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Album Review

The 1991 surfing drama A Scene at the Sea was the first pairing of acclaimed filmmaker Takeshi Kitano and composer Joe Hisaishi, a collaboration that later spanned such cult classics as Hana-bi and Kikujiro. Given both men's reputation for quirky action, A Scene at the Sea proves a surprisingly intimate and romantic effort inspired by traditional Japanese music as well as postwar European jazz. Themes like "Cliffside Waltz" and "Bus Stop" boast a gentle atmosphere buoyed by Hisaishi's lithe piano, while the main theme, "Silent Love," employs Oriental percussion and otherworldly vocals to shimmering effect. The climactic "Wave Cruising" best anticipates Hisaishi scores to come via its intense percussion and frenetic melody.


Born: 06 December 1950 in Nakano, Nagano, Japan

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Most celebrated for his alternating touching and dynamic orchestral film scoring with Studio Ghibli animation director Hayao Miyazaki, Joe Hisaishi is a prolific Japanese composer of classical works, film scores, and experimental electronic and animation music. Born Mamoru Fujisawa in Nakano, Japan, Hisaishi began studying the violin at age five and went on to major in music composition at the Kunitachi College of Music. He released his first album in 1981. Titled Mkwaju, it was written for percussion...
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