Friday, December 28, 2007

The Essential Kitaro (2006)

Kitaro's style is the epitome of the contemplative, highly melodic synthesizer music often associated with the new-age movement. Interestingly enough, this famous Japanese composer taught himself to play electric guitar in high school -- inspired by the R&B music of Otis Redding. In the early '70s, Kitaro formed the Far East Family Band, which released two albums of progressive rock. In 1972, however, he met the innovative German synthesist Klaus Schulze during a trip to Europe. read more ...

Performing over 30 years says a lot about any musician when most only last 3 years. That alone tells you people love Kitaro and his incredible music. This album is a collection of many of his best compositions and it includes a DVD of him and his orchestra performing live. Now the DVD is not spectacular so far as musicians dancing all over the stage, as you often see in a Yanni concert. However, it is a really nice bonus to get to see this amazing musician perform, because if you're like me you love his music but have never been to his concerts. Just one thing that's so nice about Kitaro's music is its depth. Musicians like Yanni and Enya seem to compose music which has one particular sound. Sometimes, in fact, if you listen closely, many of some songs seem to simply repeat themselves in variations of the same melody. Don't get me wrong, I like Yanni and Enya, and obviously so do millions of others, but the scope of their music is limited. Kitaro, on the other hand, composes on much grander and eclectic scales. Also, Enya has produced only a handful of albums where Kitaro has produced 26. I say all this, because Kitaro's music is something everyone who enjoys New Age music really should buy this album for themselves to listen to over and over again. You will not be disappointed. We are proud to include the music of Kitaro in our regular New Age music radio broadcast. By Jon Nipp


1. As the Wind Blows
2. Passage of Life
3. Contortionists
4. Estrella
5. Whisper
6. Itonami
7. Wood Fairy
8. Dance of Sarasvati
9. Scroll Is Read
10. Theme from Silk Road
11. Nagare No Naka De
12. Koi
13. Shizuku

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