Kitaro Taiko Ceremony at Japanese Alps in 2017

Annual all night Taiko event is one of the Kitaro’s most important lifeworks that has been carried for over decades. This is the event that Kitaro expresses his appreciation to the Mother Earth and the nature. On full moon day, he continuously plays Taiko from sunset to dawn. The great point of this event is that Kitaro welcomes anybody who would like to join and perform with him together.  This is the outdoor event. Please bring the warm clothes, blankets and raincoats for in case it rains.

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Date & Time: 6pm on July 29th (Sat) until 6am on 30th (Sun).
Location:Alps Azumino National Government Park, Omachi-shi, Nagano, Japan
Cost: FREE

MEMO:
• In the event of rain, the ceremony will be cancelled.
• We encourage participants to inform the organizer of your participation in advance.
• If you would like to bring your own Taiko, please inform the organizer in advance.
• You can join or leave the event whenever you would like to.
• Please park your car in the parking area. Do not park on the street.
• Event venue is close to the residential area. Once you arrive at the parking, please follow our staff to get to the event. Please do not bother neighbors.
• It is about 12 hours event. We encourage participants to bring snacks or some foods.
• You can set up your tent in the event area. Local accommodation is also available.
• DO NOT forget bringing plastic bags for your garbage. KEEP CLEAN THE NATURE!

Please note: The proceedings of the this event include Kitaro’s prayer for North Alps, and the sacred drumming of the Taiko to express appreciation of the great Earth. Your participation in this event is strictly voluntary, at your own risk, and that you are freely choosing to participate. We are not responsible for any injury, loss, claim, damage, or any direct, incidental or consequential damages of any kind.

For more information, please contact to the event organization at +81 (090) 8852-9142, or +81(090)4442-8086.

北アルプス奉納太鼓開催のお知らせ

山や自然に感謝するため、北アルプスの麓で全国の太鼓をこよなく愛する仲間が和太鼓を持ち寄り、太陽が西の山に沈む頃から翌日,朝陽が東の山々から昇るまで太鼓を敲き続ける、恒例の「北アルプス奉納太鼓」を下記日程で開催します。
山、自然、大地の恵みに感謝を込め、皆さんで太鼓を打ち鳴らしましょう。
多くの皆さんのご参加をお待ちしております。(参加無料)

北アルプス奉納太鼓

7月29日(土)夕刻〜30日(日)早朝
長野県大町市国営アルプスあづみの公園(大町•松川地区)
参加費:無料

お問い合わせ:
北アルプス奉納太鼓実行委員会事務局
割田 090-8852-9142 / 市河 090-4442-8086

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KITARO’s NEW MUSIC Featured TODAY on ECHOES!!!

KITARO’s NEW MUSIC Featured TODAY on ECHOES!!! – Coming up on a Slow Flow Echoes Today, new music by Kitaro. After a rest of seven years he continues his trek to the 88 temples of Skikoku, on his album, the Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai Volume 5.

KITARO’s NEW MUSIC Featured TODAY July 14, 2017 on ECHOES!!!
Slow Flow Echoes with new music by Kitaro – Friday, July 14th, 2017 – Echoes Program 1728E
Coming up on a Slow Flow Echoes Today, new music by Kitaro. After a rest of seven years he continues his trek to the 88 temples of Skikoku, on his album, the Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai Volume 5.
We’ll also hear new music by guitarist Michael Hewett from his album, Muses.
Friday,  July 14th
Echoes Program 1728E
Start Time
Group Name
Song Name
Album Name
First Half Hour
0:01:00
Erik Wollo
Past Theme
0:06:00
Melorman
Closer
0:09:39
Billow Observatory
Nulstil
0:14:40
Tale of Us
Alla Sera
0:20:51
Kitaro
Journey for Nirvana
0:29:00
break -Blow Up Hollywood
Adrift (excerpt)
Second Half Hour
0:30:00
Adam Werner
Psyche vs Soul
0:34:03
Chequerboard
The Unfolding
0:39:53
Selffish
I Came to Leave
0:44:08
Nathan Speir
Familiar Orbits
0:50:51
Justin Walter
Unseen Forces
0:59:00
break -The American Dollar
Flood (excerpt)
Third Half Hour
1:01:00
The Delia Derbyshire Appreciation Society
Blue Filter
1:06:00
Michael Hewett
Lilith
1:09:26
One Alternative
Roadless Travel
1:13:15
Dlaivision
The Journey
1:21:22
Jean-Michel Jarre
Oxygene 17
1:25:30
Max Richter
Genesis of Poetry
1:29:30
break -David Arkenstone
Time Lapse (excerpt)
Fourth Half Hour
1:30:00
Jacob Bro/Thomas Morgan/Joey Barron
Heroines
1:34:48
Carl Craig
Domina
1:43:58
Robert Casady
Half-Remembered
1:48:25
Stringsongs
Off the Cuff
1:52:51
Patrick O’Hearn
Restless
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Kitaro’s New “Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai Volume 5” To Be Released on April 21st

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Release Follows the Grammy Nominated Volumes 1-4

Kitaro’s Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai Volume 5 follows the highly acclaimed Volumes 1-4 of the series, all of which have earned the artist Grammy nominations.

Released by 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, ancestral home of the beloved Buddhist holy man Ku-kai. The music is serene paying 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.

The global admiration for Kitaro and his music that unites the world is, of all things, real and constant.

Pre-order for CD is now available!

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Kitaro Launches Worldwide “Kojiki and the Universe Live” Tour

Kitaro’s All New Music Release, “Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai Volume 5” To Be Released on April 21st folfollowing on the Heels of the Multiple Grammy Nominated Volumes 1-4

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

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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 is 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.

4/20 SAN RAFAEL, CA

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10 Avenue of the Flags, San RafaelCA  94903

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Created by Kitaro in collaboration with Astronomy Professor Kazunari Shibata, the entire DVD production of Kojiki and the Universe 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.

Also released on April 21st, Kitaro’s Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai Volume 5 follows the highly acclaimed Volumes 1-4 of the series, all of which have earned the artist Grammy nominations.

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, 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. The global admiration for Kitaro and his music that unites the world is, of all things, real and constant.

[Kitaro European Tour Schedule]

4/27 LONDON @ Eventim Apollo  Tickets

4/29 ISTANBUL, Turkey @ Zorlu Performans Sanatlari Merkezi Tickets

4/30 ANKARA, Turkey @ Congresium Ankara Tickets

5/2   BRASOV, Romania  Tickets will be available soon.

5/4   BUCHAREST, Romania   Tickets will be available soon.

5/6   SIBIU, Romania   Tickets will be available soon.

5/9   SOFIA, Blugaria @ National Palace of Culture, Hall 1 Tickets

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Luna Featured on Great Big Story

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Rock the Gayageum:

Covering Classics with an Ancient Instrument

In Seoul, South Korea, a young musician is mixing a centuries-old Korean instrument with the music of rock legends. Luna Lee plays the gayageum, a box-like string instrument that dates back to 400 B.C. However, Lee thought it was wasteful to only play the traditional music associated with the instrument, so her repertoire features covers from Jimi Hendrix, Queen, Nirvana, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and other rock luminaries. With millions of views on YouTube, Lee is bringing Korean traditions of the past and popular culture of the present to a whole new audience.

This Great Big Story was inspired by Genesis.

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Condolenses to Teheran

To the friends, family and all those people lost in the tragic catastrophe of January 19, 2017 in Tehran, Iran.

On behalf of the recording artist Kitaro, and myself, Eiichi Naito, we would like to send our thoughts and heartfelt condolences to those lost in the tragic events at the Plasco 17 story building in Teheran.

To all the brave firefighters and heroes who lost their lives and to all of the family members, we send our best wishes and tell you our thoughts are with you on this sad occasion.

 Sincerely,

Kitaro
Eiichi Naito, President of Domo Music Group

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Holiday Special : FREE SHIPPING on Domo Store!

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Now is the time to get what YOU want! No coupon required.

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We are also selling Fujiko Hemming albums at $1.00 as they will be discontinued by the end of the year. This is your last chance to own one of these classics!!

Here are some items we love…

Kojiki And The Universe by Kitaro & Kazunari Shibata

Kojiki And The Universe by Kitaro & Kazunari Shibata

Modulations by Kitaro

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Kitaro Vinyl Complete Collection (6 Vinyls)

Kitaro Vinyl Complete Collection (6 Vinyls)

Luna by Luna

Luna by Luna

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Ultimate Kitaro Collection

Kitaro Logo Original Bracelet

Kitaro Logo Original Bracelet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Olate Dogs on America’s Got Talent!

Did you watch Olate Dogs on ‘America’s Got Talent’ Holiday Special this Monday?

Here is the clip and some photos from the night. Enjoy!

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Domo Store Holiday Sale: Extra 40% OFF Storewide!

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Get extra 40% OFF with a coupon code: Holiday16.  Hurry, it ends on 12/25!

* Order by December 20th to receive on or before Christmas.

Here are some great deals!

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The Ultimate Kitaro Collection – Silk Road Journey               (16 CDs + 1 DVD)

Reg. $189.00  –> Sale Price $99.98 + Extra 40% off

Kitaro Vinyl Complete Collection (6 Vinyls)

Kitaro Vinyl Complete Collection (6 Vinyls)

Reg. $169.88  –> Sale Price $99.98 + Extra 40% off

 

Kojiki And The Universe by Kitaro & Kazunari Shibata

Kojiki And The Universe by Kitaro & Kazunari Shibata

Reg. $24.98  –> Sale Price $15.98 + Extra 40% off

Kitaro Live DVD Box Set (3 DVDs) with Kitaro Autograph (5 LEFT)

Kitaro Live DVD Box Set (3 DVDs) with Kitaro Autograph (5 LEFT)

$44.98 + 40% OFF

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The OLATE DOGS TO APPEAR AS NBC’S‘ AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’ CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAYS WITH FIRST STAR-STUDDED SPECTACULAR ON DEC. 19

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Nick Cannon to Host “America’s Got Talent Holiday Spectacular” with Performances from Past Season Fan Favorites Grace VanderWaal, Jackie Evancho, The Clairvoyants, Mat Franco, Piff the Magic Dragon, Olate Dogs, The Regurgitator, Professor Splash and More Celebrity Guest Appearances.

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — Nov. 7, 2016 — On the heels of the show’s most successful season in five years, Nick Cannon hosts an astounding evening with a talented cast of performers coming together for a special one-night only “America’s Got Talent Holiday Spectacular.” The judging panel, featuring Mel B, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel, will also participate in this one-night-only event. The two-hour special will air at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Dec. 19 on NBC.

Music, magic and variety acts celebrate the holidays in a stunning special for fans and families to enjoy. Season 11 winner Grace VanderWaal will once again have jaws dropping with a holiday rendition on the ukulele and judge Heidi Klum even joins in on a performance with her Golden Buzzer contestant, Sal Valentinetti. For the first time ever, Professor Splash dives into egg nog and The Regurgitator is using none other than holiday ornaments for his unique performance.

“America’s Got Talent” ranked as the #1 broadcast network series throughout the summer, finishing #1 among all primetime entertainment programs on the Big 4 networks every week in both adults 18-49 and total viewers. With an average 3.1 rating in 18-49 and 13.8 million viewers overall for its Tuesday edition, “Talent” delivered its top-rated season in 18-49 in three years and its most-watched season in five years.

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:

THE OLATE DOGS: The Olate Dogs are “America’s Got Talent” season seven winners. Led by father Richard Olate and his son Nicholas, the Olate Dogs are a high-energy, fast-paced theatrical act filled with doggie friendly and amazing pet tricks. These sweet, funny and talented dogs and their entertaining owners/handlers have been capturing hearts across the world ever since Olate developed his act on the streets of his native Chile. They are currently on their national live tour entertaining families and children of all ages.

ACROARMY: AcroArmy is a team of elite performers, ages 12-27, made up of some of the best acrobatic gymnasts in the country. Directed by two-time world champion and former “America’s Got Talent” alumni Arthur Davis III and Renato Teroy, respectively, AcroArmy is based out of Realis Gymnastics Academy Redlands under the coaching of Youri Vorobiev.

CALYSTA BEVIER: Caly Bevier is a singer from a small town in northwest Ohio. She has been singing since the age of 3 and has always had that desire to be in front of a crowd and to entertain. Bevier is a survivor. In 2015 she was diagnosed, at the young age of 15, with stage 3 ovarian cancer and is currently in remission and now on a journey to take her music career to the next level. Bevier has been using her voice to inspire and encourage others by traveling and spreading awareness for cancer, specifically childhood cancer. Bevier was Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer on season 11.

THE CLAIRVOYANTS : Thommy Ten and Amélie van Tass are The Clairvoyants. When they first met they instantly discovered that they had a very special connection and belonged together. What started as a heightened sense of intuition quickly grew into something far more intriguing. As the years passed their incredible connection blossomed into a skill that they wanted to share with others. The Clairvoyants were runners up on season 11 of “America’s Got Talent” and will appear on Broadway this fall with “The Illusionists: Turn of the Century.”

BRIAN JUSTIN CRUM: Brian Justin Crum is a singer from San Diego. He competed on season 11 of “America’s Got Talent” and came in fourth place. Since completing the show he has been recording his EP with notable writers Jesse McCartney and Shane Stevens. He has also been headlining major events all over the US. Follow his journey on Instagram and Twitter @BrianJustinCrum and be on the lookout for his EP coming soon! 

ANDRA DAY: The singer and songwriter’s full-length debut, “Cheers to the Fall,” garnered a 2016 Grammy Award nod for Best R&B Album, while her single “Rise Up” notched a nomination for Best R&B Performance. Resonating throughout pop culture, Day was invited to join forces with J. Cole on “Mississippi Goddamn” on the soundtrack for the Oscar-nominated documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” and provide the end title track for “Meru.” “Rise Up” fueled a high-profile “Beats By Dre” campaign, while she and her first champion, Stevie Wonder, performed “Someday at Christmas” for an Apple commercial. At the 47th NAACP Image Awards, she received a nod for Outstanding New Artist.

JON DORENBOS: Jon Dorenbos is an NFL player on the Philadelphia Eagles who was thrust into the national spotlight when he became the country’s most beloved magician during his magical summer long run to the finals on season 11 of “America’s Got Talent.” Dorenbos got in to magic just before his 13th birthday and instantly fell in love with it. Magic became an escape during a time of mourning and transition in his life as he was obsessed with the sleights and skills involved. He spent all day, every day, practicing and rehearsing in front of the mirror. Dorenbos’ aunt, Susan, had a friend, Ken Sands, who was a magician and she made the introduction. Sands became a mentor, friend and father figure for Dorenbos for years to come. Sands didn’t just teach Dorenbos the fundamentals of a trick, he taught him how to find himself as a performer.  

 

EDGAR: Edgar is a modern day family band. They have all been individually performing their whole lives until the came together to form this dynamic trio. Edgar is made up of Nikki Leonti – Edgar (Mom), Jaslyn Edgar (Daughter) & Ryan Edgar (Dad). These three found a love for performing together after Ryan officially adopted Jaslyn as his own daughter. They have a mutual love for soul, rock, folk, country-soul and the Beatles. Ryan & Nikki are songwriters currently residing in Los Angeles and on Sunday’s they host a Jazz Show at the W hotel in Hollywood. Edgar competed on season 11 of “America’s Got Talent.”

JACKIE EVANCHO: Jackie Evancho dazzled American television audiences at 10 years old gaining global recognition with her stunning debut on “America’s Got Talent.” Since then, the now 16-year-old vocal sensation has released a string of platinum and gold albums. This year saw the release of new crossover music by Evancho with the release of three covers, “Writings on the Wall,” “Safe and Sound,” “Coming Home” and one new original song written especially for her, “Apocalypse.” This Christmas, Evancho will release her Christmas CD, “Someday at Christmas.” She is also releasing a new studio album in 2017.

TERRY FATOR: After 25 years of honing his skills at county fairs and venues across the country, Fator’s big “America’s Got Talent” win at age 42 catapulted him into the upper echelon of entertainers and led to a multi-million dollar deal with The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas where his award-winning show, “Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment,” has been running since 2009. With a cast of characters including Winston, the Impersonating Turtle; Emma Taylor, the little girl with the big voice; Maynard Thompkins, the Elvis Impersonator; Duggie Scott Walker, the annoying neighbor; and many others, Fator has been raking in awards, accolades and industry admiration ever since. In 2014, Fator released the DVD “Terry Fator: Live in Concert,” a country music CD “It Starts Tonight,” as well as a series of children’s books, including “Lamu, The Christmas Kitten.”

MAT FRANCO: As the first and only magician ever to win NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” Mat Franco takes an innovative approach to magic making that’s driven by pure joy. Almost entirely self-taught, the 28-year-old Rhode Island native began developing his own shows before the age of 10 and took the stage at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas by the time he was 15. With an improvisation-fueled and humor-laced performance style partly honed through his years as a hugely in-demand college act, Franco is now headlining his show “Magic Reinvented Nightly” at the LINQ Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas that offers both boundless fun and a stunning sense of thrill and wonder.

RONEE MARTIN: Growing up in Columbia, Va., there wasn’t a lot do, so after graduating high school Ronee Martin quickly moved to Washington, D.C., to live with her mother. There, she met some local musicians and was introduced to a real studio and there was no turning back after that. A few snags here and there in the music industry caused her to take a few steps back from the music world to find a job. Martin ended up moving to the beautiful palm-tree-lined streets of Los Angeles where she performed and did quite a few demo sessions for writers that have now become quite successful. Martin competed on season 11 of “America’s Got Talent.”

PENN & TELLER: For nearly 40 years Penn & Teller have defied labels — and, at times, physics and good taste —  by redefining the genre of magic and inventing their own very distinct niche in comedy. With an amazing eight wins, including 2015, as Las Vegas Magicians of the Year, their 16-year run at The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino makes them one of the longest running and most-beloved shows in Las Vegas history, outselling every other resident magician on the Strip. Along the way, they’ve written three New York Times bestsellers, hosted their own Emmy Award-nominated variety show for FX, starred in their own Emmy-winning specials for ABC, NBC and Comedy Central and produced the critically lauded feature film documentary “The Aristocrats.”

PENTATONIX: In just five years, Pentatonix, currently on the final leg of their world tour, has sold more than 3.5 million albums in the U.S. alone. They have won two Grammy Awards and performed for hundreds of thousands of fans at their sold-out shows across the globe. Their YouTube channel boasts more than 11 million subscribers, yielding nearly 2 billion video views, and their 2015 self-titled album has been certified gold after debuting #1 on Billboard’s Top 200. All seven Pentatonix album releases have debuted in the chart’s top 10. In 2015 the group released its first tour documentary, “On My Way Home,” and appeared in the feature film “Pitch Perfect 2.” 

Pentatonix recently released their third holiday album, “A Pentatonix Christmas,” which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. The album includes the group’s arrangement of the Leonard Cohen classic, “Hallelujah,” which debuted at #6 on Billboard’s Top Digital Songs Chart. The music video received more than 20 million views in its first week. The group will be hosting their first holiday network special, “A Pentatonix Christmas Special,” on NBC on December 14th.

PIFF THE MAGIC DRAGON: The standout finalist of “America’s Got Talent” season 10, imagine Larry David in a dragon suit performing jaw-dropping magic tricks and you’re on the right track. With more than 40 million YouTube hits to his name, Piff has performed for hundreds of thousands of people all over the world in venues such as Radio City Music Hall, the O2 in London and Sydney Opera House. His sidekick Mr. Piffles, the world’s first magic-performing Chihuahua, has been levitated, laminated, shackled in a straitjacket and shot out of a cannon all in the name of entertainment. They currently live in Las Vegas, headlining at the iconic Flamingo hotel three nights a week where they recently celebrated their one-year anniversary, and touring North America on the weekends. They don’t do children’s parties.

PROFESSOR SPLASH: Professor Splash was first seen in season six of “America’s Got Talent” and won over America with his risky diving act. At the age of 55 he currently has thirty five Guinness World records and has been diving competitively since he was 6 years old.

THE REGURGITATOR: The Regurgitator appeared on season 10 of “America’s Got Talent” and finished in fourth place. Heidi Klum has claimed that he is her favorite “AGT” contestant. He captured America’s attention by swallowing different objects and regurgitating them.

THE SILHOUETTES: The Silhouettes are season six’s runner-up on “America’s Got Talent.” They were created and are directed by Lynne Waggoner-Patton. They train, film and perform at Shadowlight Theatre in Arvada, Colo., and their mission is to help homeless children and families in need. The Silhouettes have helped children in Tokyo learn shadow dance to perform live for 30 million viewers and raised money for people injured in Japan’s 2011 triple disaster.

THE SONS OF SERENDIP: The Sons of Serendip (SoS) are a musical ensemble of four friends who, through a series of serendipitous events, came together in graduate school at Boston University and auditioned for “America’s Got Talent.” The members are Micah Christian, a teacher from Randolph, Mass., and the lead singer for the group; pianist/vocalist Cordaro Rodriguez, an attorney from Charlotte, N.C.; Kendall Ramseur, a cellist and cello instructor from Charlotte, N.C.; and harpist Mason Morton, a teacher from Atlanta. In 2015, SoS recorded their second hit album, “Christmas, Beyond the Lights,” which won praise from critics including the Los Angeles Times, who called it “fresh” and “imaginative,” further cementing the group as a timeless musical powerhouse.

SAL VALENTINETTI: Sal Valentinetti impressed the judges on season 11 of “America’s Got Talent” and received Heidi’s Golden Buzzer. Valentinetti is the definition of an old soul with an olive oil voice and Italian charm. “Sal the Voice,” as he is affectionately known by everyone from Brooklyn to Bayshore, can be found on most Sunday’s sipping cappuccino at the cafe telling stories, making jokes and  planning his next move — to bring back the consummate, classy, old school entertainer with a heart of gold back to American pop culture.

GRACE VANDERWAAL: Season 11 winner Grace VanderWaal is a 12-year-old singer-songwriter who lives in New York. She began writing songs when she was 3 and loved performing her originals for her family. For VanderWaal’s 11th birthday she bought herself a ukulele with her birthday money and performed her first concert for her family two weeks later. She continued to play the ukulele and write songs and eventually auditioned for “America’s Got Talent,” where she sang all original songs throughout the season. VanderWaal was quickly signed to Columbia Records and Syco Music after her big win.

The “Got Talent” format, created by Simon Cowell and co-owned by Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia globally, holds the Guinness World Record as the most successful reality TV format of all time, airing in 186 countries and having been commissioned in 68 territories worldwide. Around the world, more than 500 million people watch “Got Talent” every year. “Britain’s Got Talent” has remained the U.K.’s #1 entertainment show since it first launched in 2007 and discovered the global singing sensational, Susan Boyle, who has sold 23 million records to date. 

Simon Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.

About Syco Entertainment

Syco Entertainment, a joint venture between Simon Cowell and Sony Music, is one of the world’s leading global music, film and television production companies responsible for some of the most successful global TV and music franchises and is the world’s most successful producer of international talent. Syco Music was named the U.K.’s #1 record label for both A&R and sales in 2014 and is home to international best-selling artists who have sold more than 300 million records to date. Syco is the record label home to Labrinth, Fifth Harmony, Susan Boyle, Little Mix, One Direction, IL Divo, CNCO, James Arthur, Ella Henderson and Grace VanderWaal amongst others. Syco’s television assets include the global franchises “The X Factor” and “Got Talent.” Around the world, “The X Factor” airs in 168 countries and is watched by more than a half billion people. The “Got Talent” format is officially the world’s most successful reality TV format of all time, holding the Guinness World Records title for the highest number of adaptations, having been commissioned in an impressive 68 territories and airing in 186 countries worldwide. “America’s Got Talent” has been the #1 U.S. summer reality series for over a decade, with season 11 being the highest-rated season in five years. Syco Film is teaming up with Kenny Ortega (“High School Musical”) for a music driven drama set up at Sony Pictures. In addition, Syco announced a long-term deal with Animal Logic (“The Lego Movie,” “Happy Feet”) to produce a number of music-based live action-hybrid animated movies.

About FremantleMedia North America

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is a premier content studio. FMNA and its portfolio of companies, including Random House Studio, Original Productions and 495 Productions, create entertaining and innovative scripted and alternative programs for network, cable, syndicated and digital partners. Its diverse, critically-acclaimed and award-winning slate includes “America’s Got Talent” (NBC), “Family Feud” (SYN), “Let’s Make a Deal” (CBS), “The Price Is Right” (CBS), “The Great Christmas Light Fight” (ABC), “Deadliest Catch” (Discovery), “Jay Leno’s Garage” (CNBC), “Married to Medicine” (Bravo), “Blue Collar Millionaires” (CNBC), “Ice Road Truckers” (HISTORY), “Storage Wars” (A&E), “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC), “Celebrity Name Game” (SYN), “To Tell the Truth” (ABC), “Match Game” (ABC), “Hollyweed” (Independent) and “American Gods” (STARZ), among others. FMNA also operates BUZZR, a retro game show channel that launched in 2015, and is available in the top 10 U.S. markets, and 65 percent of the country. 

FMNA is the U.S. arm of global media giant FremantleMedia, which includes a distribution arm, FremantleMedia International, a digital and branded entertainment division and a kids & family entertainment business.  As one of the world’s largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of TV  brands in the world, FremantleMedia’s comprehensive global network has operations in 31 countries, creating over 10,000 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 45 formats and managing over 350 individual titles. The company also distributes more than 20,000 hours of content in over 200 territories. For more information follow us @FMNATV and visit our Facebook page.

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