Mai Fujisawa

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Background information
Birth nameMai Fujisawa
Born1980 (age 40–41)
Tokyo, Japan
Genres
  • Film score
Occupation(s)
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • lyricist
Years active1984–present
Websitesing-mai.com
Mai Fujisawa
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NationalityJapanese
CitizenshipJapan

Mai Fujisawa born 1980, known professionally as Mai, is a Japanese singer, songwriter, and lyricist. She has released three studio albums and has performed for the soundtracks of several media.

Mai has collaborated on many occasions with her father, Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi, for the soundtracks he wrote for Hayao Miyazaki while working at Studio Ghibli. Mai was featured on the image album for Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, the vocal album for Kiki's Delivery Service, and the soundtrack of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (film). She has also performed on the soundtracks of other media, including the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 and the video game Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch.

Life & career

Mai Fujisawa was born in 1980 in Tokyo[citation needed]. Mai's first recorded musical performance was in 1984 with "Nausicaä's Requiem" from the soundtrack of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (film)[1], when she was four years old. This was a collaboration with her father, Joe Hisaishi, as were her performances of "My Heart" and "The Town Where I Long to Stay" from the vocal album of 1989's Kiki's Delivery Service[2]. In 2008, she collaborated with her father once again to perform "Rondo of the House of Sunflowers" on the Image song album for Ponyo. In 2009, she performed "Stand Alone" on the soundtrack of Saka no Ue no Kumo (TV series) in collaboration with her father. For the soundtrack of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in 2011, Mai performed "Lily's Theme," composed by Alexandre Desplat[3]. She collaborated once more with her father in 2011 on the soundtrack of Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, performing "Pieces of a Broken Heart"[4]. Following this, Mai became a guest singer on the United Nations Singers' Japan tour of 2012; she joined them once again in 2015 for the Seventieth anniversary of the United Nations seventieth anniversary celebrations[5]. In 2016, she worked on the lyrics and vocals for the music of Paper Lanterns, a documentary of the aftermath of the Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki[6]. In 2019, Mai joined her father in Melbourne to perform many of her works and well as other Studio Ghibli classics on stage for the Melody of Japan tour[7].

Additionally, Mai is the goodwill ambassador of Nakano, Nagano. She has composed and performed theme songs for Nakano and Tochigi (city). She is also credited with writing the lyrics for the school song of Sakata Daiichi Junior High in Sakata, Yamagata[8].

Discography

Studio albums

Title[9] Released as Details
Mai (麻衣) Mai
  • Release date: December 15, 2010
  • Label: Victor
  • Format: Compact disc
Nursury Rhyme Songs (童謡うたう) Utaumai (うたうまい)
  • Release date: May 22, 2013
  • Label: Victor
  • Format: Digital streaming[10], compact disc
Raise the Sky (空みあげて) Mai
  • Release date: April 8, 2015
  • Label: Wonder Land Records
  • Format: Compact disc

Singles

Title[11] Details
Restart
  • Release date: March 28, 2020
  • Format: Digital streaming
Days
  • Release date: March 28, 2020
  • Format: Digital streaming
Cocoa, You And My Promise
  • Release date: August 6, 2020
  • Format: Digital streaming

Performances in other media

Song title Title of media Other collaborators Details
"Theme Song"[6] Paper Lanterns Chad Cannon, Kojiro Umezaki
  • Release date: 2016
"Pieces of a Broken Heart" (心のかけら, Kokoro no Kakera)[4] Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Joe Hisaishi
  • Uncredited
  • Release date: November 17, 2011
"Lily's Theme"[3] Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Alexandre Desplat
  • Uncredited
  • Release date: July 4, 2011
"Stand Alone" Saka no Ue no Kumo (TV series) Joe Hisaishi
  • Uncredited
  • Release date: December 18, 2009
"Rondo of the House of Sunflowers" Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea (image album) Joe Hisaishi
  • Release date: March 5, 2008
"The Town Where I Long to Stay" Kiki's Delivery Service (vocal album) Joe Hisaishi, Yumiko-chan
  • Release date: 1989
"My Heart" Kiki's Delivery Service (vocal album) Joe Hisaishi, Azumi Inoue, Yumiko-chan
  • Release date: 1989
"Nausicaä's Requiem"[2] Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (film) Joe Hisaishi
  • Uncredited
  • Release date: 1984

References

  1. "About". Mai Fujisawa. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 McPherson, Angus. "Mai Fujisawa on singing an iconic film moment". Limelight. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wilson, Jake. "Singing the dream worlds of Ghibli". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Kendall, Philip. "From cameos to creepy-crawlies: 15 little-known facts about Studio Ghibli movies". Sora News 24. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  5. "Melody of Japan: Animation, Film and Classics with Mai Fujisawa". Monash University. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Paper Lanterns". Paper Lanterns. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  7. "Info. 2019/11/14-16 「Melody of Japan – Animation, Film and Classics with Mai Fujisawa」麻衣コンサート開催". Hibiki Hajime. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  8. "Mai Fujisawa". Seattle Symphony. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  9. "Discography". Mai Fujisawa. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  10. "うたうまい". Spotify. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  11. "Mai". Spotify. Retrieved February 16, 2021.

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