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Joe Hisaishi in Budokan, celebrating 25 years of Studio Ghibli music
June 29, 2013 9:04 AM   Subscribe

Joe Hisaishi in Budokan was a series of concerts given in August 2008 to commemorate both the Japanese theatrical premiere of Ponyo and the 25 years of musical collaboration between composer Joe Hisaishi and film maker Hayao Miyazaki. This massive concert featured performances of these signature Miyazaki film scores composed by Hisaishi, conducting from the piano, and the 200-member New Japan Philharmonic World Dream Orchestra, along with six featured vocalists, the 800 combined voices of the Ippan Koubo, Ritsuyuukai and Little Singers of Tokyo choirs, plus a 160-piece marching band. Altogether there were some 1160 musicians and singers on stage, backed by images from Miyazaki's films projected on a giant screen. The almost two hour long show is on YouTube in HD, for your viewing pleasure.
posted by filthy light thief (13 comments total) 67 users marked this as a favorite

 
Um. Wow. Thanks for this.
posted by emmet at 9:37 AM on June 29, 2013


Thank you for this wonderful, wonderful gift of music, filthy light thief! I see a lot of chilling out in front of the computer, blissfully absorbed in Ghibli happening soon.
posted by harujion at 9:37 AM on June 29, 2013


Coupla years back I had a Ghibli Music Megapost in the works for one of the best post contests, but I ultimately gave up on it on account of Studio Ghibli being very aggressive in issuing takedowns. Less than half of the stuff I collected is still up on Youtube.

Anyway, the point is I recommend watching this sooner rather than later, because it ain't gonna be available in perpetuity. Also: Great find, flt!
posted by Sokka shot first at 9:43 AM on June 29, 2013


I've got small kids, and discovered Studio Ghibli a few years back. I usually hesitate to call anything "magic", but watching my kids watch the Ghibli movies, especially Totoro and Ponyo, is pure magic...

And the scores are of course wonderful and integral to the experience. Lovely post, FLT!
posted by Harald74 at 9:44 AM on June 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


For me, you can't really go past Hisaishi's One Summer's Day and The Sixth Station (both on YouTube, both from Spirited Away). Especially in the context of the movie, they're just so emotive.
posted by Quilford at 9:48 AM on June 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


If you like his Ghibli stuff he's also done great work for other movies like Takeshi Kitano's stuff, etc.
posted by kmz at 10:30 AM on June 29, 2013


He did the score for Departures which is well worth a watch. And every score he's done is worth a listen.

Hisaishi's scores are always the highlight of Ghibli movies for me, and imagining one without the other is impossible.
posted by edeezy at 11:51 AM on June 29, 2013


Is The Sixth Station the piece in Spirited Away played while the train of dark figures travels across the shallow water? That is one of the most moving scenes in film for me. Oh wait, the YouTube video opens with it!
posted by Mei's lost sandal at 11:55 AM on June 29, 2013


Kaze no Torimichi always makes this grown man cry.
posted by Hello, I'm David McGahan at 1:58 PM on June 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


Oh christ

Kimi o Nosete

oh god
posted by Sokka shot first at 2:20 PM on June 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


Thanks for this. I'd forgotten how much I enjoy this music. Now I'm going to make sure I sync it back onto my iPhone for listening more regularly.
posted by spitefulcrow at 6:53 PM on June 29, 2013


The Ponyo song never fails to cheer me up. And it seems like Hiasashi enjoys conducting it too.
posted by Harald74 at 6:11 AM on June 30, 2013


Between the orchestra, the choir, and the marching band, the audience was almost outnumbered.

And even if they weren't outnumbered, they were expertly flanked — as the band maneuvered to surround the audience, fill the aisles, and cut off their means of escape.

Seriously, thanks for posting this. I enjoyed the performance.
posted by rochrobbb at 2:40 PM on July 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


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