Recorded live at Parco Theatre, Tokyo, Japan on September 16-18, 1980.
This album takes the listener beyond the clouds and into a finely crafted space journey. Kitaro's creative use of synthesizer is well-known, and the introduction of 12 string guitar, tambura, harp and sitar in his arrangements give the crisp harmonic sound a softer glow. A peaceful and relaxing journey.
For the first time the album was released in Japan by Canyon Records on vinyl disc. Later, album was released on CD in Europe, Polydor Records. In 1985, the disc was released in the U.S. by Geffen Records with the acronym "Millennia".
This 1979 album was originally released by Sound Design and reissued by Geffen Records in 1985.
Inspired by Kitaro's visit to Japan, where he attended the "Onbashira" festival, Gaia – the title roughly translates to "Goddess of the Earth" – is filled with exotic, unpredictable sounds. It relies heavily on percussion and ancient wind instruments, which means it sounds as old as the hills, yet Kitaro's sensibility makes it unmistakably modern. It's arguably among his most spiritual albums, in how it recognizes how humans are tied to the earth itself, which remains eternally fascinating, utterly perplexing, and, ultimately, wondrously enchanting in its mysteries.
AN ENCHANTED EVENING was nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award for Best New Age Album. Released in the mid-'90s in conjunction with a video of the same name, AN ENCHANTED EVENING is a live recreation of most of Kitaro's 1994 guitar-heavy album, MANDALA. Sensitive renditions of "Silk Road" (Kitaro's most-record tune) and the sweeping "Heaven and Earth," from the soundtrack of Oliver Stone's film, round out the program. The live ensemble (including a violinist, bassist, and didgeridoo player, in addition to Kitaro's keys, guitars and flutes) has the dynamic sense of a great jazz band, feeding off each other's inspiration and the excitement of the crowd. As always, the music shifts regularly from quiet, reflective passages to plosive thunder, usually within the same song, reminding us that there's no soft-volume requirement for spiritual music.
Kitaro's universally acknowledged as the founding architect of new age music. The Grammy and Golden Globe Award-Winning Kitaro has achieved global acclaim over a more than three decade long career with a signature sound and a pioneering fusion of cultures, techniques and spheres of consciousness that are truly his own.