Akira Sakata holds an impressive collection of merits, and Molde is happy to present this outstanding sax-player to the audience of this years festival!

The artist, born in 1945 in Kure, Hiroshima, has performed for a living since the late 1960's, but first received his international breakthrough in 1988 with the release of "Mooko" through Virgin Records; a record where he collaborated with Bill Laswell and Ronald "Shannon" Jackson. Since then he has participated in a lot of projects around the world to great international success.

Akira Sakato is ever a searching artist, seeking to take music in new directions to develop it. He often collaborates with folk-musicians from Japan and tries to combine styles freely to create new sounds. He is also known to be an eminent essayist with a unique angle, and he has also acted in several movies and theater productions.