For over a quarter century, Kitaro has been an internationally recognized icon, globally acclaimed composer and musician. He's one of the founding architects of the New Age music category and movement. His ongoing inspirational musical message of Peace and Love allows Kitaro to take 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 world to unite as one.
Influenced by American rock and R&B, his pioneering fusion of electronic artistry, traditional Japanese forms, and pop-inflected Western idioms created a lush, harmonic, and poetic sound that won the now legendary artist a huge international following.
After few years in the Japanese music group Far East Family Band, Kitaro became a solo artist in 1978, and released his first album entitled Astral Voyage. In 1980, he created the theme song for Japanese national TV broadcast, NHK's TV show featuring Silk Road. The show made an enormous success and increased Kitaro's recognition worldwide. Kitaro released the soundtrack albums Silk Road and Silk Road Vol.2. In 1984, he toured in Asia as a first-ever Japanese musician who performed in Taiwan and China.
In 1985, Kitaro signed worldwide contract with Geffen Records. Shortly after that, in 1987, Kitaro created the Grammy-nominated "The Light Of the Spirit", a collaboration with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart. This album exceeded two million dollars of sales in the U.S. alone. This created a turning point in Kitaro's career and aided to elevate Kitaro's presence to an unprecedented degree. After this, Kitaro continuously toured in the US and Europe and attracted a following worldwide.
Of all of his works, in addition to his breakthrough release of Silk Road, Kitaro considers "Kojiki" as one of his finest efforts. Nominated for 34th Grammy, the album reached the Billboard Top 200 Pop Charts at #159, an amazing feat for an album in the New Age genre. The album also became #1 Top New Age Album for 8 weeks.
In 1992 Kitaro released transcendent "Dream", a collaboration with Yes' Jon Anderson. After release, this was another Kitaro hit and Kitaro was nominated for another Grammy. Working with acclaimed director Oliver Stone, Kitaro won a Golden Globe Award for his Heaven & Earth Original Soundtrack in 1994.
In 1997, Kitaro produced music for the Broadway production "Cirque Ingenieux" and released same titled original soundtrack. The following year, Kitaro's original soundtrack album "The Soong Sisters" received, Best Original Music Award from the Hong Kong Film Award as well as the Taiwan Golden Film Festival and Award. In 1998, Kitaro was invited to become an Olympic musician and perform Taiko Drums at the closing ceremony of Nagano Winter Olympics.
In 2000, Kitaro's "Thinking Of You", which the online music bible allmusic.com calls, "one of the most beautiful CDs of all time," won a Grammy for Best New Age Album. Kitaro credits this Grammy to philosophy that fundamentally, at its heart, his music is always about sending a profound message of peace and spiritual development, both personally and globally.
Kitaro's Ku-Kai series arose after the global events on the fateful day of September 11, 2001. On that day, Kitaro was on a jet from Japan traveling en route 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 by music embracing a universal message of peace. The Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai series is an earthly travel that transports the listener to the 88 sacred temples located on Shikoku Island in Japan. The music is a serene journey in its own right. The true to life excursion made over 1100 years ago on Shikoku Island in Japan endures to this day.
The Ku-Kai series, "Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai Vol. 1" in 2003 and all the future volumes released: "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 earned Kitaro Grammy Nominations for Best New Age Album.
The global admiration for Kitaro and his music that unites the world is, of all things, real and constant. His desire to continually breaking new ground and blur the lines between musical genres is visible on Kitaro's "Spiritual Garden" in 2006.
In 2007, Kitaro launched his "Love And Peace World Tour" in conjunction with the Ku-Kai series. He has performed in The Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Greece, India, Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico, China, Jakarta, and Uruguay in order to help spread his goal of world peace.
His 2010 release, "Impressions of the West Lake" (Featuring vocalist and Chinese pop diva Jane Zhang) captured the artist's 13th Grammy nomination and was hailed by critics as a cultural masterpiece. It was written for the modern day opera by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yimou. Kitaro also provided music for Japanese American documentary movies "Toyo's Camera", "442-Live with Honor, Die with Dignity" by director Junichi Suzuki and released same titled soundtrack albums.
In 2011, Kitaro started his Asian tour entitled "The Silk Road – East & West" and performed for more than 40,000 fans. Also, Kitaro participated the event MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy) and shared the stage with Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, The Doobie Brothers and other world-top artists.
Kitaro's latest project in 2012 is the collaboration album, "Let Mother Earth Speak" with world-renowned Native American activist, Dennis banks. With a focus on world and inner-peace, the unique mix of Kitaro's music with Native American instruments along with the insight of Dennis Banks makes Let Mother Earth Speak one of the most unique marriages of musical and spoken word driven projects of this or any year.
Kitaro is universally acknowledged as the founding architect of new age music. His 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 pioneering fusion of cultures, techniques and spheres of consciousness that are truly his own.
|··· LIMITED ITEM(S) AVAILABLE|
|09/11/2012||Let Mother Earth Speak|
|09/04/2012||The Ultimate Kitaro Collection Silk Road Journey|
The Light Of The Spirit (Remastered in 2012)
» Remastered 1997 Version Also Available!
|02/28/2012||[MOVIE] An Enchanted Evening Vol. 2 Movie File|
|10/18/2011||Celestial Scenery: Heart Beat Vol. 10|
|10/11/2011||Celestial Scenery: Galactic Flight Vol. 9|
|10/04/2011||Celestial Scenery: Divine Spirit Vol. 8|
|09/27/2011||Celestial Scenery: Fairy Stories Vol. 7|
|09/20/2011||Celestial Scenery: Breezing Universe Vol. 6|
|09/13/2011||Celestial Scenery: Holy Vibration Vol. 5|
|09/06/2011||Celestial Scenery: Eternal Trip Vol. 4|
|08/30/2011||Celestial Scenery: Faraway Land Vol. 3|
|08/23/2011||Celestial Scenery: Silent Praying Vol. 2|
|08/16/2011||Celestial Scenery: Silkroad Legend Vol. 1|
|07/12/2011||Mizu Ni Inori Te|
|11/09/2010||442 - Extreme Patriots of WWII: Kitaro's Story Scape|
|09/14/2010||Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai Vol. 4|
|08/17/2010||Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai Sampler Volumes 1-4|
|07/20/2010||442 -Live with Honor, Die with Dignity- Original Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|12/15/2009||Kitaro Digital Box Set|
|04/28/2009||Impressions of the West Lake|
|03/10/2009||TOYO'S CAMERA -Japanese American History during WWII- Soundtrack|
|11/06/2007||The Definitive Collection|
|09/25/2007||Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai Vol. 3|
|11/07/2006||The Essential Kitaro Vol. 2|
|11/07/2006||The Essential Kitaro|
|02/22/2005||Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai Vol. 2|
|10/08/2002||daylight, moonlight Kitaro Live In Yakushiji|
|09/09/2003||Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai Vol. 1|
|02/25/2003||Best of Silk Road|
|07/09/2002||The Soong Sisters|
|02/26/2002||An Ancient Journey|
|11/02/1999||Thinking Of You|
|2001||Best Of Kitaro|
|02/09/1999||Best Of Kitaro Vol. 2|
|1999||Live in America|
|05/19/1998||Gaia - Onbashira|
|08/05/1997||Best of Ten Years (1976 - 1986)|
The Light Of The Spirit (1997)
» Newly Remastered 2012 Version Also Available!
|09/17/1996||Peace On Earth||
|04/23/1996||Kitaro's World Of Music Yu-Xiao Guang|
|06/29/1995||An Enchanted Evening|