Susumu Kazuhara, a composer and trumpeter who was known for lending his talents to various Studio Ghibli films, passed away on May 10 at the age of 74.
Kazuhara worked in multiple productions for film and television, although his work stands out in Mi Vecino Totoro, El Castillo en el Cielo, Porco Rosso, and Kiki: deliveries at home.
The announcement was made on the Twitter account of Kinyo Road Show, the Nippon TV program that is responsible for transmitting different films. Kazuhara interpreted the theme that started this programming block in the eighties and nineties, so the trumpeter became a banner of the program:
『ルパン三世』シリーズや『天空の城ラピュタ』の「ハトと少年」の演奏を担当しました。謹んでご冥福をお祈り致します 。 pic.twitter.com/oTHElNPzmD
— アンク＠金曜ロードショー公式 (@kinro_ntv) May 11, 2021
Susumu Kazuhara was born on September 13, 1946, in Okayama Prefecture. He entered Kunitachi College of Music but dropped out shortly after to play in different bands including Tatsuya Takahashi and Tokyo Union. During his last years, he worked as an instructor teaching his favorite instrument.
His extensive work at Studio Ghibli includes playing the trumpet solo on the song “Hato to Shоonen” (“Pigeons and a Boy”) in Castle in the Sky. The talented musician also performed tracks from Once Piece (“We Are!”) And Mobile Suit Gundam (“Dashing Char”).