by Kitaro

Release Date: 12 June 2012
Format: CD
Publisher: DOMO Records
ISBN: 794017312019

Kitaro continues his sacred pilgrimage to the 88 temples of Shikoku with the fourth album in his "Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai" series. The virtuoso composer and synthesizer innovator fills the pieces of this album with a reverent peacefulness, pairing Asian influences with his emotive synth tones, that at times float by like petals on the water and at others dramatic swoop like a bird in flight. Like the other entries in the series, the music is less dramatically than the material of Kitaro's proper albums, focusing on meditative, tranquil melodies. Violinist Steve Kindler joins Kitaro, adding his sublime strings to the mix, which gives the music an added dose of symphonic splendor, alongside Paul Pesco on guitar, Keiko Takahashi and Diana Dentino on keyboards and Voyce McGinley on percussion.

This limited edition two-LP set is pressed on 180-gram weight vinyl for longer life and superior sound quality, in double deluxe gatefold packaging. Fourth in a series of works and peace-themed albums inspired by the classic Buddhist pilgrimage to the 88 sacred temples on Japan?s remote Shikoku Island. Inspired by a journey taken by the beloved Buddhist monk Ku-Kai over a millennium ago, Kitaro continues to explore uncharted waters with his magnificently expansive vision and ever-questing spirit.

Featured Artists
Kitaro: keyboards
Steven Kinder: violin
Paul Pesco: electric & acoustic guitar
Keiko Takahashi: keyboards
Diana Dentino: keyboards
Voyce McGinley: percussion

Track Listing
- Lotus Mountain, - Yakushi
- Magic Seeds
- Reflection Of Water
- South Wind
- Circle Pray
- Requiem
- Ritual Winds

Press Quotes
"Kitaro's style is the epitome of the contemplative, highly melodic synthesizer music."

"Kitaro sculpts a music that balances between pastoral and deep space environments, desert flute melodies and arcing synthesizer solos. Sacred Journey of Ku-kai retains the classic Kitaro sound of the 1980s but is played now with a renewed spirit." John Diliberto, Billboard

1. Lotus Mountain
2. Yakushi
3. Magic Seeds
4. Reflection Of Water
5. South Wind
6. Circle Pray
7. Requiem
8. Ritual Winds

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