Masanori Takahashi, 4 February 1953, Toyohashi, Japan. Soon after graduating from high school, Takahashi formed a rock band, the Far East Family Band, who released two albums and toured around the world. He was converted to synthesizer music after meeting Klaus Schulze of Tangerine Dream in 1972. The inspiration for Kitaros new music came from visits to Asian countries including, in particular, India and the remoter reaches of his Japanese homeland. His 1978 debut, Tenkai, a suite for synthesizer, prompted NHK (the Japanese broadcasting company) to commission Kitaro to write a score for the lengthy television documentary, Silk Road. This atmospheric, meditative piece full of simple melodies and unhurried tempos earned the composer national and international recognition. As a resident of a small village in the Nagano prefecture in central Japan, Kitaro was able to pursue his work in contemplative surroundings, as reflected in his music.
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