DRAGONFLY by Dave Eggar

Album Release Date : February 2, 2024
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Over the past two and a half decades, Dave Eggar’s earned rock star status in pop music world as first-call cellist and string arranger for superstars like Coldplay, Evanescence, John Legend, Lewis Capaldi and Bebe Rexha and Foreigner. Yet for the multi-talented veteran musician, the piano has always been the ultimate place of solace since his childhood days as a classical prodigy. Even as the four-time Grammy nominee has amassed hundreds of string credits, the piano compositions on his solo albums – from his 1998 debut Serenity to his prodigious latest release Dragonfly – reveal a truer artistry that comes alive in a space where he connects with people more deeply and emotionally. 

Co-written and produced, like Eggar’s 2021 album Awakening, by drummer, percussionist and songwriter Chuck Palmer, Dragonfly is a thematically expansive yet musically intimate collection which, true to the title’s mythological implications, finds Eggar exploring the concepts of metamorphosis, self-realization and the insight of clear vision. It’s all with an eye towards helping us meet the great challenges of a post pandemic world, rise above the darkness and discover exciting new possibilities. The symbolism of the Dragonfly – brilliantly embodied by the colorful, intricate cover illustration and artwork – made perfect sense as a reflection of a hopeful embrace of a new era. 

| T R A C K S |
01. Prelude
02. The Darkness (For Andrew)
03. Embark
04. Encircled
05. Dragonfly (For Gomeo)
06. Soliloquy
07. Shards Of Light
08. Sorrows Return (For Ronnie)
09. Memories Of NY (featuring Bristol Lightning)
10. Lullaby Of Kingston
11. Coral
12. Road Trip (featuring Bristol Lightning)
13. Onwards

| C R E D I T S |
Piano, Cello : Dave Eggar
Produced by Chuck Palmer
Recorded by Davis Hart, Matt Smile
Mixed by Brendan Muldowney, Johnny Nice
Executive Producer : Eiichi Naito
Artists + Repertoire : Dino Malito
Mastering : Gavin Lurssen
Graphic Design : Kio Griffith

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PEACE : GOLDEN MANTRAS FOR PEACEFUL MINDS by Seda Bağcan

Album Release Date : January 26, 2024
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“Peace: Golden Mantras for Peaceful Minds” is Seda’s eighth album with Domo Music Group.  It reminds us how deeply connected we are with all of those around us. These soothing and melodic mantras, which are all written and composed by Seda herself, enable us to eliminate pain, expand our creativity, and raise our consciousness. By eliminating negative forces and connecting with your infinite self beyond the physical realm, one will be able to live their true path with purpose, as the way that it is intended to be.

All the instruments were tuned to 444 Hz to connect the listener to positive energy and mend emotional and physical afflictions.

| T R A C K S |
01. Peace Mantra
02. Om Mani Padme Hum
03. Akira Maru
04. Ang Sang Wahe Guru
05. Om Shanti
06. Om Tare Tu Tare
07. Sat Nam
08. Sat Nam Chanting
09. Bir Ben Vardir Bende
10. One Moment Of Peace

| C R E D I T S |
Produced by Seda Bağcan
Vocals: Seda Bağcan
Recorded by Ekin Eri, Deneb Pinjo
Mixed and Mastered by Deneb Pinjo
Executive Producer : Eiichi Naito
Artists + Repertoire : Dino Malito 

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GLOBAL VILLAGE FOUNDATION honors Kitaro with Bridge To Peace Award

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 18, 2023) 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.

On November 18, the Global Village Foundation honored Kitaro with the Bridge To Peace award for his extraordinary commitment to environmental and humanitarian activism. The event also marked the 30-year anniversary of Kitaro’s award-winning musical contribution to Oliver Stone’s Heaven & Earth film, a movie based on real life events of Le Ly Hayslip in Vietnam.

Special thanks to Le Ly Hayslip, Oliver Stone, the members of the Global Village Foundation and all that worked together for this special evening.

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HYDRIA by Stableford

Album Release Date : May 11, 2023
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Hydria is the sophomore album by Stableford, conceived, composed and performed by Stephen Small.  Also appearing on the album are Dan Antunovich (bass) and Jasper De Roos (drums).

The Hydria album explores the relationship between Classical music, Metal and New Age music.  Although primarily a keyboardist, Stephen’s interest in progressive guitar music, synthesizers and orchestration resulted in the two multi-movement long-form tracks, titled Omorfia and Aletheia.  The song titles, meaning Beauty and Truth, are a reference to the Keats poem, Ode On A Grecian Urn.  This was an inspiration behind Stephen’s exploration of the relationships between art, beauty and truth as it applies to his varied tastes in music.

“Many art forms search for objective beauty.  Typically Metal does not, although the virtuoso aspects of metal exemplify beauty in mastery of technique.  A search for beauty is absolutely and unapologetically at the core of New Age music, where virtuoso technique is arguably less of a focus, but often draws from the music qualities of classical forms.  With Hydria, my aim was to find truth at the place where these musical traditions intersect, co-exist and interrelate.” – Stephen Small

| T R A C K S |
01.  Omorfia
02. Aletheia

| C R E D I T S |
Produced by Stephen Small and Scott Seabright
Composed and Arranged by Stephen Small
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Scott Seabright
Stephen Small : Guitar, Piano, Synthesizers
Dan Antunovich : Bass Guitar
Drums : Jasper De Roos
Executive Producer : Eiichi Naito
Artists + Repertoire : Dino Malito
Cover Art Design : Charles Small

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THE EPIC COLLECTION by Kitaro

Album Release Date : March 10, 2023
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The Epic Collection is a 4-DVD Box Set that features three critically acclaimed concert performances by the Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning music icon, Kitaro.  It also includes “Kojiki And The Universe,” a film that intertwines Kitaro’s music with space-age time-lapse video provided by and in cooperation with NASA and Kyoto University.

Kojiki: A Story In Concert 
Kitaro crafts this musical journey from the ancient chronicle that recounts the birth of Japan and its people.  The video captures a memorable performance from Kitaro’s 1990 world-tour.

An Enchanted Evening
An Enchanted Evening takes its cue from nature and spirit.  Full and dramatic, yet surprisingly intimate, Kitaro transports the listener on a far-reaching musical journey that draws refrains of East meets West.  Filmed during concert tour of America in 1995.

Daylight Moonlight: Live In Yakushiji
In a special event for world peace, Kitaro and his ensemble performed at the magnificent Yakushiji temple for a first-ever concert there.  The revered shrine is also the final resting place of Genjo Sanzo, who’s journey on the ancient Silk Road more than a millennium ago, inspired the performance.  

Kojiki And The Universe
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.

| C R E D I T S |
Produced by Kitaro
Executive Producer : Eiichi Naito
Artists + Repertoire, Compilation Producer : Dino Malito
Graphic Design : Kio Griffith

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TENKAWA – PILGRIMAGE OF THE SACRED SOUND by Hiroki Okano

Album Release Date : January 15, 2023
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Tenkawa – Pilgrimage Of The Sacred Sound was recorded live at the Noh stage at the Tenkawa Shrine.  This Shrine is well known as the first shrine in Japan dedicated to the god of water and the performing arts.

Fourteen microphones were precisely installed on the Noh stage to create the immersive 3D sound field and the Dolby Atmos audio experience.

| T R A C K S |
01.  Isuzu
02. Topanga Canyon
03. A Place Of Tenderness
04. Father And Son
05. Inherited Prayer
06. Wind Of Eternity
07. Isuzu
08. Dreamsphere
09. Starry Forest
10. Inherited Prayer 2 – Mother’s Song
11. Kokoro

| C R E D I T S |
Arranged, Composed, Performed Mixed and Produced by Hiroki Okano
Recorded and Mastered by Daichi Yuhara
Executive Producer : Eiichi Naito
Artists + Repertoire : Dino Malito

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Kitaro to perform in Vietnam

Kitaro will join Vietnamese Popstar Ha Anh Tuan in a concert titled “The Glorious Horizon” in the ancient capital of Hoa Lu, in the province of Ninh Bihn in Vietnam on February 24th and 25th, 2023.

The concerts will feature three new compositions that were recently recorded by Ha Anh Tuan and Kitaro.

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SIX MUSICAL PORTRAITS by Kitaro

Album Release Date : November 18, 2022
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Throughout his musical career, Grammy and Golden Globe award-winning composer Kitaro has been a groundbreaking artist known for his amazing live performances and music that blurs the lines between many musical genres.  Kitaro’s uniquely signature style has also been notable for inspirational messages intended to unify our cultures, consciousness and spiritual growth while also reflecting his lifetime reverence of Nature.  

Six Musical Portraits is a compilation of fan favorites that includes Caravansary and the recording that earned Kitaro his first Grammy nomination, The Field, co-produced with Mickey Hart.  The recordings on Six Musical Portraits has been newly remastered from the original source tapes.

| T R A C K S |
01. Dance Of Sarasvati
02. Caravansary
03. Planet
04. The Field
05. Romance
06. Sozo (Abridged)

| C R E D I T S |
Arranged, Composed and Performed by Kitaro
Executive Producer : Eiichi Naito
Artists + Repertoire, Audio Mastering, Liner Notes : Dino Malito
Album Art + Design : Kio Griffith 
Cover Art Photo : Osamu Matsuki


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Kitaro, Exponent of the New Age

This wizard of synthesisers and Grammy and Golden Globe winner has released albums that have become classics of this music genre.

Words: Sébastien Raineri at Pen [ペン]

Multi-instrumentalist and pioneer in New Age music, Kitaro achieved international fame when he released one of the genre’s classic works in 1980, the album Silk Road, composed for the show of the same name, broadcast by the Japanese public channel NHK.

Masanori Takahashi, better known under the pseudonym Kitaro, was born on 4 February 1953 in Toyohashi, Japan. His nickname comes from the famous horror manga by Shigeru Mizuki, Gegege no Kitaro (1959), due to the fact that his hair is similar to that of the main character. As a child, he developed a taste for music by learning the guitar, before turning his attention to keyboards when he formed the progressive rock group The Far East Family Band.

While touring Germany with his group in 1972, he met Klaus Schulze, the drummer for Tangerine Dream, who introduced him to synthesisers and electronic rock. Kitaro subsequently embarked on a solo career, and caught the attention of the New Age community when he released his first album, Astral Voyage, in 1978. The synthesiser became his instrument of choice, allowing him to create a soaring form of electronic rock, enriched by the sounds of Asia.

Connecting people through music

He achieved international renown with Silk Road, the original soundtrack to a documentary on NHK, in which he enhanced the landscapes of the Silk Road with captivating, contemplative compositions. Several follow-ups to the album were also released and allowed Kitaro to enjoy a highly successful career.

With a record sixteen nominations for the Grammy Award for Best New Age Album, he won with Thinking Of You (1999), and received the Golden Globe for best original score for his work on Heaven and Earth (1993), directed by Oliver Stone.

Kitaro has made it his mission to connect humans through his music, which is based on the values of spirituality, love and ecology. Nature occupies an important place in his work, which links it further to the origins of the New Age movement.

A music genre influenced by Asian spirituality and sounds

A product of 1960s American counter-culture, the New Age movement was born out of the combined influence of personal development, esotericism and Asian spirituality. The music genre of the same name tends to create acoustic and electronic sounds that are conducive to meditation  and inner peace. New Age music is inspired by a variety of artists who were themselves a product of multiple genres, like minimalist composers Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Philip Glass, the progressive rock band Pink Floyd, pioneers of the synthesiser like Brian Eno, Vangelis and Jean-Michel Jarre, and jazz musicians like Keith Jarrett, Paul Horn and Pat Metheny. Kitaro adds a new dimension to this music by incorporating elements of his own culture into his work, using traditional Japanese instruments like bamboo flutes (shakuhachishinobuehichiriki) and taiko (Japanese drums).

A prolific artist, Kitaro has recorded dozens of albums that have sold millions of copies worldwide, such as Silver Cloud (1986), The Light Of The Spirit (1987), and Dream (1992) with Jon Anderson. The Japanese musician pursues the idea of uniting popular, traditional and classical music, and seeks to spread a message of peace and universality through compositions that relax the mind.

Kitaro’s discography is available from the Domo Music Group store.

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Land Of The Sun by Himemiko Project

Album Release Date: August 26, 2022

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The Himemiko Project was composed and produced by Seikou Nagaoka. With this project, Seikou seeks to combine the beauty of Japanese culture through music, dance, and visuals.

As a solo artist, Seikou has released the albums “Purple” (2000) and “Romantic Gold” (2009). The track “Speed Of Love” was highly successful in the European club scene, garnering much praise from DJs such as Giles Peterson and Jazzanova.

As a composer, Seikou has written music for many movies, anime and a wide range of artists. His production credits are equally diverse, gifting him a network of musicians and lyricists working in a whole host of genres including traditional Japanese music, classical music and pop music.

Through “Land Of The Sun” by the Himemiko Project, Seikou hopes to create “music made from beautiful prayers.” Music that focuses on the harmony of the Japanese countryside – its seas, mountains, rivers and fields – and combining it with prayers for a more peaceful world. Much inspiration has been drawn from the real life Himemiko, the Saiō – the imperial princesses of old who were appointed head priestesses of the Ise Grand Shrine. 

| C R E D I T S |
Composed and Produced by Seikou Nagaoka
Lyrics by Lynne Hobday and Seikou Nagaoka
Vocals : Sakie Shitara
Hichiriki : Ruriko Yamada
Violin : Shuko Kobayashi
Executive Producer : Eiichi Naito
Artists + Repertoire: Dino Malito

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