another said.

 

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On 30/10/2017 at 7:03 PM, Kühni said:

Annual reminder to watch this fabulous concert again... ;)

Yep that concert video is great ! 

 

I feel lucky to have been able to attend this one this year. It's also been recorded but it's not on youtube though.

 

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Joe Hisaishi is coming to America! He will be in San Jose in May. Looks like tickets are going fast.

http://soundtrackfest.com/en/news/joe-hisaishi-in-concert-in-california-may-2018/

 

I have written a report about the same concert in Paris for who is interested:

https://soundtrackworld.com/2017/06/joe-hisaishi-symphonic-concert-paris/

 

 

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Thank you for the kind words.

 

The concert is not amplified?! That would be awesome. I already had the date marked on my calendar when the tickets go on sale.

 

Someone also pointed me to a concert in New York that he will do in October:

 

https://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2018/10/29/JOE-HISAISHI-SYMPHONY-CONCERT-MUSIC-FROM-THE-STUDIO-GHIBLI-FILMS-OF-HAYAO-MIYAZAKI-0800PM

 

 

 

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My favorite track of his is the 1 minute-long Track 1 The Legend of Ashitaka, but it's been banned online for so long now, only the weak version remains. All versions online are nothing like it.

 

The original is freaking epic. Right when that title appears in the movie, the main theme hits off the cymbals and the high strings soar over warm horns and their counter melody, then the melody becomes even more legendary.

 

 

I also really love Track 3, Journey to the West, but again--the original, not these weaker remakes. Some Eastern Borodin styles in there, but like they meet the spiritual rains and mists of Japan. I can only imagine the scenery the music evokes, the movie doesn't do the music justice.

 

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I don't even want to listen to remakes by Hisaishi because they diminish the brilliance of the original OSTs.

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