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Kitaro/Kojiki and the Universe Tour 2017

Kojiki and the Universe Live Tour

Kitaro’s new DVD, Kojiki and the Universe is an experiment in merging music with movies of the Universe.

Always the innovator, Kitaro will tour the globe in 2017 beginning with an intimate concert on April 20 in San Rafael, California. International performances will then commence in London, Istanbul, Ankara Turkey, Brasov Romania, Bucharest, Sibiu and Sofia. Simultaneously, the Grammy and Golden Globe winning artist will release two new projects, the tour inspired DVD, Kojiki And The Universe and a new music, Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai Volume 5.

Presenting a totally-unique visual experience, the Live in Concert presentation of “Kojiki and The Universe” merges Kitaro’s Grammy nominated music from the album “Kojiki” with dynamic space-age photographic scenes of the Universe. “Kojiki and The Universe Live” features time- lapse images, expertly intertwined with real-time films provided by and in cooperation with NASA and Kyoto University.

The debut of the Live concert experience in San Rafael will offer exclusive and access to the artists via a KITARO VIP EXPERIENCE which includes Gold Circle seating, an intimate wine and cheese post-concert reception with Kitaro, an autographed tour poster, a Kojiki & The Universe DVD signed by the artist and personally autographed copy of Kitaro’s newest Domo Music CD release, Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai Volume 5.

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Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai Volume 5

Kitaro’s all new music recording, “Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai Volume 5” is to be released on April 21st following on the heels of the multiple Grammy nominated Volumes 1-4.

Having received Grammy nomination for volumes 1-4, Volume 5 is presented by Kitaro’s long- time label, the Domo Music Group. The Ku-Kai series concept arose after the global events on the fateful day of September 11, 2001. Kitaro was traveling on a jet from Japan to Los Angeles when the transcontinental flight was diverted to Hawaii for 5 days due to the tragedy. It was during this time of disbelief and uncertainty that Kitaro envisioned the Ku-Kai series as a means of uniting the world through music embracing his frequently referenced universal message of peace.

The Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai series is an earthly voyage that transports the listener to the eighty-eight sacred temples located on Shikoku Island in Japan, the ancestral home of the beloved Buddhist holy man Ku-kai. The music, which pays homage to the true to life excursion made over 1100 years ago on Shikoku Island endures to this day. Each track on the album revolves around the unique bell sound from the individual temples, using actual sampling and Kitaro’s inspired musical interpretations and distillations of their essences.

The Ku-Kai series is comprised of “Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai Vol. 1” in 2003, “Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai Vol. 2” in 2005, “Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai Vol. 3” in 2007, and “Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai Vol. 4” in 2010.

 

 

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Dream, The Jon Anderson/Kitaro Collaboration (1992)

Studying Kitaro’s discography over the weekend has guided me to the collaborative music project, Dream released in 1992. It was an ideal discovery with a renewed focus on Jon Anderson’s creativity curve plus the affinity I possess for Kitaro’s music these past 40+ years.

Take  some time to dream along with Kitaro and Jon Anderson by giving a listen to their musical effort.

Two giants in contemporary music have joined forces to create one of the most awe-inspiring albums of the ’90s. Kitaro has taken his signature style into a new dimension of orchestral drama with three tracks featuring the breathtaking vocals of Jon Anderson, from Yes. Anderson, a longtime Kitaro fan, showed up on Kitaro’s Japanese mountaintop and hung out for a month. Their ensuing “marriage” of vocals and music is the result. Kitaro composed the music while Anderson wrote the lyrics. The songs revolve around the eternal theme of love, as in the transcendental romanticism of “Lady of Dreams” and the ecstasy of spiritual liberation in “Agreement”….This is a special album full of soaring emotion and spiritual upliftment. – Source: All Music

Kitaro – Tenku Remastered

Marking the 30th anniversary of its début, this reissue of Kitaro’s critically acclaimed album “Tenku” has been newly remastered from the original source tapes.

“Tenku”, which translated means “Heavenly Sky”, refers to time spent at his 200-year-old farmhouse in the Japanese Alps, where the album was recorded. Drawing inspiration and his impressions of nature at that time, Kitaro remarked, “Through communicating with nature, I wish to always make music that reflects the warmth that we should have as humans.”

The album became a defining moment in Kitaro’s career, which soon afterwards became his first conceptual album that introduced him to an international audience.

For what is certainly an otherworldly experience; Tenku is a collection of dreamy compositions full of soft Japanese melodies with a hint of melancholy. Kitaro’s immaculate synthesizer technique produces a nuanced yet bold atmosphere that is truly one of a kind.

Track List
01.  Tenku
02.  Romance
03.  Wings
04.  Aura
05.  Message From The Cosmos
06.  Time Traveller
07.  Legend Of The Road
08.  Milky Way

Whales Alive – Paul Winter


The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to welcome special guests Paul Winter and Dr. Roger Payne for a legendary one-night concert on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 7 P.M. at the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street.

Paul Winter is a saxophonist and composer, and seven-time Grammy winner. Dr. Roger Payne is the biologist famous for the discovery of humpback whale songs in the 1960s, and an environmentalist who has played a major role in the worldwide campaign to end commercial whaling. The two have collaborated for decades in creating music inspired by the whales, interweaving these extraordinary voices into the fabric of the music.

This special “Whales Alive” concert features music based on themes from the songs of the whales, interwoven with the whales’ voices. It will include the finale from the Winter/Payne album Whales Alive, featuring Payne’s poem “The Voyage Home,” narrated by Leonard Nimoy. Dr. Payne will tell of his adventures recording whales since the mid-20th century, and also speak about the ongoing challenges whales still face, as well as pollution in the world’s oceans.

“In the past, whales were valued as a commercial product on Nantucket,” says Paul Winter. “It will be a privilege to come here now and celebrate the beauty of living whales and their iconic voices in the present day.”

As described by Winter and Payne in the “Whales Alive” album liner notes, “Whale songs, in this short while since they have come into our culture, have touched the hearts of a human audience so large that whale-watching is now a bigger business than whale-killing. We have come to value their living beauty more than their dead bodies. They have helped us mature, and to acquire humility, as our consciousness has grown from “Save the Whales” to “Saved by the Whale.” ‘Whales Alive’ is a celebration of optimism, and our song of gratitude to whales for the beauty and wisdom they have brought into our lives.”

Paul Winter’s musical odyssey has long embraced the traditions of the world’s cultures, as well as the wildlife voices of what he refers to as “the greater symphony of the Earth.” From the early days of his college jazz sextet, which toured Latin America for the State Department and performed the first-ever jazz concert at the White House for the Kennedys in 1962, to his later ensemble, the Paul Winter Consort, his concert tours and recording expeditions have taken him to 52 countries and to wilderness areas on six continents, where he has traveled on rafts, dog sleds, mules, kayaks, tug-boats and Land Rovers.

 

Winter has recorded 45 albums, of which 7 have been honored with Grammy® Awards. Since 1980, Paul and his Consort have been artists-in-residence at New York’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, where they have presented over 200 unique events, including their famed annual Winter Solstice and Summer Solstice Celebrations. Paul’s current project is “Flyways: A Celebration of the Great Bird Migration from Africa through the Middle East to Eurasia” which will incorporate indigenous music of each of the sixteen countries over which the birds fly, interwoven with the voices of the birds.

Dr. Roger Payne is best known for his studies of whales in the wild. He has an AB from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Cornell. He is best known for his co-discovery (with Scott McVay) that humpback whales actually sing songs. His 1971 article in National Geographic magazine included a playable recording of whale songs.
Payne has led over 100 expeditions to all oceans and studied every species of large whale in the wild. He pioneered many of the benign research techniques now used throughout the world to study free-swimming whales, and he has trained many of the current leaders in whale research, both in the US and abroad. Payne has lectured at most major U.K. and U.S. universities, and from 1971-1990 appeared on most major TV and radio talk shows, as well as being the subject of more than 40 television films. Payne was also featured in the 2015 Jane and Payne, exploring his friendship with Jane Goodall.
This concert is being presented with the generous support of the Hall-Froelich Foundation.
Admission to this incredible evening is only $10 per person for the performance, with limited $50 tickets available for the performance and a reception immediately following. All tickets are on sale now at www.nha.org/tickets.

Doors open at 6:30 P.M., with the concert beginning promptly at 7 P.M.

For more information, visit www.nha.org or call (508) 228-1894.

Symphony Live In Istanbul – Kitaro

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I have been fortunate to experience rock music artists performing with a full symphony on stage with them. The collaboration of strings, brass, woodwinds and tympani set against rock has been extraordinary. The two concert moments that transfigured the music of our heart were Yes in 2001 (captured on DVD as Yes Symphonic Live) and Jeff Beck in 2010 performing with a symphony group, Nessun Dorma by Puccini, it is an aria from the opera Turandot.

Which leads me to Kitaro, who I have yet to see live in concert. Kitaro is #1 on my list of must see concerts. I’m beginning to think I will have to travel elsewhere in the world to see him perform but I am perfectly willing to do so, 🙂

Kitaro’s latest recording (which I pre ordered autographed today!) is Symphony Live In Istanbul. 

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Recorded Live at the Halic Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey over two evenings in March of 2014, Grammy and Golden Globe winning artist Kitaro’s “Symphony Live In Istanbul” is breathtaking. The album features new musical material while also including eight of the acclaimed artist’s most requested and popular compositions.

This amazing performance marks Kitaro’s first-ever recording for the Domo Music Group balancing the artists trademark signature sound and expanding it to new heights with the addition of a full live symphony orchestra.

Kitaro noted “In 1980, I began composing and producing music about the passageway and excursions of the Silk Road.  This past spring, I embarked upon my first Symphonic Tour that reached Russia, Eastern and Central Europe and had the distinct pleasure of performing in Istanbul; a place where from ancient times to modern times, has flourished as an important hub of the Silk Road where Europe and Asia meet.”

 

Mandala

I stare endlessly at the overlapping concentric circles that form a Mandala. I find myself happily lost in the essence of its design.

I am taken with the Mandalas created by Paul Heussenstamm.

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I listen to the title track of Mandala by Kitaro.

Namaste

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Kitaro’s 23rd Studio Album, “Final Call”

I am a long time fan of Kitaro, the foundation architect of new age music. I value the spirituality gained through his musical intonations. He effectively translates the true message of peace by communicating directly with the soul of our being.  He has taught me to respect our environment by forging us as one with our surroundings.

Kitaro is at the top of my list of artists that I wish to experience live. I yearn for the day I am sitting in his midst absorbing the magic of his resonant sound.

Domo Records, Kitaro’s record label has announced that he will be releasing his 23rd studio album, Final Call on September 10th. This album is a voyage of introspection specifically concerned about how we treat our planet. It’s Kitaro’s assertion that the planet itself is crying out and warning us about potential serious consequences if we don’t address these global issues in a timely fashion.

I have always felt we all must respect the providence of the Universe.  Unfortunately, through the course of time and the growth of civilization, many living creatures that we now know will become extinct. If we don’t alter how we treat each other and our planet Earth, many habitats and portions of this earth may become devastated and eventually disappear.

After meeting Professor Shibata, at Kazan Observatory at Kyoto University, nature photographer Mr Toshio Ushiyama and the staff at Nagoya Science Museum, I had an epiphany of sorts. I began to recall the greatness of constellations, our solar system, galactic systems, the macrocosms that they create and the beauty of our planet Earth.

As in the story of Noah’s Ark, this album is the story of an epic voyage.  A voyage of hope that all living creatures can someday live happily in harmony with each other.

The story begins from where we board for departure.

Bon Voyage,

Kitaro

 

 

Kaleidoscope Art – Music By Kitaro

Offer yourself solemnity during this frantic holiday season. My thanks to the Domo Music Group and Kitaro, Namaste’

1) Kaleidoscope Art – Music by Kitaro “Impressions Of The West Lake” (HD Quality)
万華鏡アート 喜多郎 インプレッションズ・オブ・ザ・ウェスト・レイク (高画質)
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/impression-of-the-west-lake/id307430626

2) Kaleidoscope Art – Music by Kitaro “Oasis” (HD Quality)
万華鏡アート 喜多郎 オアシス (高画質)
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/kitaro-best-ten-years-1976/id159667527

3) Kaleidoscope Art – Music by Kitaro “Oasis” (HD Quality) Version. 2
万華鏡アート 喜多郎 オアシス (高画質)バージョン2

Kitaro Official Website
http://domomusicgroup.com/kitaro/index.php

喜多郎オフィシャルサイト
http://www.diaa.net/kitaro/index.php

Kitaro – Mizu Ni Inori Te

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Information Source for this blog post is the Domo Music Group News Blog (see Domocast.tv link below).

Used with kind permission for sharing with music listeners the express information about the latest digital Kitaro import available on iTunes, Mizu Ni Inori Te. (Originally released in 2002 in Japan).

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Track List
1. Mizu ni Inori Te *unreleased
2. The Light of the Spirit
3. Stream
4. Shizuku no Mai *unreleased
5. Nagare no Naka de
6. Voice of the Wind *unreleased
7. Theme from Silk Road

About Mizu Ni Inori Te

Japanese nationwide TV featured Kitaro for their famous documentary series about professionals from various different fields. In the TV program, Kitaro had explored Nagara-gawa (one of the biggest rivers in Japan) from its source to both “Pacific Ocean” and “Sea Of Japan” and built his images to create songs which were played in the program. After the on-air, they were flooded with inquiries about songs. This led them to produce the album including 3 unreleased songs. Kitaro shows the appreciation for nature by expressing both magnificent flow and dynamism of nature as it is.

Kitaro:
We have the eternal circulation of nature since the Mother earth was born. Rain falls in the mountain and the river flows to the ocean, where ocean water evaporates and goes back to the mountains. We live in the world of circulation. We need a better understanding of not taking for granted of Mother Nature’s gift to us.