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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Symphony Live In Istanbul

1. Heaven & Earth

2. Thinking Of You

3. Orochi

4. Silk Road

5. Kokoro (Part II)

6. Mercury

7. Reimei

8. Matsuri

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Track List: Final Call

1. Final Call

2. Jupiter's Beam

3. Yo-En

4. Shadow Of The Moon

5. Traveler

6. Valley Of The Spirit

7. After Glow

8. Wind From The Desert

9. Moment Circle

10. Whispering Shore

11. Solar Eclipse

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Track List: Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai 4

1. Lotus Mountain

2. Yakushi

3. Magic Seeds

4. Reflection Of Water

5. South Wind

6. Circle Pray

7. Requiem

8. Ritual Winds

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Track List: Impressions Of The West Lake

1. Inmost Feeling Ripples

2. Aria Di West Lake

3. Fish Dive In The Lake

4. Moon On The Lake

5. Impressions Of The West Lake

6. Zen

7. Lotus

8. Reflection Of The Moon

9. Romance

10. Spirit Of The West Lake

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Track List: Best Of Kitaro, Volume 2

1. Theme From Silk Road

2. Tenku

3. The Field

4. Koi

5. Cosmic Love

6. Dance Of Sarasvati

7. The Bottom Of The Sky

8. Gaia

9. Heaven & Earth

10. Lady Of Dreams

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Track List: Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai Vol. 3

1. Sky And Ocean

2. Crystal Winds

3. After The Rain

4. Sacred Fountain

5. Winds Blow Over The Hill

6. Into The Forest

7. Voice In Blue

8. Circle Dance

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Track List: Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai Volume 2

1. Shining Spirit Of Water

2. As The Wind Blows

3. Koki

4. Kan-non

5. Whispering Earth

6. Inner Lights

7. Dancing Flower

8. Floating Lotus

9. Peaceful Valley

10. Crystal Field

11. Ritual Waves

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Track List: Spiritual Garden

1. Gentle Forest

2. The Stone And The Green World

3. Sunlight Dancing

4. Moon Flower

5. Wind And Water

6. Moon Shadow

7. Love For Elka

8. Hydrosphere

9. Quasar

10. White Night

11. Spiritual Garden

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Track List: The Definitive Collection

1. Planet

2. Kuu

3. Wave Of Sand

4. Mercury

5. Field

6. Caravansary

7. Floating Lotus

8. Spirit Of Harp

9. Oasis

10. Nageki

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It's my coffee my gazebo and I with KITARO and absorb what our father God has given us and the beauty of nature is. ��⚔����
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Always relaxing and meditating.
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Different but relaxing.
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Sweet and soul relaxing
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Serene
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Skilk Road beautiful song.
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Kitaro this guy is incredibly energetic talented nd passionate of his music thank you for sharing your experience thoughts nd passion for music
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elijahkrater
I love wave of sand so much!!
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Since I had the experience of seeing & listening to K ITARO in concert, I was so enthused with the music, & how talented he is with the instruments. JUST LOVED IT !
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MAGNIFICENT! ! Robert
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Love your song Silk Road my favorite!
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Journey in your mind
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Astral Voyage was one of the first new age albums that I had back in the early 80s and I nearly wore out the cassette falling asleep to the soaring title track. That is still my favorite of the Kitaro albums and the one that I feel has the most depth.
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The Walking Dead ��
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eliannevalad e z
I remember my first meditation, kitaros oasis was playing...fr o m that moment I loved his transcendent a l music.
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Some 37 years ago when i was 10years of age i listened to my mothers Kitaro album. I liked him then and i like him now. When i listen i feel safe and warm inside.. i will pass this knowledge onto my children's children. ....
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Had the privilege to see him in concert and then speak to him in a after concert space he is very humble and kind. His music is cosmic!!




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Amazing, and soothing!
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I've listened to Kitaro's music for over 30 years and am still not tired of it! It soothes my mind, heart, and soul!
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Just heard his music for the first time today T.T I love it.
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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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