15 17 Oct '24

Eiko Ishibashi

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Function: Composer WSAcademy: WSA Voting Member
Eiko Ishibashi is a Japanese multi-instrumentalist whose work has ranged from acclaimed singer-songwriter albums to scores for film, television, theater and exhibitions to improvised music. She has collaborated with international artists such as JIm O’Rourke,Oren Ambarchi,Keiji Haino, Charlemagne Palestine, Merzbow, and many others.
Her own records have been released by Drag City, Black Truffle, and Editions Mego, amongst others.
The album "The Dream My Bones Dream" was released in 2018 on CD in Japan and LP overseas, and was featured on the cover of the British music magazine WIRE, as well as being selected as one of the best albums by various magazines.

She branched out into film composing in 2016, creating the score for the film "Albino's Tree" directed by Masakazu Kaneko, which won the Best Music Award at the Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Awards.
In 2019, she composed the music for the anime "Mugen no Juunin – IMMORTAL -“.

In 2020, she was commissioned to create music for art and photography exhibitions, such as The Art Gallery of New South Wales’ "Japan Supernatural" exhibition at Sydney, and the “Memory of Future” exhibition at Mandako coal mine in Kumamoto, Japan.

Amongst her film scores is Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s 2021 Academy Award winning film "Drive My Car” for which she won the “Discovery of the Year” award at The World Soundtrack Awards and Best Composer award at the Asian Film Awards and Best Music Award Osaka film festival.

She made score for the Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s New Film “Evil Does Not Exist” which has won the Silver Lion Grand Jury Prize at the 80th Venice International Film Festival and Best Film at London Film Festival.She is performing with the “GIFT” directed by Ryusuke Hamaguchi in Japan and Overseas.
EVIL DOES NOT EXIST" is a sound version of the film "GIFT" which she originally commissioned from Hamaguchi for a live performance. She premiered "GIFT" in Ghent, Belgium in November 2023.


  • Discovery of the Year 2022: Eiko Ishibashi (Drive My Car)

Eiko Ishibashi at FFG

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