Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winner Kitaro debuts his “Symphonic World Tour 2014” with Santa Rosa Symphony.
Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14, 2014 -- 8 pm
Kitaro, composer and musician
Keiko Takahashi, keyboards and special effects
Dan Antunovich, bass
Jasper de Roos, drums
Jessica Hindin, violin
Santa Rosa Symphony
Stephen Small, music director and conductor
Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning artist (and Sonoma County resident) Kitaro will debut his first-ever Eastern European Tour and extensive live production with a full orchestra on Friday, February 14, 2014 at Weill Hall, Green Music Center. The Santa Rosa Symphony performs with the world-renowned “founding architect of New Age music” in a performance that benefits Sonoma Land Trust, Everybody is a Star Foundation and the Santa Rosa Symphony’s educational programs.
Concert will include performances of Kitaro's most memorable music from Silk Road and Kojiki.
Kitaro is celebrating his 15th Grammy nomination—more Grammy nominations in the category of “Best New Age Album” than anyone else—for his new release, Final Call.
Tickets for this unique benefit concert are $40, $65, $80
Limited Premier Seating: $250 includes a post-concert VIP reception with Kitaro.
For over a quarter century, Kitaro has been an internationally- recognized icon, globally acclaimed composer and musician. He’s one of the founding architects of the New Age music category and movement. Influenced by American rock and R&B, 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.
After several years in the Japanese music group Far East Family Band, Kitaro became a solo artist in 1978, and released his first album entitled Astral Voyage. In 1980, he created the theme song for Japanese national TV broadcast, NHK’s TV show featuring Silk Road. The show had enormous success and increased Kitaro’s recognition worldwide. Kitaro released the soundtrack albums Silk Road and Silk Road Vol.2. In 1984, he toured in Asia as a first-ever Japanese musician who performed in Taiwan and China. In 1985, he signed worldwide contract with Geffen Records. In 1987, Kitaro created the Grammy-nominated The Light Of the Spirit a collaboration with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart. This album exceeded two million dollars in sales in the U.S. alone.
Kitaro considers his album Kojikione of his finest efforts. Nominated for his 34th Grammy, Kojiki reached the Billboard Top 200 Pop Charts at #159, an amazing feat for an album in the New Age genre. The album also became #1 Top New Age Album for 8 weeks.
In 1992, Kitaro released transcendent Dream, a collaboration with Yes’s Jon Anderson. After release, this was another Kitaro hit and Kitaro was nominated for another Grammy. Working with acclaimed director Oliver Stone, in 1994 Kitaro won a Golden Globe Award for his Heaven & Earth Original Soundtrack. That same year, Kitaro signed with Domo Records and received Grammy nominations for 1994’s Mandala and 1995’s An Enchanted Evening.
In 1997, Kitaro produced music for the Broadway production “Cirque Ingenieux” and released the original soundtrack. The following year, Kitaro’s soundtrack album “The Soong Sisters” received Best Original Music Award from the Hong Kong Film Award as well as the Taiwan Golden Film Festival and Award. In 1998, Kitaro was invited to become an Olympic musician and perform Taiko Drums at the closing ceremony of Nagano Winter Olympics.
In 2000, Kitaro’s Thinking Of You won a Grammy for Best New Age Album. Kitaro credits this Grammy to the philosophy that fundamentally, at its heart, his music is always about sending a profound message of peace and spiritual development, both personally and globally.
In 2007, Kitaro launched his “Love And Peace World Tour.” He has performed in The Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Greece, India, Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico, China, Jakarta, and Uruguay in order to help spread his goal of world peace.
His 2010 release, Impressions of the West Lake (Featuring vocalist and Chinese pop diva Jane Zhang) captured the artist’s 13th Grammy nomination and was hailed by critics as a cultural masterpiece. It was written for the modern day opera by internationally-acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yimou. Kitaro also provided music for Japanese American documentary movies Toyo’s Camera and 442-Live with Honor, Die with Dignity by director Junichi Suzuki and released soundtrack albums.
In 2011, Kitaro started his Asian tour entitled “The Silk Road – East & West” and performed for more than 40,000 fans. Also, Kitaro participated in the event MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy) and shared the stage with Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, The Doobie Brothers and other world-top artists.
Kitaro’s 2012 project was the collaboration album, Let Mother Earth Speak with world-renowned Native American activist Dennis Banks. With a focus on world and inner peace, the unique mix of Kitaro’s music with Native American instruments along with the insight of Dennis Banks makes Let Mother Earth Speak one of the most unique marriages of musical and spoken word driven projects of this or any year.
Kitaro’s latest album, Final Call, was released in September 2013. As a homage to Kitaro’s life-long reverence for Nature, the album is a voyage of introspection specifically concerned about how we treat our planet.
Kitaro’s various sound collaborations and resonant, multi-textured compositions truly defy the constraints of any genre. This Grammy and Golden Globe-winning artist has garnered global acclaim over a more than three-decade-long career with a signature sound and a pioneering fusion of cultures, techniques and spheres of consciousness that are truly his own.