Japanese Artist Kitaro Begins Series of Releases and World Tour!


Bingkai Karya-Honorable musician and synth player Kitaro, who was nominated 17 times for the Grammy Award for Best New Age Album in 2001 and won the Golden Globe for Best Original Score, has released two eagerly awaited new CD and video sets in June and July.

Last November, Kitaro held a special concert at Daishizan Seidaiji Temple in Japan’s Katsuyama City. The event was in collaboration with Akira Hasegawa, known as the founder of projection mapping, who displayed a set of digital hanging scrolls. The concert filled the interior of the Great Buddha Hall with a mystical light, enchanting the audience.

The Tour and Releases

Next, on July 17, a CD and DVD set titled “Kukai 1250 Live in Zentsuji” will be released. It features recordings of a concert by Kitaro and Hiroki Okano titled “Kukai,” in 2023 at Zentsuji Temple in Kagawa Prefecture. This concert aims to commemorate the 1,250th anniversary of the birth of Kobo Daishi, also known as Kukai. It is the monk who established the Shingon school of Buddhism a dozen centuries ago. 

This release features a detailed collection of unmissable performances by two world-renowned musicians: Kitaro, whose music has captivated audiences across the globe, and Hiroki Okano, who has performed at ceremonies around the world for over three decades. The DVD also includes footage and audio recordings of a historic concert held at Zentsuji Temple, the birthplace of Kukai. As well as an improvised performance accompanied by the stunning work of master calligrapher Fuyoh Kobayashi.

Kitaro also recently completed a world tour titled “THE BEST OF KITARO LIVE IN 2024 TOUR.” Began on June 23 at Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting in Malaysia. Followed by two sold-out shows at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on June 25 and 26. On June 28, he performed for the first time at Rainforest World Music Festival 2024. It took place in Sarawak, Malaysia, attracting music lovers from all over the world. Kitaro was the headliner at the 27th edition of the festival, which drew some 10,000 music fans.

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