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Friday, March 06, 2009

Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi has confirmed his attendance to V International Film Music Festival "City of Úbeda".

Best know for his collaborations with prominent filmmaker and Ghibli's animation studio co-founder Hayao Miyazaki, Joe Hisaishi is one of the most influential figures in the Japanese film industry and the creative genius behind over a hundred film scores.

His prolific career encompasses not only some of the very hallmarks of Anime since the early 1980s -such as Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1983), Princess Mononoke (1997) or the Academy Award-winning film Spirited Away (2001)- but also a number of succesful film and TV productions like Hon? no Arupen Rozu (1985) and most of Takeshi Kitano's-directed features including Sonatine (1993), Kikujiro (1999) and Brother (2000).

A versatile artist, Joe Hisaishi has further successfully developed a solo career as performer, music producer and record label owner in addition to working as an arranger, head of orchestra and occassional film director.

His talent has been widely recognized as the recepient of countless international honors including five Japanese Film Academy Awards, the Annie Awards, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award and the Hong Kong Film Awards, among many other.

After writing last year's critically acclaimed score for Hayao Miyazaki's Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, 2009 sees Joe Hisaishi returning to solo form with a new album -Another Piano Stories - The End of the World- as well as writing music to the French production Sunny et l'éléphant plus two more films in Japan: I'd Rather Be a Shellfish and the Academy Award-winning Picture in Foreign Language Departures.

A first-timer in Spain, Joe Hisaishi's presence in the Úbeda Film Music Festival is a luxury that few film music fans can miss!