Kitaro Lands His 16th Grammy Nomination

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Another Grammy nomination has been landed by the founder of the New Age genre, Kitaro.

Kitaro (Domo Records)

Kitaro (Domo Records)

The Grammy and Golden Globe-winning artist has received his 16th Grammy nomination for a project recorded with a full orchestra, entitled “Symphony Live in Istanbul” (Domo Records).

Kitaro debuted his extensive all-new live production with a full orchestra on Feb. 14, 2013 with the Santa Rosa Symphony at Weill Hall at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park. The production then hit the international circuit with stops in Warsaw, Moscow, Bucharest, Istanbul and other historic locations.

Commenting on the Grammy nomination, Kitaro said, “It has always been my dream to perform with a full orchestra in these beautiful and historic cities. This Grammy nomination is very special to me.”

He added, “In 1980, I began composing and producing music about the passageway and excursions of the Silk Road. This past spring, I embarked upon my first symphonic tour that reached Russia, Eastern and Central Europe, and had the distinct pleasure of performing in Istanbul, a place where from ancient times to modern times has flourished as an important hub of the Silk Road where Europe and Asia meet.

kitaro live in istanbul“I am extremely grateful that my dream of performing in Istanbul finally came true. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and in addition to my many experiences, I met a host of great people from Istanbul and the neighboring countries. As a remembrance of my amazing music caravan and as a tribute to those I encountered along the way, I recorded this musical experience and performance as a CD. It is my gift to everyone, in Istanbul and around the world, to experience and enjoy.”

The CD was recorded at the Halic Congress Center in Istanbul, Turkey over two evenings in March 2014. It features new musical material as well as eight of Kitaro’s most requested and popular compositions.

This album includes Kitaro’s Golden Globe award-winning theme from the Oliver Stone film “Heaven and Earth,” music from his critically acclaimed “Kojiki” album and “Silk Road” soundtrack, and two compositions from his Grammy-winning album “Thinking of You.” New material includes a previously unreleased composition, “Kokoro (Part II).”

For more information on Kitaro, visit www.domomusicgroup.com.

The other nominees in the New Age category are “Bhakti” by Paul Avgerinos, “Ritual” by Peter Kater and R. Carlos Nakai, “Winds of Samsara” by Ricky Kej and Wouter Kellerman, and “In Love and Longing” by Silvia Nakkach and David Darling.

Nominees in other categories include:

Best Regional Roots Music Album — “Hanu ‘A’ala” by Kamaka Kukona

Best World Music Album — “Our World in Song” by Wu Man, Luis Conte and Daniel Ho. (Ho won six Grammys and a total of 10 nominations for Best Hawaiian Music Album before the category was discontinued in 2011.)

Best Recording Passage — “Formosa Medicine Show,” David Chen and Andrew Wong, art directors

Best Boxed or Special Limited-Edition Package — “A Letter Home” (Neil Young), Gary Burden and Jenice Heo, art directors

Best Music Film — “20 Feet from Stardom,” featuring Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer and Judith Hill; Morgan Neville, video director; Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers, video producers

For a complete list of Grammy nominees, visit www.grammy.com/nominees.

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