Kitaro & Hiroki Okano perform The Winds Of Heaven

Kitaro and Hiroki Okano perform at the Tenkawa Benzaiten Shrine in Yoshino, Nara, Japan on November 3rd, 2019 Review

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Hiroki Okano’s Emergence From Awai: Music For Helio Compass 2021

Album Release Date: May 21, 2020

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Emergence From Awai: Music For Helio Compass 2021 is a 50-minute grand musical score by Hiroki Okano featuring AKIRA∞IKEDA

“This 2021 version of the HELIO COMPASS music series is now the fifth collaboration with Hiroki Okano, Japan’s leading ambient music composer. Through this project, we have strived to craft unconventional musical works by rendering the one-year movement of the entire solar system to a grand musical score. The fourth work, entitled Quantum Leap Breeze: Music For Helio Compass 2020,stirred up the global ambient music scene. Even though this recording spans a lengthy 50 minutes,many radio stations in the U.S.A. aired the work in full, while in the U.K. it reached number 13 on the ambient music chart. We are delighted to see this series blazing a new trail in the world of music. 

This 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 twenty four seasonal divisions and the moon phases, as well as planetary alignments. Opening with a sound to ring in the Vernal Equinox,the music goes on, past the Autumnal Equinox halfway through its course, to complete a full-circle journey from the year 2021 to 2022. As one single breath is likened to a human life, this one piece of music represents the one-year cycle of the vastness of time and space.

Thanks to AKIRA∞IKEDA, the Kyoto-based musician who collaborated with Helio Compass in this recording. The entire composition strikes the perfect balance between the sounds created by these two talented artists. The music they perform is harmonized with the sounds of nature, such as songs of Japanese bush warblers in Kitayama, Kyoto; the babbling of a brook in Yakushima; insects chirping in the Three Mountains of Dewa; the sounds of sudden showers in the tropic and waves in Maui; and the songs of whales. It is as though their music resonates the spirit of all life on Earth.

Since the beginning of the year 2020, we have been facing unprecedented challenges, such as natural disasters, the Covid-19 pandemic, and political and economical tensions. It is certain that these moments signify a major turning point globally. We are pleased to release the 2021 version,envisioning our new future in which humankind will work in cooperation on this planet, in our universe” – Hiroki Okano

Music by Hiroki Okano, featuring AKIRA∞IKEDA
Natural sound designed by Hiroki Okano
Natural sound recorded by Hiroki Okano, AKIRA∞IKEDA, Satoru Nakada, Hiroyuki Nakano
Recorded by Hiroki Okano, AKIRA∞IKEDA
Mixed by Hiroki Okano
Mastered by Hiroki Okano, Daichi Yuhara (Studio You)
Additional musicians: Miwafuku, Junko Okano
Concept designed by Kaichi Sugiyama 
Illustrated & Designed by Emi Sugiyama
Translation by Sayako Kidokoro (TRUNK)  
Collaboration Partner: Ecological Memes Global Forum 2021 
Emergence From AWAI: Regenerating Human-Nonhuman Relations

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New Age Music Guide reviews Seda Bagcan’s Mantrance Joy

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If you want to take your meditation to the next level, look no further. “Mantrance Joy” is an upbeat and ecstatic collection of remixed mantras from Seda Bağcan’s previous albums. You will sense right away that this is an album made with the listener in mind; there are even extended versions of each song included. Seda Bağcan has delivered a phenomenal release filled to the brim with joy, rhythm, and fantastic mantra melodies.

Seda Bağcan‘s musical life began at a very early age; when she was six, she had her first concert experience accompanying the Ankara Radio Turkish Music Orchestra and Choir. She was seven years old when she began taking piano and harmony lessons, at the same time, she became a member of the Ankara Music Association’s Children’s choir. Since 1990 she has been practicing Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga, and Jivamukti Yoga. She is a yoga teacher and a performing artist who conducts yoga classes. During her yoga performing sessions, she discovered mantra music.

In her albums, recorded with dedication and love, Seda aimed to mingle Turkish music sounds with the mantras. As a result, a perfect musical compilation of Seda has been accomplished in her first album, “Sunrise” and then the second album “Remember“. In 2012 she released her third album, “Sufi Soul Neyim“. About “Mantrance Joy”, Seda says: “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.”

Wahe Joi
The album opener is called “Wahe Joi”. The mantra of ecstasy sounds ecstatic in every sense of the word. The arrangement is a delightful and highly danceable mix of electro and trance. Seda Bağcan’s magnificent vocal is our guide in this divine soundscape. There’s even a violin somewhere in the background. And most importantly, it is highly meditative.

The “Har Har Gobinde” mantra breaks down the barriers of the past. I love the trance intro and the super optimistic sound of the mantra. The steel-string instrument is also a nice touch, connecting us with the past. And wow, what a treat “Triple Mantra” is! It is so dark and enigmatic, but Bağcan is lucky here to guide us along. There’s a hint of house music, too but at center stage is the ancient-sounding flute. “Triple Mantra” is bold and inspired.

Mul Mantra
Moving on, the quick and refreshing “Mul Mantra” makes the heart beat faster, while the glorious “Adi Shakti” has a nice pop vibe. The “Guru Ram Das” mantra is fantastic in any context, and Seda’s version is beautiful beyond words. Its larger-than-life sound feels deeply healing.

The ballad “Wahe Guru Wahe Jio” is the unforgettable album closer, giving the listener a warm feeling that lasts for a long time. But don’t take my word for it. Check it out yourself:

As mentioned above, all mantras have an extended version – making this into a true treasure chest for new and old fans!

In conclusion: Artists often call their music a gift to the world. That is often, at best, an overstatement. Listening to “Mantrance Joy” though, that such a statement seems to be an undeniable truth. It really is a gift! It is impossible to feel sad while listening to “Mantrance Joy”. Indeed, I find it hard to sit still when playing the hyper-modern versions of these ancient mantras. Get ready to feel some genuine mantrance joy!!

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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.

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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.”

All My Love
Worlds Collide
Light Of Love
Path Of Light
Come And Find Me

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.

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

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

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