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Kitaro to move heaven and earth at Taipei show

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist Kitaro is set to perform Nov. 25 at the Taipei Arena during his Love and Peace World Tour.

The tour will feature the artist's latest project, "Sacred Journey of KuKai III," inspired by the Buddhist monk Ku-kai's pilgrimage over a millennium ago to the 88 sacred temples on Japan's remote Shikoku Island.

Taiwan audiences will be treated to a rare Kitaro performance featuring several American musicians. He will also be joined onstage with his wife, musician Keiko Matsubara.

According to organizer Era Communications Co., Ltd., Kitaro will also play on an extra-large Taiko drum that will be shipped especially for the occasion. Besides the drums, Kitaro has also mastered the keyboard and a variety of string and wind instruments.

Acknowledged by many as a pioneer in New Age music, Kitaro has enthralled audiences with his signature fusion of sounds and techniques for more than three decades, and continues to explore uncharted waters with his expansive vision and ever-questing spirit.

Kitaro won a Grammy Award for his single "The Field" and for his entire album "Thinking of You" in 2001. He also won a Golden Globe Award for best original movie soundtrack for Oliver Stone's film "Heaven and Earth" in 1994.

While attending Toyohashi Commercial High School in Japan's Aichi Prefecture, Kitaro, whose real name is Masanori Takahashi, organized the amateur band Albatross with friends and performed at small venues, parties and clubs.

Before embarking on a solo career in 1977, Kitaro toured around the world with the Far East Family Band for about six years, during which time he met German synthesizer musician and former Tangerine Dream member Klaus Schulze, who helped Kitaro hone his skills on the synthesizer.

Kitaro signed with Geffen Records in 1986 and his record sales soared to 10 million worldwide the year after. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with former guitarist Marty Friedman of Megadeth, former guitarrist Micky Hart of Grateful Dead, and singer Jon Anderson of Yes.

Tickets for the event, which lasts about two-and-a-half hours, range from NT$800 to NT$6,000, and may be purchased online ( More information is available by contacting Era at or (02) 2341-9898.

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