|BERKELEY BUDDHIST TEMPLE|
Taiko master Kenny Endo and renowned jazz drummer Akira Tana
will headline the entertainment at the 63rd annual Satsuki Bazaar and Arts Festival on the weekend of May 19-20.
Kenny Endo is one of the leading personas in contemporary percussion and rhythm.
He is the vanguard of the taiko genre, continuing to pave new paths in this Japanese-style drumming
after more than 30 years as a taiko player. Endo, a performer, composer and teacher,
has been honored with numerous awards and accolades.
Endo will be performing with:
Kaoru Watanabe from New York on fue (Japanese flute) and taiko
Shoko Hikage from San Francisco on koto
Abe Lagrimas Jr. from Los Angeles on vibraphones, ukulele and drums
Chizuko Endo from Hawaii on taiko and percussion
Akira Tana, son of the late Berkeley Buddhist Temple minister, Rev. Daisho Tana, has established himself as one of the most sought-after drummers on the international jazz scene.
Tana has performed with Lena Horne, The Manhattan Transfer, Leonard Bernstein, Seiji Ozawa, Gunther Schuller and Charles Aznavour, among many others, with performances on more than 100 recordings.
At the Satsuki Bazaar and Arts Festival, he will perform with his group Otonowa (which means "Sound Circle"). Otonowa consists of Ken Okada on bass and Masaru Koga on multi-reeds.