Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple
Makoto Takenaka, piano
with guest artist Peter Hata, guitar
Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018
Time: 7:30 pm
Place: Higashi Honganji, 505 E. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Fee: $20.00, $10 for 12 & under
(213) 626-4200 at temple
(626) 824-5580 (cell)
Please RSVP by Sunday, August 5
Pay in advance or at the door; walk-ins OK until full
Makoto Takenaka was born in Connecticut, and raised in Kyoto, Japan. He acquired a BA and MA in Tokyo, then came to the U.S. to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude, he became the first Japanese assistant professor in Berklee, and was promoted to associate professor.
He has been playing on TV, radio, and in many concerts including the Berklee Performance Center, Harvard, MIT, Brandeis, Wellesley, U-Mass, and many others.
Makoto also integrates Japanese traditional tunes into jazz-fusion.
Guest Artist Peter Hata is one of the original members of the jazz-fusion group Hiroshima.
Later, he left the group to pursue traditional jazz, earned a Master of Music degree from Cal State LA and, upon graduating, taught a wide variety of graduate and undergraduate music courses there.
In 2011, he also received ordination as a Shin Buddhist priest and is currently assigned to the Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple.