Ghibli Music News: Wind Rises Soundtrack Review Published, When Marnie Was There Gets English Theme Song

Wind Rises Anime Movie

Wind Rises Soundtrack Review

We’ve recently reviewed The Wind Rises soundtrack which features Joe Hisaishi‘s compositions for Hayao Miyazaki’s final anime film about Japan’s aircraft pioneer, Jiro Horikoshi. As we’ve noted in the review, much of Hisaishi’s music is firmly focused on Jiro’s journey, starting from his time as a little boy with a love for airplanes, to his life as an engineer, designing aircraft like the Mitsubishi A6M Zero which would be used in World War II.

One thing that stands out is just how beautiful Hisaishi’s music is. There are times where he’ll create the lightness that comes with flying airplanes. In other times, he’ll weave musical flourishes that capture the grandiosity of Jiro’s vision. Finally, the tragic relationship between Jiro and his wife Naoko materializes through many of the melancholy pieces on the Wind Rises Soundtrack. So give our review a read and let us know whether you think this is an excellent way to see out the collaboration between Joe Hisaishi and Hayao Miyazaki.

Priscilla Ahn Marnie Ghibli

Ghibli Film When Marnie Was There‘s Priscilla Ahn Theme Song

Studio Ghibli announced that they would be working on a new movie titled When Marnie Was There, an adaptation of a novel by Joan Robinson which features 2 female leads, Anna and Marnie. When this announcement came, people wondered who would be chosen to perform the theme song and that honor goes to American artist Priscilla Ahn, who will perform “Fine on the Outside,” a song she wrote when she was in high school.

The choice of Priscilla Ahn’s music is a bit of a surprise since the song will be entirely in English. However odd this may be, it isn’t without precedent. When Studio Ghibli released Whisper of the Heart, they used Olivia Newton-John’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” albeit with both English and Japanese lyrics. Many of the pieces used in The Secret World of Arrietty also featured English-language lyrics written by Cecile Corbel.

Given the grand tradition of Ghibli theme songs, however, we are very much looking forward to what Priscilla Ahn delivers upon and how well it’ll mesh with the movie itself.

Eminence Symphony Orchestra SMASH! 2011 Concert to Feature Animated Work

The Eminence Symphony Orchestra, in the grand tradition of such performances A Night in Fantasia once again have another concert in the works in Australia.

On July 16, 2011, Eminence presents Memories of Fantasia in conjunction with the Sydney Manga and Anime Show (SMASH!), a concert which will feature musical works sourced from Square-Enix video games and Studio Ghibli anime. On top of that, Eminence will also present Last Goodbye, which is a short musical animated work and will debut at SMASH! 2011. Artists expected to be present include Hiroki Kikuta, Kenji Ito, and Mari Yoshida along with the Eminence ensemble.

For those looking to attend the concert, tickets can be purchased here: http://tickets.smash.org.au/

Ghibli Movie, Only Yesterday, Gets Stage Adaptation

Starting at Tokyo’s Ginga Gekijō theater, the Studio Ghibli film, Only Yesterday, will premiere as a stage musical starting April 16, 2011 and continuing until April 29, 2011. The stage adaptation will star Hikaru Asami as Taeko during the musical’s Tokyo run, with Keaki Mori playing Taeko’s mother. Tamiya Kuriyama will be behind the director’s chair, and Masato Kai is in charge of the musical’s soundtrack.

There are additional plans to take it out of Tokyo, with a performance in Semboku City before embarking upon a national tour April of 2012.

Source: Oricon via AnimeNewsNetwork

Azumi Inoue Releases Collection of Ghibli Songs

Azumi Inoue, best known for singing the ending songs to a variety of Studio Ghibli movies such as “Carrying You” from Laputa: Castle in the Sky and “My Neighbor Totoro,” the theme song to the anime of the same name, has released a vocal album that focuses entirely on songs from Ghibli’s movies. The album, titled Ghibli Meikyoku Selection~Dear Ghibli, includes the work she’s done as well as covers of other artists’ works such as Fujimaki Fujioka and Nozomi Ohashi’s duet in Ponyo’s ending theme song and Youmi Kimura’s “Itsumo Nandodemo” from Spirited Away.

Samples have been listed on the album page at HearJapan for those interested in seeing what she has to offer.

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