Kitaro

Masanori Takahashi better known as Kitarō, (February 4, 1953) is a Grammy award-winning Japanese musician, composer and multi-instrumentalist. In the early 1970s, he changed completely to keyboards. He joined the band "Far East Family Band" and toured with them around the world. In Europe, he met the German synthesizer musician and former Tangerine Dream member Klaus Schulze. Schulze produced two albums for the band and gave Kitaro some tips for the use of synthesizers. In 1976 he left the band and travelled through Asia. Back in Japan, Kitaro started his solo career in 1977. The first two albums Ten Kai and From the Full Moon Story became cult favorites of fans of the nascent New Age movement.
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Kitaro - Kojiki

Artist: Kitaro
P: 1990
Kitaro crafts this musical journey from the ancient chronicle (Kojiki) that recounts the birth of Japan and it’s people. Featuring the string section from the Skywalker Symphony, along with Kitaro’s signature keyboard and flute sounds, the score to this thematic backdrop is full of passion and beauty that is masterfully conceived, arranged and performed.
We learn from the liner notes of this 1990 release that Kojiki, is from the story of the same name familiar to Japanese school children, an ancient account of the creation of Japan. It is a mythical tale that provides a fitting thematic backdrop for the swelling symphonic flourishes that Kitaro uses liberally on this recording. Accompanied by a pop-rock ensemble, violinist Steve Kindler, and the string section from George Lucas's Skywalker Symphony Orchestra, Kitaro arranges a cinematic mix of drama and mystery that brings to mind the symphonic, crescendo-heavy side of John Tesh--appropriate for a fable that involves cataclysms, a hero's quest, a fair maiden, and a battle with an eight-headed dragon. Kitaro's keyboards and flutes are sometimes submerged in the mix, perhaps lost in the Celestial Rock Cave or swept away under the Bridge of Rainbows, but the intended attraction here is the widescreen flash and pop-orchestral dash generated by more than two-dozen pop and classical musicians. Overall, it may be a bit heavy-handed for New Age fans and a touch too pretty for progressive fans. The most effective piece is the disc's concluding work,"Reimei," a sweetly stirring, bell-chiming anthem. Overwrought to some, a masterpiece to others.

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Kitaro - Kojiki (Super Audio CD)

Artist: Kitaro
P: 1990 / 2007
This is the SACD version.
Kitaro crafts this musical journey from the ancient chronicle (Kojiki) that recounts the birth of Japan and it’s people. Featuring the string section from the Skywalker Symphony, along with Kitaro’s signature keyboard and flute sounds, the score to this thematic backdrop is full of passion and beauty that is masterfully conceived, arranged and performed.
We learn from the liner notes of this 1990 release that Kojiki, is from the story of the same name familiar to Japanese school children, an ancient account of the creation of Japan. It is a mythical tale that provides a fitting thematic backdrop for the swelling symphonic flourishes that Kitaro uses liberally on this recording. Accompanied by a pop-rock ensemble, violinist Steve Kindler, and the string section from George Lucas's Skywalker Symphony Orchestra, Kitaro arranges a cinematic mix of drama and mystery that brings to mind the symphonic, crescendo-heavy side of John Tesh--appropriate for a fable that involves cataclysms, a hero's quest, a fair maiden, and a battle with an eight-headed dragon. Kitaro's keyboards and flutes are sometimes submerged in the mix, perhaps lost in the Celestial Rock Cave or swept away under the Bridge of Rainbows, but the intended attraction here is the widescreen flash and pop-orchestral dash generated by more than two-dozen pop and classical musicians. Overall, it may be a bit heavy-handed for New Age fans and a touch too pretty for progressive fans. The most effective piece is the disc's concluding work,"Reimei," a sweetly stirring, bell-chiming anthem. Overwrought to some, a masterpiece to others.

18,90 EUR
 
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Kitaro - Kojiki and the Universe DVD

Artist: Kitaro
P: 2017

Presenting a totally unique visual experience, the video presentation of “Kojiki and The Universe” merges Kitaro’s Grammy nominated music from the album “Kojiki" with space-age photographic scenes of the Universe. "Kojiki and The Universe" features time-lapse images, expertly intertwined with real-time films provided by and in cooperation with NASA and Kyoto University. Created by Kitaro in collaboration with Astronomy Professor Kazunari Shibata, the entire production was developed using modern film editing techniques, as well as state-of-the-art hardware and software. In Japanese mythology, Kojiki is a story closely related to evolution of the universe. It describes the origin of Heaven, Earth and the creation of the Gods. Utilizing Kitaro’s “Kojiki" score as the soundtrack, “Kojiki and The Universe” is a chronicle of astronomical research as well as a beautiful introduction to modern astronomy for everyone.

Region: All Region

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Kitaro - Kojiki: A Story in Concert DVD

Artist: Kitaro
P: 1999
His World Tour, recorded live, is even more forceful, intimate and direct than studio incarnations. Kojiki: A Story in Concert, translated as "The Record of Ancient Matters", is a compilation of traditional Japanese lore that was recited orally from generation to generation until the 8th century. Whether on the eerie "Hajimari", the lyrical "Sozo", the sorrowful "Koi", the haunting melancholy of "Nageki", or "Reimei", with its electric guitar jam session, Kitaro's music has never been sharper or more spirited.

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Kitaro - Let Mother Earth Speak

Artist: Kitaro
P: 2012
World-renowned Native American activist Dennis Banks and Grammy winner artist Kitaro collaborate for a message of peace on this spoken word album. The project contains a message of international peace intertwined with stories and life lessons from Dennis, accompanied by Kitaro s musical sensitivity and prowess. The unique mix of Kitaro s music with Native instruments, along with Banks insight, makes Let Mother Earth Speak one of the most unique musical and spoken word-driven projects of this or any year. It s a journey we all should take and a message to which we all should carefully listen.

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Kitaro - Live in America

Artist: Kitaro
P: 1991
This is a concert recording of his first US concert.

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Kitaro - Live in Asia

Artist: Kitaro
P: 1984
This is a live recording from his best songs till 1984.

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Kitaro - Live!  3 DVD Set

Artist: Kitaro
P: 2015
This stunning DVD box set features three critically acclaimed concert performances by Golden Globe® and Grammy®-winning music icon Kitaro!

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Kitaro - Mandala

Artist: Kitaro
P: 1994
Mandala is a journey that invites one on an adventure of the spirit and imagination. With the intensity of ‘Kokoro’ to the elegantly gentle ‘Planet’, Kitaro’s manages to intertwine many diverse elements in a tightly interwoven scheme that will delight the senses and move one to an appreciation of the extraordinary.

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Kitaro - Mizu Ni Inorite

Artist: Kitaro
P: 2004
"Mizu Ni Inori Te" is an album which collects tracks used for the Japanese TV show from the NHK network.
There are 3 new (read "previously unreleased, made especially for this album") tracks on this CD (tracks 1,4,5), and the title track alone makes this a worthwhile purchase: very reminiscent of the "Oasis" and "Silver Cloud" era, rich keyboard textures, soothing melody, a very healing track.
Only available as Japan import.

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Kitaro - NHK Shikoku 88 Temples

Artist: Kitaro
P: 1999
A Best of CD with tracks that had been played on japanese TV.

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Kitaro - Oasis

Artist: Kitaro
P: 1979 / 1982
Still one of his best releases so far. This album was way ahead at its time of release back in 1979. Here Kitaro wanted to produce something new and the sounds and the melodies are really dramatic.

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Kitaro - Oasis

Artist: Kitaro
P: 1979 / 1983
Still one of his best releases so far. This album was way ahead at its time of release back in 1979. Here Kitaro wanted to produce something new and the sounds and the melodies are really dramatic.

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Kitaro - Peace on Earth

Artist: Kitaro
P: 1996
Peace on Earth is the first holiday album by Kitaro and takes long time holiday favorites and orchestrates them with ethereal overtones, spiritual subtleties and bursts of theatrical effects. Also included is an original Christmas composition composed by Kitaro. Peace on Earth is an atmospheric and intriguing holiday album that merges the finest of Eastern and Western culture instilling harmony and peaceful co-existence through melodies of passion and drama.

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Kitaro - Peace on Earth DVD

Artist: Kitaro
P: 1996 / 2001
Peace on Earth is the first holiday album by Kitaro and takes long time holiday favorites and orchestrates them with ethereal overtones, spiritual subtleties and bursts of theatrical effects. Also included is an original Christmas composition composed by Kitaro. Peace on Earth is an atmospheric and intriguing holiday album that merges the finest of Eastern and Western culture instilling harmony and peaceful co-existence through melodies of passion and drama. DVD with evocative nature imagery.

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Kitaro - Quintessential  (CD + DVD)

Artist: Kitaro
P: 2013
Los Angeles, CA – For over 40 years and throughout his musical career, Kitaro has been a truly groundbreaking artist known for his amazing live performances and music that blurs the lines between many musical genres including classical, jazz, rock, new age and world music.
His tireless dedication to his craft and ability to repeatedly produce an astronomical body of work in terms of numbers of releases and quality of work makes The Kitaro Quintessential a “must have” addition to any collector of fine works’ musical library and places Kitaro in the dialogue and conversation as one of the most prolific artists of his generation.
This authorized two-disc set includes a dynamic CD that has taken Kitaro to the four corners of the globe and back again, spiritually, physically and musically. Musical masterworks from the Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai series, Kojiki, Dream, An Ancient Journey, Ancient, Gaia Onbashira, Impressions Of The West Lake and Kitaro's Grammy Award-winning disc, Thinking Of You are featured on this release.
The DVD contains 105 minutes of breath taking live performance footage of his most popular and elaborate productions that now appear as technical achievements in concert videos. It includes live performances from An Enchanted Evening, Kojiki: A Story In Concert, Tamayura as well as The Light Of The Spirit, on which Kitaro's music is blended to spectacular nature videos.
Known for his reluctant superstardom, an exclusive, rarely seen 18 minute interview with Kitaro is also a feature on the DVD as a special tribute to his loyal fans.

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Kitaro - Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai 1

Artist: Kitaro
P: 2003
First in a new series of conceptual albums, Kitaro's Sacred Journey of Ku-kai is a foray into a unique perspective of an issue that is on everyone's mind this day.
Inspired by the events of September 11, the music is intended to address a holistic solution to personal and global concerns juxtaposed against forward-thinking views of our own spiritual development.
Over the last year, Kitaro has begun a traditional Japanese spiritual pilgrimage to a number of temples in Japan. Known as the Shikoku Henro Pilgrimage, this journey will take him on a circular path to all 88 temples on the island of Shikoku (Japan).
On Kitaro's journey, he has sampled bell sounds from each temple as a basis for the compositions on Sacred Journey of Ku-kai. The music will also feature guest artists from around the world, including Tibetan Master and flutist Nawang Khechog.
It is Kitaro's intention that his message of peace will help people appreciate the nature of our individual experiences and that they can only unify us all in global and spiritual co-existence

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Kitaro - Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai 2

Artist: Kitaro
P: 2005
Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai: Volume 2 is part of Kitaro's latest project, a series of recordings dedicated to peace. Like the first album from the series, nominated for a Best New Age Album GRAMMY Award, every track contains samples from ancient Japanese temple bells (Peace Bells) and is intended to inspire spiritual awakening and a profound sense of peace.
With poignant, passionate melodies and alchemic sound, Kitaro’s multifaceted social undertaking of Ku-kai’s ubiquitous mystical legend is an evocative, rich sonic terrain that documents his continuing pilgrimage to temples on the island of Shikoku, Japan, and further extends his intention of spreading peace through music.

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Kitaro - Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai 3

Artist: Kitaro
P: 2007
The Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai, Volume 3, is the latest in a projected multi-disc series in which the Japanese keyboardist has been recording those bells and working them into the matrix of his music. Taking its name from Kukai, a Japanese monk and founder of the Shingon school of Buddhism in the 9th century, the series follows a path that gets more languid with each album. The synthesist has jettisoned most of the sappy strings that marred his previous journeys, opting for floating, ambient spaces centered around organic sounds.
"Crystal Winds" might be the most carefully formed, albeit rhythm-free and melodically amorphous track Kitaro has composed in years. It builds from a floating array of Native American flute, zithers, Balinese gamelan, temple bells, and harmonic singing merging into filter-swept synthesizer before a brief santoor melody is teased out of it.
It's not long before Kitaro tosses in electric-guitar leads on the grandiose sweep of "After the Rain," replete with his patented whooping Korg lead lines.
If he'd left out the sampled choirs and strings, it might've risen above generic easy-listening new age, which is still preferable to "Winds Blow over the Hill," a thinly veiled lift from his own Silk Road that makes it sound like a score for a sanatorium.
But Kitaro redeems himself with the last two tracks, a hypnotic jam with some uncharacteristically raving guitar over a sequencer ostinato called "Voice in Blue," and "Circle Dance," a ritualistic piece for bells, flute, and what sounds like metal mixing bowls. I kept looking into the kitchen to see if my wife was making something, but I liked the way it added three-dimensionality to the piece.
With The Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai, Volume 3, Kitaro gives us hope that the trek might be worth continuing.

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Kitaro - Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai 4

Artist: Kitaro
P: 2010
Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai Vol. 4 is the fourth in a series of a collection of works and peace-themed albums inspired by the classic Buddhist pilgrimage to the 88 sacred temples on Japan's remote Shikoku Island. A journey taken by the beloved Buddist monk Ku-Kai over a millennium ago, via the music contained in Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai Volume 4, Kitaro continues to explore uncharted waters with his magnificently expansive vision and ever-questing spirit.
Through his ongoing inspirational musical message of Peace and Love Kitaro enjoys transporting his fans to the four corners of the globe, shining the spotlight of his musical message on audiences as he inspires fans from around the globe to unite as one.
He's universally acknowledged as the founding architect of new age music. Kitaro's various sound collaborations and resonant, multi-textured compositions truly defy the constraints of any genre. The Grammy and Golden Globe-winning Kitaro has garnered global acclaim over a more than three decade long career with a signature sound and a pinoeering fusion of cultures, techniques and spheres of consciousness that are truly his own.

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