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Here is the press release from Kitaro regarding the Grammy nomination:

Los Angeles, CA (December 7, 2013): For the 15th time in his illustrious career, Grammy and Golden-Globe winning recording artist has been honored with a Grammy Award nomination in the Best New Age Album Category (30) for his latest release, Final Call.

Kitaro is universally acknowledged as the founding architect of new age music.  His various sound collaborations and resonant, multi-textured compositions truly defy the constraints of any genre.  The Grammy and Golden Globe-winning Kitaro has garnered 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.

The Grammy nominated album is a tribute to Kitaro’s lifetime reverence for Nature. Final Call is a voyage of introspection specifically concerned about how we treat our planet. It’s Kitaro’s assertion that the planet itself is crying out and warning us about potential serious consequences if we don’t address these global issues in a timely fashion. In his own words, Kitaro describes his new musical work, “I have always felt we all must respect the providence of the Universe.  Unfortunately, through the course of time and the growth of civilization, many living creatures that we now know will become extinct.  If we don’t alter how we treat each other and our planet Earth, many habitats and portions of this earth may become devastated and eventually disappear.  This album is the story of an epic voyage – a voyage of hope that all living creatures can someday live happily in harmony with each other.  The story begins from where we board for departure.”

Commenting on his 15th Grammy nomination, Kitaro said, “I’m extremely pleased to have my new album “Final Call” recognized as one of the Best New Albums released this past year. I thank the Recording Academy for and the NARAS voters for their validation of my work.”

President of Domo Music Group, Eiichi Naito added, “2014 will be an exciting year for Kitaro. Along with his upcoming 2014 Symphonic World Tour, this Grammy nomination for Final Call and Grammy Award ceremony will be a highlight for us all at Domo Music Group and Kitaro, as well.” Dino Malito, Vice President at A&R for Domo Music Group concluded, “Speaking for myself and the entire Domo Music Group creative team, I can honestly say this is a wonderful tribute to the hard work of us at Domo and reflects Kitaro’s dedication to always delivering quality and expertly crafted projects. We’re particularly proud of NARAS’ accolades for Kitaro’s Final Call, which amazingly, is his 15th Grammy nomination.” The 56th Grammy Awards will take place January 26th at The Staples Center, Los Angeles and air live on CBS.

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