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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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Takes me far away from wherever I am.
His music is so restful!
pat4vet
My very most favorite musician! His music brings peace and sense to my soul.
He is my all time favorite new age artist. His music transports me to another realm
Serene
gailafton
Speaks to my soul taking me to a beautiful place
mizzik39
Love him from the first time I heard his music. Saw him in concert in Boston...AMA Z I N G !
Won't spoil with inadequate words...simp l y beautiful... .
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.
mimi21503
really beautiful
This is Beautiful!!!
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..
De haroo??????
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....... . . . . . .
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
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
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 .
Masters of masters simply amazing music
jjrice.2010
Domo arigato my bukakis
listen to in school helps me alot
mike77239 here i just changed to my new profile and the fist station i got on here was Kitaro pure relaxation
the problems of the world melt away as i get deeper into this music. pure relaxation
Lovely!
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.
Hey if you are ever stuck in traffic listen to to Kitaro, his music would definitely relaxes you.
Finally and again some good true artist He is now another favorite Bless you
First heard him in 2012, been a fan ever since, why did I wait so long to get into meditation
Follow Kitaro, for he is going to other worlds and other ages, where stress is alien. Kitaro likes travelling companions.
timeless
My son introduced me to Kitaro music some years ago.. I love its tranquility and peace.
Very tranquil and relaxing to my heart, mind and soul........ . . . . . < 3
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!
this is great meditation music
phillydg275
This lovely sounding music is very serene and tranquil to my heart mind body and soul
Very nice
Millennium was one of my favorite CD's in the late '80's, relaxing, calming, soothing.... . . . .
I JUST ASTRO-PROJEC T E D MYSELF TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD. FRANK VOLPE,f.r.c. COOL
I love kitaros song wind and water
everything Kitaro's music is amazing, he is such an amazing artist.
with this song I stared to listen his music and I just to use a lot for meditation. Con esta melodia empeze a escucharlo, luego la usaba mucho para la meditacion.
The music of Silk Road is wt true love sounds like. So relaxing and southing. Thank you Sir for your bautifl music..
georgec6
The first Kitaro album I heard was KI and it is still amoung my favorites. I saw him 3 times at the Boston Opera House starting the late 80's.. After the first concert I was in an altered state. I never have felt so peaceful since. Wow!
nscorre7
How I wish I can watch one of your concert in San Jose, California.
nscorre7
I just heard your music and you inspired me. You are a blessing to us! Thank you so much.
I saw Kitaro in concert, and his energy is stunning. He referred to everyone in his band as his children. He was so humble yet so fierce during some his songs from Mandala.
I have to say that I wish Pandora would make more of Kataro's albums and works available via its service! They are missing so many wonderful albums and pieces. Specifically , I would love to see Pandora pick up Kitaro: 10 Years, Into the West and Kojiki (as well as all of the rest of his compositions and compilations ) . One can just never have too much Kitaro.
Kitaro is one of my all time favorite composers and musicians. His music is evocative, affecting and often ethereal; one of the best artists to listen to in order to destress, relax the mind and heal the psyche. If I was ever to be stranded on a desert island, Kitaro is one of the artists I would want to have on a device with a solar charger!
molo26
Kitaro is the best I love your style and all the compositions .it keep me in peace.calm and relax ready to go the. Meditation
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest friday by the love of youre life. tommorow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so don't stop. this is so scary put this in at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually work
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