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over a quarter century, Japan's Kitaro has been an internationally
recognized icon and globally acclaimed composer and musician. Influenced
early on by American rock and R&B, Kitaro began experimenting
with synthesizers and a rainbow of un-conventional sounds in the
mid-'70s. 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.
1980's Volume 1 in the revered Silk Road series is considered an all-time masterpiece, with subsequent volumes only adding to its luster. '87's GRAMMY-nominated The Light Of The Spirit, a collaboration with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart, exceeded sales of two million in the U.S. alone, elevating Kitaro's presence Stateside to an unprecedented degree. 1992's transcendent Dream, made with Yes' Jon Anderson, was also a smash, and other highlights are too numerous to single out.
2000's Thinking Of You, which online music bible allmusic.com
called "one of the most beautiful CDs of all time," won
a GRAMMY for Best New Age Album, and Kitaro is universally acknowledged
as a founding architect of the genre. That being said, Kitaro's atmospheric,
powerfully emotive, and multi-textured music truly defies the constraints
of any genre, epitomizing what Domo Records founder Eiichi Naito
identifies as the label's guiding principle—"To provide
a home for both the creators and aficionados of quality music beyond
the borders of categorization."
Most fundamentally, at its heart, Kitaro's music is always about sending a profound message of peace and spiritual development, both personally and globally. With Sacred Journey Of Ku-kai Volume 2, the artist's lifelong vision coalesces into an elegant and wondrously integrated master work. The first in an important series, it offers a beautifully expressed and richly resonant experience through which to contemplate our changing world.
Copyright © 2007 Kitaro & Domo Music Group