Studio Ghibli is re-releasing the soundtracks to some of their most beloved animated films, while also making them available on vinyl for the first time ever. Pitchfork reports that the legendary Japanese animation studio will release vinyl albums for 1984's "Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind," 1986's "Castle in the Sky," and 1988's "My Neighbor Totoro." The news comes as fans can get tickets to see composer Joe Hisaishi live through AXS.
Hisaishi composed the music for all three movies. "Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind" was Hisaishi's first collaboration with filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, and the film that led to the foundation of Studio Ghibli. "Castle in the Sky" was the studio's first official release, and "My Neighbor Totoro" followed two years later. All three films have been critically acclaimed, with Hisaishi's score for "Nausicaa" being praised as one of the best aspects of the movie.
You can watch Hisaishi conduct a live performance of "Tonari no Totoro" from "My Neighbor Totoro" by playing the video above.
Hisaishi has won the Japanese Academy Award for Best Music Score seven times. He was also awarded a Medal of Honor by the Japanese government in 2009. Now music fans will get an opportunity to rediscover some of his earliest and most acclaimed works, in a brand new format. And if that's not exciting enough, there's also an opportunity to hear him live this fall through AXS.
"Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concert: Music From The Studio Ghibli Films of Hayao Miyazaki" highlights Hisaishi's work with Miyazaki, including "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind," "Castle in the Sky" and "My Neighbor Totoro," at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California on Friday, Sept. 21. Tickets are on sale now through the AXS event page and range from $85.50 to $285.50. Meet and greet packages and VIP packages are also available. For more upcoming events at Microsoft Theater, visit the AXS venue page.
Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy the music of one of anime's best-known composers, whether it's hearing his classic recordings on vinyl or hearing a wide variety of his work live and in person. If you're an anime fan, a world music fan, or a soundtrack fan, Joe Hisaishi's music cannot be missed. Click the links above to get your tickets now through AXS.
For more on Joe Hisaishi, visit his profile on IMDB.