Morning Café: an inspired and eclectic mix of music to start your day

Release Date: May 21st, 2020

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The morning.  The rejuvenation this time brings us.  Fresh with a promise of possibility waking alongside routine’s reassuring comfort.  The ambience of gentle golden light piercing the veil of dawn, tranquil yet invigorating.  The serenity of confidence and calm as each day brings a new beginning.  

It’s the slow pour of the coffee, the aroma that fills the room.  It’s the soundtrack of awakening, as thoughts fill the mind, easing into the flow of today.  The body responds, almost reflexively, to the rising sun, to the rising spirit, full of inspiration and connection.

Listen as the sounds of the morning surround you.  Listen as the eclectic mix of electronic pulses meet the electric pulses of mind and body, as they open the world to you once again.  Listen as the motivations meet the meditations; the renewal meets the ritual.  Listen to the morning and all that it brings with it to begin another day of possibility, of promise, of life.

Review by Keith “MuzikMan Hannaleck”

Album Track List:

          01. NOCHES GUITANAS by Luis Villegas
          02. EARTH’S PARADISE by Dave Eggar
          03. LOOKS LIKE HEAVEN by Peas
          04. ALONE IN KYOTO by Luna
          05. FOLLOW ME TO THE SUN by Dave Eggar
          06. THE FIELD by Tao Of Sound
          07. MORESCA by Benedetti & Svoboda
          08. BACK TO YOU by Luna
          09. LOW PASS DUB by Peas
          10. TIENSHAN by Dino Malito
          11. BEAU SOIR, L.6 by Steve Anderson

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Kitaro to perform in special live stream event on March 6th

Kitaro to perform “Silk Road” and “Kojiki And The Universe” in special live stream event on March 6th at 19:00 JST (GMT +09:00)

Los Angeles, CA (March 1, 2021) Kitaro, world-renowned and award-winning composer, will be performing at an event that is in support to designate four territories in Japan’s Ryukyu Islands as World Heritage Sites. 

World Heritage Sites are designed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Japanese government has proposed UNESCO to designate the northern part of Okinawa Island (Yanbaru) as well as Amami-Oshima, Tokunoshima, Iriomote Islands as World Heritage Sites this year. These islands have existed in isolation for many centuries and contain a high proportion of endemic and rare species. 

The concert program will consist of two parts. The first part will be a special performance of “Silk Road” by Kitaro that will include hand-picked videos that spans multiple decades. The second part will be a performance with a video presentation of “Kojiki And The Universe.” The unique visual experience will merge Kitaro’s critically acclaimed album “Kojiki” with space-age photographic scenes of the Universe. The video will feature time-lapse images, expertly intertwined with real-time films provided by and in cooperation with NASA and Kyoto University. Kitaro will be performing live with violinist Shizuka Kashima.

The performance will be on Saturday March 6, 2021, 19:00 Japan Standard Time (GMT +09:00) and will be streamed live on YouTube. The concert program will be broadcasted by the Ryukyu Broadcasting Corporation (RBC) on April 29, 2021.

This event will be sponsored by NPO Yanbaru Regional Activity Support Center. Additionally, it will be co-sponsored by Okinawa Kaiho Bank, Cultivate Inc., and Japan Post Okinawa Branch. Also supporting this event is NTT West Okinawa Branch Kunigami.

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Seda Bağcan’s Mantrance Joy : Mantra Music For Celestial Joy

Release Date: February 5th, 2020

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Mantrance Joy (Mantra Music For Celestial Joy) is a collection of remixed mantras from Seda Bagcan’s previous albums.  This album consists of sixteen tracks, including one short and one long version of each mantra.

The remixes were compiled to help listeners increase their spiritual balance, focus and concentration to achieve inner peace and joy.

As Seda notes, “If we want to stay healthy, we must stay in love, joy, peace and enlightenment.  These vibes can help protect us against any illness or unwanted events.”

Track Listing:

  1. Wahe Jio
  2. Har Har Gobinde
  3. Triple Mantra
  4. Mul Mantra
  5. Adi Shakti
  6. Guru Ram Das
  7. Shumnu Amai Uruk Akai
  8. Wahe Guru Wahe Jio
  9. Wahe Jio (Extended Version)
  10. Har Har Gobinde (Extended Version)
  11. Triple Mantra (Extended Version)
  12. Mul Mantra (Extended Version)
  13. Adi Shakti (Extended Version)
  14. Guru Ram Das (Extended Version)
  15. Shumnu Amai Uruk Akai (Extended Version)
  16. Wahe Guru Wahe Jio (Extended Version)

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Kitaro’s Celestial Scenery Collection

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This is a 10 volume digital box set with 93 songs (approximately 9 hrs and 30 minutes of music).  The file is 1.27 GB.

This box set features a selection of tracks from Kitaro’s studio albums (including Tenku, The Light Of The Spirit, Kojiki, Best Of Ten Years, Dream, Cirque Ingenieux and the Grammy Award winning album Thinking Of You) and live albums (An Enchanted Evening, Live In America).

Additionally, it includes recordings by Tibetan flutist Nawang Khechog and Chinese Erhu player Yu-Xiao Guang produced by Kitaro.

Produced by Kitaro
Executive Producer: Eiichi Naito
Remastered by Dino Malito
Graphic Design by Kio Griffith

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It’s time to disconnect, to let go, to escape into bliss. It’s time to Relax.

Release Date: October 9th, 2020

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The album features music by Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning artist Kitaro and Grammy nominated artists Dave Eggar and Fumio Miyashita. Each track on the album has been digitally remastered in 2020 from the original source material.

The challenges of life are as daunting as ever, and seemingly creeping closer than ever to the things we care about most.  Our families, our health, our work; each has been tested with greater stress than we can remember ever happening before.  Naturally, we look forward, now more than ever as well, to those moments, those times when we can truly and deeply relax.  No longer a luxury, our time to disconnect, to let go, and escape into a state of uninterrupted bliss has become a necessity.

This is music that will be that escape.  This is music that will be the portal into that state of uninterrupted bliss.  Patient and soothing tones that wash over in rhythmic, hypnotic waves.  Restful, peaceful sounds that melt away the distractions, evoke feelings of centered calm, and usher the mind and body to a path of deep relaxation.  This is music that will be your guide.

If we cannot relax, we cannot re-charge.  We cannot focus, process, or enjoy all that we work for each day.  Let this music lead you away from the stresses of life, allow you to enter a mindful and rejuvenating state, and aid in improving your physical, emotional, and spiritual health.  Sleep better, feel better, be better as your heart rate and blood pressure lower and your energy levels return.  Relieve the burdens of stress.  Flow on a sonic river of solitude and serenity.

It’s time to disconnect, to let go, to escape into bliss.  It’s time to relax.

Review by BT Fasmer
Review by RJ Lannan
Review by Keith “MuzikMan Hannaleck”

Track List:

  1. WINGS TO FLY (Tsubasa Wo Kudasai) by Kuni Murai
  2. SLEEPING WOMAN by Luis Perez
  3. ESTRELLA by Kitaro
  4. LINDEN by Yu-Xiao Guang
  5. MIRACLE by Seda Bağcan
  6. RUNE by Dave Eggar
  7. RIMPA : COSMOS by Hiroki Okano
  8. JOY by Uma Silbey
  9. AURORA by Dino Malito
  10. CLAIR DE LUNE by Steve Anderson
  11. MEDITERRANEAN SUNRISE by Benedetti & Svoboda
  12. WOOD FAIRY by Kitaro
  13. SEE THE LIGHT (Abridged) by Fumio Miyashita
  14. MOONLIGHT SONATA by Steve Anderson
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New Age Star Sangeeta Kaur Offers Healing Music for Troubled Times with Her Stunning New Album, Illuminance

Release Date: August 28th

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On her most diverse release yet, Sangeeta takes listeners on an inspiring and uplifting journey

LOS ANGELES, CA – Classical crossover/New Age star Sangeeta Kaur has announced that her extraordinary new album, Illuminance, will be released Friday, August 28, on Domo Records. Produced by multi-Grammy Award-winning composer and pianist Peter Kater and co-produced by Sangeeta, Illuminance follows a series of highly acclaimed albums by the classically trained Vietnamese-American artist, including last year’s breakthrough, Compassion, which debuted at No. 1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases.

Throughout her brilliant career, Sangeeta – a singular talent whose awe-inspiring vocal range leaves listeners spellbound – has made it her mission to create music that thrills, soothes, empowers and uplifts. With Illuminance, she has delivered a work that is both timeless and timely, one that speaks to the current global climate and serves as a healing balm.

“As an artist, I feel that it is my responsibility to create positivity for the world,” Sangeeta says. “In many ways, that need is especially important right now. Let’s face it, we’re in a scary time; people are frightened in ways they have never experienced before. There’s darkness, but there’s also light, and these songs are like the bridge to the light. So, for me, these songs are meant to remind us of our strength and of our pure bright light within. It is this light that can help us overcome anything.”

On her past albums, Sangeeta distinguished herself as one of the great idiosyncratic artists of her day, bending genres (everything from traditional American folk and pop to classical and even children’s music) while employing her extensive background in classical opera, sacred mantra (often in multiple languages) and yoga to create her own emotionally riveting, brand-new sub-genre called “Mantra Opera.” On Illuminance, she broadens her reach even more – there’s transporting ballads and gorgeous hymns, soaring theatrical pieces and even elements of contemporary jazz – and the overall impact is stunning.

“There are songs with lyrics and others where I’m singing without words – I call this ‘vocalise,” Sangeeta says. “In every case, I want the listener to feel joy and to be inspired.”

On the album’s beguiling title track, Sangeeta uses the power of her impeccable voice to convey jubilation and levity in a minor-key melody – a feat few vocalists can pull off. “Come and Find Me” is a heartbreaking love song that addresses the devastation families face in the age of COVID. “The saddest part of what’s happening today is when people can’t say goodbye to their loved ones because of restrictions placed on funerals,” she observes. “This song is to comfort them. The narrative comes from the person who passed away speaking to loved ones who are remaining on earth.”

Backed by lilting acoustic guitar and sumptuous piano, Sangeeta sneaks subliminal messages into “Worlds Collide.” “It’s a song about past lives,” she explains. “I’m my own world; you’re your own world. Everybody is their own world, and we’ve collided many times. A lot of those times, there has been love. Let’s learn from that and not repeat old destructive patterns. Let remember that we are all one. We are the Universe.”

On each of her albums, Sangeeta has included at least one mantra (“it’s ingrained into my soul and is at the core foundation of all I do”), and on Illuminance she sends listeners off with the mesmerizing “Dedication.” Backed by elegiac piano and lush, rolling basslines, Sangeeta sings a prayer that traditionally ends Tibetan meditations and ceremonies – and turns it into a wholly fulfilling and unique musical reward.

“In various ways, every song has something to do with light and how it’s created through earthly and non-earthly phenomena,” says Sangeeta. She points to the song “Supernova,” a deeply hypnotic piece of metaphysical mood music on which her lustrous voice soars toward the heavens. “A supernova is an explosion of a very old star that becomes its brightest form at its death. So even at that point before darkness, there is light. That’s what I want people to hold on to.”

Sangeeta and Peter Kater have long been fans of each other’s work, but the two never managed to collaborate until now. “I feel as if we’re connected to a past life. We knew we would work together, and I’m so glad that we did so on this album,” Sangeeta says. “Peter is such a fabulous musician, and writing with him was such a thrilling process – I would send him song ideas and he would send me his; we would take elements from each other and transform them into something new.”

Both Sangeeta and Kater agreed that the setting for the songs would be minimal and modern. With Kater on piano, a select group of prestigious players was brought in to complement Sangeeta’s compelling vocals: classical guitar master Dat Nguyen, Grammy Award-winning percussionist MB Gordy and internationally renowned cellist Tina Guo (known for her longtime work with film composer Hans Zimmer). 

“Everybody contributed so magnificently to this record,” Sangeeta says. “Each album is a journey, and I’m so happy that the initial inspiration – illuminating your life, illuminating your goodness, your strengths and all your powers – was fully realized. I think it’s an important message for this time.”

Tracklist:
All My Love
Illuminance
Worlds Collide
Light Of Love
Path Of Light
Come And Find Me
Supernova
Stardust
Dedication

Produced by Peter Kater
Co-Produced by Sangeeta Kaur
Mixed by Gerhard Joost at EastWest Studios
Mastered by Patricia Sullivan at Bernie Grundman Mastering

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Dennis Banks & Kitaro’s American Indian Storyteller

American Indian “Storyteller” is a collection of educational native animal stories narrated by Dennis Banks with music by Kitaro.  

The album is dedicated to Dennis Banks who passed away in 2017 and are his last published messages.

Tracklist:
The Old Man And The Frog
The Ants And The Elephant
The Hedgehog And The Butterfly
Little Bear And Honey
Mother Earth

CREDITS
Produced by Kitaro and Dennis Banks
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Kitaro and Paul Lamb
Photography: Takeo Koshikawa

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Hiroki Okano’s “Peace On Earth”

The memory of the stone
The memory of the tree
The memory of the air
The memory of the forest
The earth speaks to us
The times are truly dawning now
It is darkest before the dawn
But the morning is coming
I want to play the sound of the dawn
Like the song of the bird that heralds the morning
For the next seven generations of descendants
With my ancestors seven generations ago 
I will send this music out into the world 
-Hiroki Okano

CREDITS
Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Hiroki Okano
Mastered by Hiroki Okano, Daichi Yuhara
Art Direction: Yutaka Takei
Photography: Kenji Sakamoto, Shinnosuke Kunitomo
Additional musicians:
Arico Yamashita – Piano (Fertile Voyage)
Chiyo Kaiga – Piano (Pure Child)
Ranna Sakimoto – Cello (Dear One’s Heart, Pure Child)

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Hiroki Okano’s Quantum Leap Breeze: Music For Helio Compass 2020

Album Release Date: June 4th, 2020

Quantum Leap Breeze: Music For Helio Compass 2020 is a 50-minute grand musical score by Hiroki Okano.

Helio Compass has collaborated with Hiroki Okano, Japan’s leading ambient music composer, to craft this unconventional series of musical pieces. Through this project, the one-year movement of the entire solar system has been rendered to a grand musical score. The 2020 version, the fourth collaboration with Okano, remarkably represents the phase of the present time and space. The entire composition features an arrangement of sounds every few seconds. Each and every sound perfectly coincides with this year’s astronomical events, such as the 24 seasonal divisions and the moon phases, as well as major seasonal points on the calendar. The process of tracing the movement of each planet and transforming it into musical expression can be described as a shamanic experience which makes the music resonate with the sense of time and space. 

Okano worked on composing the entire soundtrack and performed all the instruments, including the Irish flute, the Greek string instrument, bouzouki, and multiple analogue synthesizers. These are only a small part of Okano’s extensive collection of folk instruments which occupy almost his entire studio. In addition, Okano acquired some of these old instruments in the 1970s, repaired them and has cherished ever since. These vintage instruments sounded so beautiful that they amplified the effect of the complete composition to vividly express the depth of time, which could not be fully achieved digitally. Okano captured varied ambient sounds through field recordings across the world, including the sounds of bells resounding in Florence, Italy and those of a church located in Île de la Cité, a tiny island in the Seine close to Notre-Dame, Paris. 

From the beginning of the year 2020, we have been facing unprecedented challenges, such as natural disaster, the coronavirus crisis, and political and economic tensions. It is certain that these moments will be a major turning point globally. We are pleased to release this new musical piece, envisioning our new future in which humans will work in cooperation on this planet, in our universe.

Credits
All songs written and arranged by Hiroki Okano
Natural sound designed by Hiroki Okano
Natural sound recorded by Hiroki Okano, Satoru Nakada, Miwafuku
Recorded and Mixed by Hiroki Okano
Mastered by Hiroki Okano, Daichi Yuhara (Studio You)
Concept designed by Kaichi Sugiyama (Helio Compass)
Additional Musicians: Miwafuku, TeN, Junko Okano
Illustrated & Designed by Emi Sugiyama
Translator by Sayako Kidokoro (Trunk)  

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HERITAGE by Masa Takumi, a Dynamic Japanese Award-Winning & Chart-Topping Artist

Los Angeles, CA (April 24, 2020) — MASA TAKUMI a.k.a. Masanori Takumi — an award-winning Japanese musician, composer, songwriter, and producer — joins the Domo Music Group family with the release of his distinctive new album, HERITAGE. An impressive, self-taught multi-instrumentalist, Takumi’s lively and spirited new work blends modern music with ancient instruments such as the shamisen and the koto, a stringed instrument that is the national instrument of his native Japan. Heritage will be released by Domo Music Group on April 24, 2020.

Travel fans whose wings have been clipped may find fanciful escape in the new music by Masa Takumi, imagining the Bamboo Forests of Kyoto, or an ancient temple in Tokyo where Takumi filmed the “Heritage” music video. HERITAGE deftly balances a journey into the past with modern beats and melodies; one critic described it as reminiscent of the gorgeous work of June Kuramoto in the legendary Asian-influenced band Hiroshima. The expansive and exotic works of Keiko Matsui also come to mind upon hearing Takumi’s soaring, high energy piano and keyboard adventure, artfully blending intense, earthbound rhythms with transcendent flights of fancy and rich sonic detail.

Takumi splits his time between Los Angeles and Japan, where he is a sought-after producer and songwriter with over 40 songs on Japan’s Top 10 Charts. After six years in the U.S. music business, learning the English language and earning two GRAMMY(R) nominations with Sly & Robbie in 2014 and 2015, Takumi says he felt compelled to share more of himself with his U.S. fan base. It is with a remarkable sense of invention and adventure that Heritage gives insight into every aspect of the artist’s cultural roots and its rich artistry. Recognized as a truly remarkable, trendsetting contemporary instrumental work, that aesthetic ties in perfectly with the monumental catalog of Kitaro, the legendary pioneering electronic artist who is now Takumi’s label cohort.

In a review of Heritage on The JW Vibe, Jonathan Widran says that “Heritage gets off to a funky, rumbling and exotic start with the title track, which is dominated by a hypnotic koto melody, punchy synth chords and booming percussion. Takumi’s colorful koto-keyboard dynamic continues on Hanamachi Girl, a whimsical, mystical, easy flowing ballad with an elegant solo piano interlude that showcases the deeper dimensions of his artistry. Throughout most of the eight tracks, the artist works his magic blending piano and/or koto with lush atmospheres and rich electronic textures.”

Prior to Heritage, Takumi released a 2016 album, his solo debut “Stars Falling” a sparkling orchestral dreamscape for which he composed and performed all the instruments. He followed, in 2017, with the album “Deep Down,” winning both Akademia Music Awards and Global Music Awards, as well as a nomination at the 2018 Hollywood Music In Media Awards for the music video “Deep Down.” His artistic excellence is represented again in the music video for the Heritage title track released on April 17, 2020, which can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/mJ2IHRNPNuM

Takumi’s career is truly remarkable. He was proficient on several instruments by the time he graduated high-school, and in 2000, Takumi made his recording debut as a drummer for the rock band Siren, signed to Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) Japan. He evolved into composing soundtrack work for Japanese animation titles such as “Genshiken” (2004), Peach Girl (2005), “Witchblade” (2006), and “Claymore” (2007), while also becoming an in-demand composer, arranger and producer, earning more than 40 songs on Japan’s Top 10 charts and countless awards and accolades for his talented accomplishments with artists like Da Pump, Exil, AAA. He has produced projects with Mr. Big frontman Eric Martin and famed drummer Terry Bozzio. Takumi composed the songs “Let’s Make A Video” by YouTube star Poppy and “Reflection” for the Trey Songz album 11.

And as if that were not enough, Takumi is also a mind-blowing and dexterous magician, a member of the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA.

Regarding Heritage, music journalist Robin James wrote that “The sounds of the island nation of Japan blossom on his palate of piano, drums, guitar, bass, koto, electronica, and awesomely cool funky beats. Your best bet is just to sit back and enjoy this hypnotic ride into history and dance to the joyful melodies.”

Track list:
01 Heritage                                        
02 Hanamachi Girl                          
03 After The Nightmare           
04 Bells In Summer                            
05 Toki                                                 
06 Bamboo Forest                          
07 Sakura River                                 
08 Midwater Night’s Neo Dream 

Links:
Official Artist Website
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