Label: Polydor - 829 006-1 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Australia • Genre: Electronic • Style: Ambient
His style fuses contemplative, highly melodic synthesizer work with acoustic instrumentation, drawing from Eastern musical traditions as well as folk, classical, and rock influences. In the early '70s, Kitaro formed the Far East Family Bandwhich released two albums of progressive rock.
Inhowever, he met the innovative German synthesist Klaus Schulze during a trip to Europe. Kitaro was hooked. He built his first synthesizer and began experimenting with all kinds of unusual sounds.
His first solo album, Astral Voyage, appeared in and quickly gained a cult following. Two years later, he produced the first of several soundtracks for Silk Road, a Japanese television documentary series that ran for five years. Several albums of music from Silk Road were released to a growing international contingent of fans who admired his combination of lush, majestic textures and gentle, almost naive, melodies.
Kitaro, however, was still considered an underground artist in America until he signed with Geffen Records inwhich re-released seven of his earlier albums and gave him the support to expand his scope in many ways.
For instance, after years of creating albums in the privacy of his home studio near Japan's Mt. The album featured an array of American musicians and garnered Kitaro his first Pradizer Adieu - Larry Baskett - Poor Boy Blue many Grammy nominations in the New Age category.
That same year, Kitaro also made his first live tour of Delight - Kitaro - Towards The West America and sold two million albums in the U. Kitaro's style had changed as well, becoming more theatrical and assertive while retaining a certain level of innocence and purity.
His subsequent recordings showed a renewed interest in the rock and pop elements that originally attracted him to music in the late '60s.
Aside from collaborations with Harthe also worked with Yes vocalist Jon Anderson on the album Dream, and co-produced Scenes, a solo album by former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman. Both albums were released in InKitaro released the soundtrack to Cirque Ingenieux, a production bound for the Broadway stage.
Thinking of You followed two years later, and Ancient appeared in spring It was well received, leading to a sequel of sorts in the like-minded Ancient Journey in His contributions on the soundtrack to the controversial Chinese Delight - Kitaro - Towards The West The Soong Sisters came out the same year, as did a live album and DVD.
Its soundtrack was released as Impressions of the West Lake in Kitaro's solo album Final Call was released inand the live album Symphony Live in Istanbul followed a year later. Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai, Vol. Listen to Kitaro now. Listen to Kitaro in Delight - Kitaro - Towards The West in the Spotify app Play on Spotify. To play this content, you'll need the Spotify app.
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