The official Twitter account for the Kinyō Road Show movie programming block has announced that Susumu Kazuhara, a musician whose signature trumpet-playing can be heard in Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, and many films and television series, passed away. He was 74 years old at the time of his passing.
Kazuhara was born in Okayama prefecture on September 13, 1946, and he attended the Kunitachi College of Music. After dropping out, he became a freelance performer for four bands including Tatsuya Takahashi and the Tokyo Union. During his long career, he was often credited under the name Shin Kazuhara. During his later years, he worked as an instructor.
Kazuhara performed the trumpet solo (as played onscreen by the male lead Pazu) in the song “Pigeons and a Boy” for Hayao Miyazaki’s Laputa: Castle in the Sky film. He has also performed in other works by Studio Ghibli and composer Joe Hisaishi such as My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Porco Rosso.
He also worked on every Lupin III television series and film, the “We Are!” theme song for One Piece, the “Dashing Char” solo in Mobile Suit Gundam, and the “Samba de Loves You” song in Sound! Euphonium The Movie – Our Promise: A Brand New Day. He collaborated with artists such as Yumi Matsutoya, Anri, SMAP, and SPEED.