Kitaro Completes 'Sacred Journey, Vol. 3' at Ocean Way

Grammy® Award-winning Japanese artist Kitaro has completed "The Sacred Journey of Kukai, Volume 3" at Ocean Way Recording. The new album combines the location recordings of temple bells on the island of Shikoku in Japan with traditional

instruments and synthesizers recorded at his studio in California.

Steven Miller recorded additional synth overdubs at Ocean Way and mixed the album with Kitaro on the Neve 88R console.

"The Sacred Journey of Ku-kai" refers to the spiritual journey of the Buddhist saint Ku-kai. More than 1,100 years ago, Ku-kai embarked on a pilgrimage to the 88 temples on the Japanese island of Shikoku. It is also believed that Ku-kai (774-835 AD) created the modern Japanese way of writing (Hiragana and Katakana) and that he introduced the cultivation of tea plants to Japan.

The eight tracks on the new album include the bells of eight temples from the total of 88 which will eventually comprise the ten album series. Kitaro describes Volume 3 as "Very different from the first two albums. We recorded at mountain temples 10,000 feet above sea level, and then at temples by the shore at 150 feet. I have used my trusty old analog synthesizers and electric guitars to give this album a very new flavor." Joining Kitaro are guest artists Paul Pesco on guitar; Alexander Adhami on cello, santoor, guitar, EBow and flute; Masayuki Koga on shakuhachi flute; and Keiko Takahashi on keyboards. Ian Ulibarri was assistant engineer.

"The Sacred Journey of Kukai, Volume 3" is scheduled for Fall release on the Domo label. Kitaro begins his "Love & Peace" worldwide tour in November.

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