Kitaro – Live In Genting (Love and Peace Tour Concert) – 1/12/2007
I had a great time in Genting last weekend watching Kitaro’s concert! As a long time fan of Kitaro, this only renewed my interest in his music where I almost bought all his albums back in the mid- 90s. I was seated near the stage, almost 4-5 rows away and to the right. Well, the sound of his taiko drum was so loud that my heart almost fell out, especially when he’s playing Matsuri !! It was really a great night especially since this is the first time I saw him in real person and …. of course, performing! And, the cool climate in Genting adds up to a wonderful night.
Kitaro will be performing in Singapore Indoor Stadium on 6 Dec 2007. Anyway, I found a great site which contained some high resolution pictures – Oddstuff Picture Gallery
Here’s an article on the concert review by The Star Paper:-
Kitaro thrills with his brand of New Age music
GENTING HIGHLANDS: He arrived, mesmerised and called it a night. That’s what acclaimed Japanese musician Kitaro did when he wowed 6,000 fans at the Arena of Stars here yesterday.
The 54-year-old self-taught musician had the audience spellbound with his brand of East-meets-West contemplative, New Age music.
Not a word did he speak till the end but his music was enough to keep the audience thrilled.
Playing 12 pieces including Silk Road, Hajimari, Koi, Kokoro part 2 and Taiko-Oasis, Kitaro who is here with his five-member entourage as part of his Love and Peace Tour 2007, was every bit entertaining.
Quivering with passion, he melodiously played the traditional flute, synthesiser, drums and even howled like a werewolf.
There were some technical glitches that caused the sound system to act up but despite this, the crowd went wild when he started playing the popular Matsuri.
For some, it was probably the only tune they recognised judging from the thunderous applause.
Kitaro, whose real name is Masanori Takahashi, was nominated twice for a Grammy and his soundtrack (for the movie Heaven & Earth) won a 1994 award for best original score.
His biggest musical success was the Grammy Award 2001 for his album Thinking of You. To date, he has cut 35 albums.
As the two-hour concert drew to a close, Kitaro finally took the microphone and said:
“In this world, there are a lot of problems but we can take care of it?isn’t it? Say Yes!” To which, the crowd responded with a resounding “Yes!”.
The night concluded when he paid tribute to Anita Mui by dedicating an old Chinese hit called The Light of the Spirit.
“May the light follow her to heaven,” said an emotional Kitaro before wrapping up with another number and a standing ovation. – The STAR
Here’s his biography:-
|“The legendary musician has defined new age music with his unique East-meets-West style…“ – The Sun, Entertainment Column dated 29th Mar 2000|
|1953||–||Kitaro was born in 1953 as Masanori Takahashi in Toyohasi, Japan. His parents were shintoistic farmers. In high school, he loved Soul and Rhythm & Blues. He learned playing electric guitar and performed with his band “Albatross” on parties and in clubs. “Kitaro” was named by his friends after a Japanese TV cartoon character.|
|1972||–||Kitaro musical direction changed when he visited Europe and met Klaus Schulze, the innovative German synthesis from Tangerine Dream. In the early seventies, he switched to keyboards and formed the Far East Family Band, released two albums of progressive rock that was a rough form of impressionistic music that would become his signature style.|
|1978||–||Kitaro started on his own solo career. “Astral Voyage”, his debut album was released, a story about a man in the universe rendered in sound, it was called “mind music” by critics.|
|1981||–||Kitaro’s second album was “Full Moon Story”. This was followed by the first of several soundtracks which Kitaro did for “Silk Road” a series on Japanese National TV (NTV).|
|1982 / 1983||–||Kitaro scored the sci-fi animated movie “Queen Millenia”, toured Japan and released ‘The World Of Kitaro” with the London National Philharmonic. Released “Silver Cloud”.|
|1984||–||Performed throughout Asia and recorded “Asia Live in Shanghai” during the tour.|
|1985 / 1986||–||Kitaro signed up with Greffen Records. His first Greffen release was “Towards The West” followed immediately by “Tenku” – a reflection of Kitaro’s meditation on childhood, and the release of his six earlier albums. Under the Greffen label, Kitaro was able to penetrate the American market. His album, “The Light of the Spirit” was co-produced with Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead), featured an array of American musicians and included instruments such as the harmonica and for the first time, the human voice.|
|1987||–||By then, Kitaro has sold 10,000,000 albums worldwide.|
|1988||–||“Ten Years”, a double album collection of Kitaro’s greatest hits was released. Kitaro’s single, “The Field” from “The Light of the Spirit was nominated for a Grammy.|
|1993 / 1994||–||Kitaro’s soundtrack for the movie “Heaven & Earth” won a Golden Globe award. After “Heaven & Earth”, he worked on the soundtrack for “The Soong Sisters”.|
|1998||–||His “Gaia Onbashira”, inspired by the extraordinary festival in Nagano, Japan was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best New Age Performance category.|
|1999||–||Shifted over to Domo Records label. His latest album “Thinking of You” was released. Kitaro notes, “You in the title of this album signifies people who close to me, people who have passed away or those who have gone far away from me. On this release, I tried to speak to each one of them in musical expression”. The concept came to Kitaro when a water pipe at his house burst, ruining one of his most prized possessions, his piano. “I loved that piano so much. To me, it was human. As I thought about the instrument, I began thinking deeply and fondly of my friends and family..”, Kitaro added “I consciously reduced the complexity of the music to return to a more simple sound. I feel I’ve returned to the time when I first started making music”. The cover of this album featured a shot of his piano.|
|Present||–||Today, Kitaro lives outside Boulder/Colorado USA on a 180-acre spread and composes his latest songs in his 2500 sq ft home studio “Mochi House” which is large enough to hold a 70-piece orchestra.|