Is Tenmon with him?
I respect Shinkai for his artwork, but to be honest the bloke couldn't draw faces for shit back when he was making VoaDS and he did kind of regurgitate the same themes from that into 5cm/s. Plus he dresses like a middle aged woman.
Tenmon on the other hand, is definitely my favourite anime composer - not by a mile, Yoko Kanno's right behind him, but it gets pretty sparse beyond her. I'd want to shake his hand if I met him.