KITARO Kojiki And The Universe 2017 creation of the Heavens and Earth

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Michael Hepworth

 

HOLLYWOOD (Perfect Music Today) 10/30/17/–Kojiki And The Universe is the joint project of Kitaro, one of the iconic originators of the New Age Music genre, and Professor Kazunari Shibata, Director of the Kwasan and Hida Observatories at Kyoto University. It is an experiment in merging music with movies of the universe.
The Kojiki myth in Japan, is a story of the creation of the Heavens and Earth (the Universe), gods, and all things. Part of this myth is interpreted as a description of an ancient total solar eclipse. Kitaro’s Kojiki is his own interpretation of this myth through his signature sounds and melodies

Professor Shibata created a movie of compiled video footage and still images taken from ground based telescopes (the big ones), the Hubble and other space based telescopes, satellites and measurement devices. The stunning footage was selected with Kitaro’s Kojiki in mind. The film, entitled Kojiki And The Universe exists now in DVD form and includes some written word descriptions on screen, as well as a brief chronology of space exploration history and future visions for human endeavors in space.

 

It has no spoken words. Kitaro has always had a deep connection and interest in astronomy and has created a unique mix from a live symphonic performance of Kojiki in Fukuoka, Japan from 2015. Kitaro has removed his musical section using the multitrack recordings and will perform live with keyboards and vintage synthesizers along with the film’s soundtrack. He will be accompanied by his wife Keiko as well as two taiko drummers. The show we are proposing will have two sections without intermission.

Section 1 (Approx 45 minutes) will have Kitaro and Keiko and the drummers perform selections of historic Kitaro songs under a painted screen of the Mask of Noh. This music and screen will be the accompaniment and backdrop for a single Japanese Butoh dancer.

 

 

Briefly, Buto is an avant-garde dance form that is purely Japanese, and one that allows the body to “speak” for itself, through unconscious improvised movement. It rose out of post-war Japan as a sharp counterpoint to the western-derived contemporary dance movement that initially sprouted in post- war Japan prior to the mid-1960’s. The mask of Noh screen painting is approx 15’ tall and 5’ wide and would hang in front of a black backdrop.

 

 

The Butoh dancer will perform in front of this, flanked by Kitaro on one side and Keiko on the other, with the Taiko drummers joining for one of the songs. The set would be largely dark with the exception of the Mask of Noh and the dancer, to provide maximum contrast for the white- painted dancer and mask. Musical performers will be very dimly lit.
Section 2 (Approx 45 minutes) Upon the ending of the dance, Mask and black backdrop will fly out to reveal the screen for the film Kojiki and The Universe, which would start immediately. The film should be projected onto the largest possible screen for venue capability.

 

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Kitaro’s Magnificent Music and Film Production “Kojiki and the Universe” Tour Comes to California and the Pacific Northwest
Combining The Live Music Of Kitaro With A Visually Moving Astronomical Experience

Los Angeles, CA (September, 2017) … Kitaro brings a totally unique audio/visual experience to California with his upcoming “Kojiki and The Universe” tour beginning November 16 and culminating December 1, 2017.  Tour stops include San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Healdsburg, Portland and Seattle.

 

Presenting a totally unique visual experience, the presentation of “Kojiki and The Universe” merges Kitaro’s music for the show (his most notable songs as well as songs from “Kojiki”, his 1990 Grammy Nominated album) with dynamic space-age photographic scenes of the Universe. The awesome visuals feature time-lapse images, expertly intertwined with real-time films provided by, and in cooperation with, NASA and Kyoto University.  Watch the tour trailer here (Here: http://bit.ly/UniverseTour)
 
“Kojiki and The Universe” was created by Kitaro in collaboration with Astronomy Professor Kazunari Shibata.  The entire production of Kojiki and the Universe was developed using modern film editing techniques, as well as state-of-the-art hardware and software.  In Japanese mythology, Kojiki is a story closely related to evolution of the universe. It describes the origin of Heaven, Earth and the creation of the Gods. Utilizing Kitaro’s album as the soundtrack, “Kojiki and The Universe” is a chronicle of astronomical research as well as a beautiful introduction to modern astronomy for everyone.  Here’s an example of one of the scenes (http://bit.ly/2z3bw3x) from the show.
 
All California tour dates include the KITARO VIP EXPERIENCE ticket purchase option which provides guests with Gold
Circle seating; an intimate, in-person post-concert reception with Kitaro, a personally autographed copy of his
“Kojiki And The Universe” DVD (http://bit.ly/KitaroDVD) as well as his most recent CD album release, “Sacred
Journey Of Ku-Kai Volume 5” and a tour poster.
 
 
Having received Grammy nominations for volumes 1-4, Sacred Journey Of Ku-Kai Volume 5 (http://bit.ly/KitaroNewAlbum) is presented by Kitaro’s long-time label, the Domo Music Group (http://www.domomusicgroup.com/).   
 
The Ku-Kai series concept arose after the global events on the fateful day of September 11, 2001. Kitaro was traveling on a jet from Japan to Los Angeles when the transcontinental flight was diverted to Hawaii for 5 days due to the tragedy. It was during this time of disbelief and uncertainty that Kitaro envisioned the Ku-Kai series as a means of uniting the world through music embracing his frequently referenced universal message of peace.
 
The Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai series is an earthly voyage that transports the listener to the eighty-eight sacred temples located on Shikoku Island in Japan, ancestral home of the beloved Buddhist holy man Ku-kai. The music, which pays homage to the true to life excursion made over 1100 years ago on Shikoku Island endures to this day. Each track on the album revolves around the unique bell sound from the individual temples, using actual sampling and Kitaro’s inspired musical interpretations and distillations of their essences. 
 
2017 CA Tour Dates            City                              Venue                                         Link to Tickets
Thursday, Nov. 16               La Jolla                         Garfield Theatre                            La Jolla Tickets (https://tickets.alistixs.com/event/kitaro-sd/listing)
Friday, Nov. 17                   Los Angeles                  Immanuel Presbyterian Church      Los Angeles Tickets
(https://tickets.alistixs.com/event/kitaro-LA)
Saturday, Nov. 18               San Francisco               Grace Cathedral                           San Francisco Tickets (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3055711)
Sunday, Nov. 19                 Healdsburg                   Raven Performing Arts Theater     Healdsburg Tickets (https://tickets.alistixs.com/event/Kitaro-Raven) 
Thursday, Nov. 30               Portland                        First Congregational Church          Portland Tickets (https://tickets.alistixs.com/event/kitaro-OR)
Friday, Dec. 1                     Seattle                           Center For Spiritual Living             Seattle Tickets
(https://tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/kitaro-kojiki-and-the-universe)
 
 
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