Akira Katogi and Raiya Katogi: An afternoon of Japanese Folk Music and Dance.
Experience the refined beauty of Japanese folk music with acclaimed artist Akira Katogi and son Raiya Katogi at the Crest Theater this April 20th. The Katogis will present a mesmerizing program of folk tradition from across Japan, including traditional Shinto works, folkloric pieces, street performances, and more. The Katogis are well respected throughout Japan for their authentic work, and viewers should expect a fascinating journey into traditional Japanese folk culture. A collaboration with Sacramento Taiko Dan is confirmed as well.
Akira Katogi trained with the traditional Japanese dance theater ensemble Warabi-za as a youth, and later studied with masters in Dengaku-za, a Japanese folk and dance company based in Nagano Prefecture. In 2001, he co-founded Wariki, a small but gifted conservatory of musicians and dancers dedicated to the preservation of Japanese folk music. Akira made significant contributions to the Wariki repertoire, incorporating a wide array of traditional pieces from all parts of Japan, from temple music, to festival dances, to entertaining street and circus pieces.
Akira Katogi and Raiya Katogi will appear at 1:00 pm on April 20th at the Crest Theater, located at 1013 K Street in Sacramento. Advance tickets ($20) are available at Osaka-Ya at 2215 10th Street, Oto’s Marketplace at 4990 Freeport Blvd, or online at www.tickets.com. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the show ($35 general admission and $20 for seniors and students). For more information, visit www.sactaiko.org.