Renowned jazz drummer Akira Tana is returning to headline the entertainment at the temple's 68th annual Satsuki Bazaar and Arts Festival on Sunday, May 21.

Akira Tana

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, Tana will perform with his group Otonowa (which means "Sound Circle") featuring Masaru Koga - Sax, Flute & Shakuhachi; Saki Kono - Vocalist & Tour Coordinator; Art Hirahara - Piano; Noriyuki "Ken" Okada - Bass.

Shoko Hikage Also performing with Tana is Shoko Hikage. Hikage is a koto (Japanese zither) player who resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. She premiered Hyo-shin Na's "Night Procession of the Hundred Demons", "Koto Music" and "Koto Ninano".
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