5 Questions for New Age Synth Master Kitaro

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Grammy-winning New Age synth icon Kitaro returns to London for the first time in 20 years when he performs at the Eventim Apollo on Thursday April 27 for one night only.

Before heading overseas to perform, he previewed the show exclusively for KEYBOARD.

Are you looking forward to returning to the UK?

Yes! I am so glad to come back to the UK. It’s been 20 years and I love London, it’s a great city. I think it’s changed a lot since I was there last so I’m looking forward to walking around.

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What inspired you to write "KOJIKI AND THE UNIVERSE"

I composed Kojiki in 1990. Kojiki is a well-known mythological story in Japan that talks about the creation of this world. Kojiki talks about the creation of Japan, and at that time the universe to those people. When I met Astronomy Professor Kazunari Shibata who is known for solar flare, I learned a lot about universe from him, and I started thinking that the universe and Kojiki would fit very well together.

And what can London audiences expect from your new show?

This production is quite different from what I normally do. It is different. This time, we have a butoh dancer, taiko drums, and visual projections. You can see both inner spiritual journey and outer space journey. I hope the audience will like it. It’s a long time since I performed in London and for this show, we have a different approach, and different musicians, different sounds.

Your music has long been recognized for its messages of peace and spirituality – has it changed over the years?

I have never changed my philosophy. I always focus on inner peace and world peace.

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What’s next for you?

I am still working on Ku-Kai project. It started in 2011 after 9/11. I collect 88 temples’ peace bell sounds and create 88 songs using those bell sounds. “Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai vol.5” was just released on April 21st. I will keep releasing Vol.6, 7, 8 and 9 in the future.