His first solo effort, Astral Voyage, was
released in 1978 and was well recieved by cult followers. Later
he produced the Silk Road soundtracks, a Japanese Television Documentary
Series. His gentle, lush, and majestic melodies show his ability
to embody the human spirit in his music. He created his albums
in the privacy of his home studio near Mt. Fuji, Japan. Kitaro
prefers to call his music simply " spiritual" and says " Feeling
is the most important element in my music. "
By the mid '80s, he was still cosidered an underground artist
in America, until he was picked up by Geffen Records in 1986.
The next year, Mickey Hart, of The Greatful Dead, helped Kitaro
with the release of, The Light of the Spirit, which was nominated
for the Best New-Age Performance Grammy Award, and he made his
first North American Live Tour.
Somewhere in the late '80s or early '90s,
Kitaro's style had changed, more theatrical and assertive, while
still possessing a certain level of innocence and purity. Kitaro
has lived in the United States fot the past five years now, on
a 180-acre spred outside Boulder, Colorado in his 2500-square-foot
home studio, ( "It's large enough to hold a 70-piece orchestra
-- big enough for me! " he chuckles). All though he loves his
country of Japan and his origins, he left due to a dislike of
the new government and their attitudes of socialism and the distruction
of artists' creativity. He does however, return each year to the
foot of Mt. Fuji to perform the ritual drum ceremoney, he started
in 1983. In this ritual, from sunrise to sunset, he beats towering
Taiko drums so passionately that his hands often bleed.