In an effort to maneuver him towards their vision, they made arrangements for him to take a job at a local company. In return, he did not show for the job without telling them, and managed to convince them to work on something he loved. His first synthesizer was analog , and he recalls having "just loved the analog sound that it made compared to today's digital sound ".
In the early s he changed completely to keyboard and joined the Japanese progressive rock band Far East Family Band and recorded four albums with them. Schulze produced two albums for the band and gave Kitaro some tips for controlling synthesizers. Back in Japan, Kitaro started his solo career in The first two albums Ten Kai and Daichi were released in and It took a total of 17 years from conception to complete what many consider a landmark in Japan's broadcasting television history.
The documentary was narrated by Ishizaka Koji with music composed by Kitaro, who insisted that the show be broadcast in stereo. The score received a Galaxy Award ,  and the series of soundtracks sold millions of copies. The success created from the program brought Kitaro international attention. In , Kitaro embarked on a "Live in Asia" tour.
Notably, he was forced to cancel a leg in Singapore because he had long hair and at that time the country had a policy banning it. He entered into a worldwide distribution arrangement with Geffen Records in — Due to his combination of electronic and acoustic sounds, mellow music and repeating chords which resembled the umbrella New-age music category in the United States and Europe, his music was labeled as "New-age".
In , his record sales soared to 10 million worldwide following a successful US tour. In was released studio album Kojiki , which was inspired by the Japense 8th century chronicle Kojiki , and it reached on Billboard , and 1 on Billboard New Age albums chart. Since his debut for Domo Records , and the Grammy-nominated Mandala , Kitaro has released 24 studio albums.
The four volumes in the album series were released in , , , and , respectively. In , Kitaro composed the music for Impression West Lake , a large-scale opera, directed by the renowned Chinese film director Zhang Yimou. The one-hour event had its opening night in March Kitaro's latest studio album is Final Call , which is a homage to Kitaro's lifetime reverence for nature and was released in September A year later, in September , his latest live album Symphony Live in Istanbul was released.
It was recorded live at the Halic Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey during Kitaro's Symphonic World Tour, balancing the artist's trademark signature sound and expanding it to new heights with the addition of a piece chamber symphony orchestra.
In to , he launched the "Love and Peace World Tour," an international tour with which Kitaro hoped to inspire his message of world peace with his music. During his visit to Greece, Kitaro met Greek composer Vangelis , and exchanged musical experience and creative ideas. They have a son. In the early s, he moved from Japan to the United States.
Along with Keiko's son, the couple lived in Ward, Colorado , on a acre Golden Globes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. See also: Grammy Nominated Kitaro. Retrieved 22 May Tokyo: Shogakukan. Archived from the original on Retrieved Domo Music Group. December Retrieved August 24, J-Pop World. The Christian Science Monitor. Los Angeles Times.
November Archived from the original on June 20, The Straits Times. September 14, The China Post. November 7, Retrieved 17 March Archived from the original on 21 May Retrieved 7 December Retrieved 21 November Describes the Mochi House studio. Grammy Nominated Rahman Up — Michael Giacchino Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Wikimedia Commons. Electronica , world , folk , classical , new-age. Best New Age Album.
An Enchanted Evening. Thinking Of You. Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai Volume 1. Impressions Of The West Lake. Symphony Live In Istanbul. Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai Vol. Best Original Score. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Kitaro.