Kitarō (喜多郎) (born Masanori Takahashi (高橋正則 Takahashi Masanori) is a Grammy award-winning Japanese musician, composer and multi-instrumentalist.
Inspired by the R&B music of Otis Redding, Kitaro taught himself how to play guitar. He says of teaching himself, „I never had education in music, I just learned to trust my ears and my feelings.” He gives credit for his creations to a power beyond himself. „This music is not from my mind,” he said. „It is from heaven, going through my body and out my fingers through composing. Sometimes I wonder. I never practice. I don’t read or write music, but my fingers move. I wonder, ‘Who’s song is this?’ I write my songs, but they are not my songs.”
His parents were first opposed to the idea of their son having a musical career. They had other plans for him and in an attempt to get him to see their way, made arrangements for him to take a job at a local company. However he left home without telling them before. He supported himself by taking on several part time jobs such as cooking and civil service work while composing songs at night.
In the early ’70s he changed completely to keyboards. He joined the band „Far East Family Band” and toured with them around the world. In Europe he met the German synthesizer musician and former Tangerine Dream member Klaus Schulze. Schulze produced two albums for the band and gave Kitaro some tips for the use of synthesizers.
In 1976 he left the band and travelled through Asia (China, Laos, Thailand, India).
Koi Update: dedicata lui Karina 🙂
island of life ( with Jon Anderson )
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