[Special Set] Kitaro '00 Release Series
Kitaro ’00 Release Series
This set includes:
- An Ancient Journey (2001)
- Spiritual Garden (2006)
- Impressions Of The West Lake (2009)
An Ancient Journey
This two-disc set featuring 19 compositions is a wonderful glimpse into the great civilizations past through the eyes of musical pioneer and Grammy Award winning composer, Kitaro. In An Ancient Journey, Kitaro takes his audience on a trek to worlds far away. Listeners embark on a mysterious crusade, witnessing "the texture, life and spirit of the world's ancient people." Traditional Middle Eastern and Chinese instruments in addition to one of his favorite technological advances, the analogue synthesizer, make An Ancient Journey a melodic voyage, which is vintage Kitaro. In addition to his signature arrangements, the recording features a new addition to Kitaro's musician family, Kristin Kanda on flute.
Kitaro was commissioned to record the accompanying soundtrack to the NHK television special, "Messages From the Past".
Always breaking new ground and constantly blurring the lines between musical genres, Kitaro's new release, Spiritual Garden is inspired by the Harupin-Ha Butoh Dance of Koichi Tamano. It follows Kitaro's vision first visited by the artist on his Tamayura DVD.
Unique to this project is Kitaro's collaboration with wife, Keiko. Performing with her for the very first time on CD, Spiritual Garden is a collection of all-new music inspired by the Butoh dance, brilliantly and expertly executed by the 12 time Grammy nominated artist.
Impressions Of The West Lake
52nd GRAMMY NOMINEE BEST NEW AGE ALBUM
Impressions Of The West Lake is a modern day opera conceived and directed by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yimou (Hero, Curse of the Golden Flower), the visionary artist behind the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. The production is highlighted by music composed by the Grammy and Golden Globe Award winning artist Kitaro. This pairing of East-meets-West is a rare combination of two artists at the peak of their creative talents.
The opera also marks a reunion for Kitaro and music arranger Randy Miller, the pair's first effort together since the Golden Globe-winning soundtrack to Oliver Stone's 1993 film Heaven and Earth. This opera is another impressive credit for Miller, whose lengthy career as a composer, orchestrator, and conductor for films includes such highlights as Without Limits, First Snow, and The Soong Sisters (Best Original Score, Hong Kong Film Award). The show's soundtrack also features rising Chinese pop star Jane Zhang, a gifted young performer who provides stunning vocals to the production on the title track, "Impressions Of The Westlake".