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Musical Director Joe Hisaishi
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Joe Hisaishi

Hisaishi began his career as a composer of minimal music during his student days at the Kunitachi Conservatory of Music. After graduation, in 1982, he cut his first solo album, Information. He established his style of not confining his music to any definite style. His association with film began in 1984 with Hayao Miyazaki´s Nausicaa of the Valley of Winds. Since then he has written scores for all of Miyazaki´s films, including My Neighbor Totoro and Kiki´s Delvery Service. His scores for Miyazaki´s Princess Mononoke earned him his fourth Best Music Award from the Japan Academy and other prominent awards. While releasing his solo albums, Works – I and Nostalgia, he has been active in live performance both in Japan and overseas in various styles: as a piano solo, with an ensemble or a symphonic concert with an orchestra, and has attracted wide variety of audiences.

Hisaishi´s collaboration with Kitano dates back to 1991. Beginning with A Scene at the Sea, he has provided music for Sonatine, Kids Return, Hana – bi and Kikujiro, and Brother will be his sixth film working with Kitano. Being one with full understanding of Kitano´s films, the scores he writes have become indispensable to Kitano´s cinematic world.
DISCOGRAPHY
Soundtrack album Solo Album
1984 NAUSICAA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WINDS, W NO HIGEKI 1982 INFORMATION
1986 ARION, LAPUTA 1985 α-BET-CITY
1988 MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO 1986 CURVED MUSIC
1989 KIKI´S DELIVERY SERVICE 1988 PIANO STORIES, ILLUSION
1991 KOJIKA MONOGATARI, FUTARI, A SCENE AT THE SEA 1989 PRETENDER
1992 SEISHUN DENDEKE DEKE DEKE, KURENAI NO BUTA, HARUKA NOSTALGY 1991 I am
1993 SONATINE, MIZU NO TABIBITO; SAMURAI KIDS 1992 My Lost City
1996 KIDS RETURN, PARASITE EVE, PRINCESS MONONOKE 1994 CHIJO NO RAKUEN
1997 HANA-BI, SHIGURE NO KI 1995 MELODY Blvd.
1998 KIKUJIRO 1996 PIANO STORIES II


1997 WORKS I


1998 NOSTALGIA-PIANO STORIES III-


1999 WORKS II
 Yohji Yamamoto

Born in Tokyo in 1943. After graduating from Keio Gijuku University in 1966 as a law major, he enrolled at the Bunkafukuso Gakuin, school of fashion, Tokyo.

In 1972, he established Y´s, Inc. and launched his own brand. In 1977, he presented his designs at the Tokyo Collections for the first time. 1981 marked his first participation at the Paris Collections. The silhouettes produced from use of monochrome tones sent shock waves in France where "black" was not yet recognized at the time. Backed up with sure sewing technique, his innovative designs won the 26th FEC (Fashion Editors´ Club) Award in 1982.

Since then he has constantly sent his works to the Paris Collections, and put forward avant-garde designs, based on black, his trademark color. By introducing his Japanese aesthetic to the Western fashion world, Yamamoto gave a new code to the context of fashion, and made his appeal to the whole world. In 1984, he established Yohji Yamamoto, Inc. With ambitious works, he has stabilized his position in the fashion world.

In 1989, Wim Wenders made a portrait of Yamomoto in Notebook on Cities and Clothes. The following year he tries under took the costume design for Opera de Lyon´s production of Puccini´s Madame Butterfly. In 1993, Yamamoto designed the costumes for Wagner´s opera Tristan and Isolde, which was performed in Bayreuth. In 1994, he was awarded the'Chevalier de l´Ordre des Arts et Lettres´ from the French Ministry of Culture. In 1997 he was awarded the 'Night of Stars' award,and recognized as a master of design by the New York Fashion Group. In 1998, he garnered a number of awards, including the 'Arte e Moda' from Pitti Immagine, Florence.

Overthrowing conventional concepts in fashion, Yamamoto continues to charm many top designers, including Giorgio Armani. At the same time, he has played an active role in the music scene. In 1988, with Yukihiro Takahashi (ex-Yellow Magic Orchestra,) he cut the album, Takahashi Yukihiro X Yamamoto Yohji Le Pence. In 1990, after releasing the album Confess: Hanzaisha no Aribai, he held his first solo concert, and since then has giver numerous concerts. He continues to be active in various areas.
Personal Profile
1977 Presents first collection in Tokyo
1981 Presents first collection in Paris
1982 Receives the 26th Fashion Editors Club (FEC) Award, Tokyo
1986 Receives the 4th Mainichi Fashion Award, Tokyo
1989 Wim Wenders´ film portrait of Yohji Yamamoto "Notebook on Cities and Clothes"
1990 Designs costumes for the Opera de Lyon production of Puccini´s "Madame Butterfly"
1991 Receives the 35th Fashion Editors Club (FEC) Award, Tokyo
1993 Designs costumes for the Wagner Opera "Tristan and Isolde" In Bayreuth
1994 Receives the "Chevalier de l´Ordre des Arts et Lettres" Nomination from the French Ministry of Culture
1994 Receives the 12th Mainichi Fashion Award, Tokyo
1994 Designs costumes for the Kanagawa Art Festival Opera "Susanoo"
1996 Presents first perfume [YOHJI]
1997 Receives the 40th Fashion Editors Club (FEC) Designer´s Award, Tokyo
1997 Receives the Night of Stars Award from Fashion Group, New York
1998 Receives the Award "Arte e Moda" given by Pitti Immagine, Florence
1998 Participates in the 25th Anniversary of the Pina Bausch Company, Wuppertal
1999 Receives the 18th Annual Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards´ "International Award", New York
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