1 Mar 2020

Joe Hisaishi: Studio Ghibli maestro

From Pick and Mix, 12:00 pm on 1 March 2020

Joe Hisaishi is “The John Williams of Japan”; he's won the Japanese Academy Award for Best Music eight times and wrote the scores for two Academy Award-winning films, Departures (2008) and Spirited Away (2002). Some of his most memorable themes which have been released on an album called Dream Songs: The Essential Joe Hisaishi.


Laura Marling is the first signing for the newly relaunched Chrysalis Records which has announced its releasing new music for the first time in more than two decades. Marling will perform at WOMAD 2020 in Taranaki.

Laura Marling

Laura Marling Photo: Hollie Fernando


John McLaughlin’s 70’s band Shakti which had several Indian musicians including tabla maestro Zakir Hussein is being referenced at New Zealand Festival by Wellington band  Shades of Shakti. Pick and Mix relives the music with Remember Shakti Live in Bombay - where John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussein relive their fusion glory days.


London singer songwriter Bill Fay made two albums in the early 70's that didn't sell and quietly disappeared from the music business. Until one day out of the blue he got a call to say his old albums were being reissued. After some persuasion Bill Fay accepted an invitation to record 40 years after his last session to make the new album Life Is People and it's a beauty. 


Music details:

HISAISHI: Madness, from Porco Rosso - Joe Hisaishi (pno), New Japan Philharmoic World Dream Orchestra, Yasushi Toyoshima (Decca 0803489)
HISAISHI: One Summer's Day, from Spirited Away - Joe Hisaishi (pno), London SO, Roman Simovic (Decca 0803489)
MARLING: Wild Once - Laura Marling (More Alarming MORAMR 001LPX)
MARLING: Next Time - Laura Marling (More Alarming MORAMR 001LPX)
MCLAUGHLIN: Luki - John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, Vikku Selvaganesh (EmArcy 016 578-2)
JAVORI, LAKATOS: Klezmer Suite No 1 - Roby Lakatos Ensemble (Avanti 610242)
LEBEDEFF: Yiddishe Hassene - Roby Lakatos Ensemble (Avanti 610242)
FAY: The Never Ending Happening - Bill Fay (Dead Oceans 136127)
FAY: Big Painter - Bill Fay (Dead Oceans 136127)
HISAISHI: Princess Mononoke Suite - New Japan Philharmonic World Dream Orchestra (Decca 0803489)
FLECK: Bubbles - Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, Detroit SO (eOne KOCCD 2024)