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Aug022018

Benefit for Took Relief (by Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple & Watsonville Buddhist Temple)

THE MONTEREY PENINSULA BUDDHIST TEMPLE PRESENTS

TOHOKU EARTHQUAKE, TSUNAMI AND NUCLEAR DISASTER BENEFIT CONCERT WITH OTONOWA JAZZ ENSEMBLE

FEATURING AKIRA TANA 

AUGUST 31, 2018 5:00 PM

HIDDEN VALLEY INN

102 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel, CA

831.394.0119 

montereydec@gmail.com      montereybt.org

All proceeds go to the continued relief efforts for the victims of the Tohoku region earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. 

Donation $25.00    Tickets available through Monterey Peninsula Buddhist Temple members or at Eventbrite at:  eventbrite.com

 

 

Eye-opening, culture-bending Japanese jazz.

Drummer Akira Tana has a gilt-edged jazz pedigree: Harvard, the New England Conservatory, and twenty years in New York City working with Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt, Hubert Laws, Zoot Sims, Lena Horne, Ruth Brown and James Moody. He and bassist Rufus Reid have had a rich partnership – they formed TanaReid and produced five CDs and touring to match. Akira’s latest CD project, JAZZaNOVA, features guests like Branford Marsalis and Arturo Sandoval. But the past, including bringing his Secret Agent Band to the Bay Area in recent years, as they say, is prologue, because the very special group appearing August 31 at the Hidden Valley Inn in Carmel brings Akira’s consummate musical mastery into congruence with his deep Japanese cultural roots. Otonowa, which means “sound circle,” was formed originally to showcase traditional Japanese songs and pop through jazz arrangements. But 2011’s terrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan were to become a crucible for Otonowa, which launched this brotherhood of Japanese-American jazz luminaries into a program of touring and recording to raise both funds and spirits for the survivors. You’ll hear unique melodies you’ve never heard in highly original settings you won’t soon forget. This appearance by Otonowa will also be a celebration of their third recording release.  

 

Personnel: Akira Tana, drums; Art Hirahara, piano; Masaru Koga, woodwinds and percussion; Noriyuki “Ken” Okada, bass.

Guests:  Shoko Hikage, Koto; Saki Kono, Vocal.

 

SECOND CONCERT HOSTED BY WATSONVILLE BUDDHIST TEMPLE 

September 1, 2018 3:00 PM

423 Bridge Street, Watsonville, California

Doors open at 2:00 PM Donation $25.

Tickets available through eventbrite.com or call the temple office (831) 724-7860  (wbtemple.org)