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Kitaro

Kitaro's style is the epitome of the contemplative, highly melodic synthesizer music often associated with the new-age movement. Interestingly enough, this famous Japanese composer taught himself to play electric guitar in high school -- inspired by the R&B music of Otis Redding. In the early '70s, Kitaro formed the Far East Family Band, which released two albums of progressive rock. In 1972, however, he met the innovative German synthesist Klaus Schulze during a trip to Europe. Kitaro was hooked. He built his first synthesizer and began experimenting with all kinds of unusual sounds. His first solo album, Astral Voyage, appeared in 1978 and quickly gained a cult following. Two years later, he produced the first of several soundtracks for Silk Road, a Japanese television documentary series that ran for five years. Several albums of music from Silk Road were released to a growing international contingent of fans who admired his combination of lush, majestic textures and gentle, almost naive, melodies. Kitaro, however, was still considered an underground artist in America until he signed with Geffen Records in 1986, which re-released seven of his earlier albums and gave him the support to expand his scope in many ways. For instance, after years of creating albums in the privacy of his home studio near Japan's Mt. Fuji, Kitaro produced his 1987 release, The Light of the Spirit, with the help of Mickey Hart. The album featured an array of American musicians and was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best New-Age Performance category. That same year, Kitaro also made his first live tour of North America and sold two million albums in the U.S. alone. Kitaro's style had changed as well, becoming more theatrical and assertive while retaining a certain level of innocence and purity. His more recent recordings also show a renewed interest in the rock and pop elements that originally attracted him to music in the late '60s; in 1998, he also released the soundtrack to Cirque Ingenieux, a production bound for the Broadway stage. Thinking of You followed a year later; Ancient appeared in spring 2001. It was well received, leading to a sequel of sorts in the like-minded Ancient Journey in 2002. His contributions on the soundtrack to the controversial Chinese drama The Soong Sisters came out the same year, as did a live album and DVD. ~ Linda Kohanov, Rovi
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His music is so inspiring. Nothing else like it!
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Is a ver spiritual music, I love it:-D
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As an afterthought , I went to my first Kitaro concert in October of 1987. Light of the Spirit still remains my favorite after close to 3 decades of loving his music. As an after afterthought , I'm 80 years old.
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Where is Light of the Spirit???
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I have never herd nothing like his style of music
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tamikennedy2 0 0 0
This man is a prophet of music
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We are led and are for
We are for and with
We are two and from with
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nineball039
Kitaro's original version is way better than John Tesh's cover.
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pemtrek2
Kitaro is by far the most brilliant musician and entertainer in the world. HIs music is soothing, calming but most of all it is ALIVE! I got to see Kitaro In concert many years ago in MD. His music filled the theatre with expanding joy & love. A transforming experience to be sure.
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...I wants to stay there forever,
there I'm sad and happy...
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Was introduced by a mentor of Gnosis and learned many things from him Kitaro was one. Light, Peace and Grace be with them.
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mavifigueres 2
His music takes me to a time that almost happened
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Takes me far away from wherever I am.
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His music is so restful!
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pat4vet
My very most favorite musician! His music brings peace and sense to my soul.
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Dreamland
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He is my all time favorite new age artist. His music transports me to another realm
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Serene
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gailafton
Speaks to my soul taking me to a beautiful place
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mizzik39
Love him from the first time I heard his music. Saw him in concert in Boston...AMA Z I N G !
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Won't spoil with inadequate words...simp l y beautiful... .
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Not owning this album, I haven't read the information on it. I did notice the album cover indicates it is by the John Tesh Project so I'm not sure if this particular piece was performed by Kitaro or not. John Tesh is an accomplished pianist in his own right and it could be that he and his orchestra were performing Kitaro's Silk Road. Don't get me wrong, I love Kitaro and have been listening to his work for 30 to 35 years, never grows old. Beautiful music is beautiful music.
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mimi21503
really beautiful
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This is Beautiful!!!
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I knew about kitaro when i married one of the fareast family band members hirohito fukushima..n e v e r divorced but i was young and spoke no japanese...k i t a r o is the master..
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De haroo??????
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I once listened to Kitaro in a small private concert. I put my head back on the soft couch and slipped into a place between time and space.....No t h i n g above or below....... a n d saw northern lights and heard whales sounding. Now I have been there and back. I must still walk on earth....... . . . . . .
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allenrick20
i've been a Kitaro fan since 1987, i heard him on an NPR program called Soundscapes, t h u s opening up my ears to New Age music.. .. if you turn off all your lights in your home/apartme n t , l i g h t a few candles & incense, and play his music, it will take you to an astral plane of wonder and peace .. he's the reason i listen to New Age now .. David & Diane Arkenstone and Yanni are also amazing,as well as any of the Windham Hill and Narada Artists
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That is really cool laket56. If you are familiar with Dianetics you know that the conventional in hospital glaring lights, clatter of insturments and delivery room chatter are recorded by a baby and can produce problems for a person latter in life. I audit that stuff out. Whenever there is pain and unconsciousn e s s you don't want to add dialog to it that can be keyed in latter. Birth with out violence and engrams. Tks
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I went to his concert in 1987 in eugene, OR with my newborn daughter, a very magical experience.I have used his music and other newAge instrumental music for homebirhts in mt Shasta whenas a a homebirth midwife. I used this music during transition for natural birth,it can really helpa woman during the last part of birth and the baby emerges into this world through this kind of magicalmusic .
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Masters of masters simply amazing music
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jjrice.2010
Domo arigato my bukakis
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listen to in school helps me alot
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mike77239 here i just changed to my new profile and the fist station i got on here was Kitaro pure relaxation
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the problems of the world melt away as i get deeper into this music. pure relaxation
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Lovely!
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Whenever I'm stressed and/or need to sleep, I play his stuff and quickly pass out. It's almost scary how effective his stuff is.
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Hey if you are ever stuck in traffic listen to to Kitaro, his music would definitely relaxes you.
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Finally and again some good true artist He is now another favorite Bless you
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First heard him in 2012, been a fan ever since, why did I wait so long to get into meditation
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Follow Kitaro, for he is going to other worlds and other ages, where stress is alien. Kitaro likes travelling companions.
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timeless
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My son introduced me to Kitaro music some years ago.. I love its tranquility and peace.
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Very tranquil and relaxing to my heart, mind and soul........ . . . . . < 3
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lifemanageme n t i n m o t i o n
Kitaro never ceases to travel and live on that other plane of consciousnes s , . . willing to take us with him! he is incredibly generous!
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this is great meditation music
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phillydg275
This lovely sounding music is very serene and tranquil to my heart mind body and soul
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Very nice
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Millennium was one of my favorite CD's in the late '80's, relaxing, calming, soothing.... . . . .
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I JUST ASTRO-PROJEC T E D MYSELF TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD. FRANK VOLPE,f.r.c. COOL
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