In concert: Nakai and Kater

Musicians Carlos Nakai and Peter Kater will perform Feb. 27 at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center.

Nakai and Kater created several solo albums before collaborating in 1989 when they created their first album, “Natives and Migration.” Throughout their musical journey, the duo has created millions of CDs and has been nominated for 21 Grammys.

“They are at the top of their field,” said Fred Spanjaard, owner of Global Media Productions. “This promises to be an intimate evening of beautiful music that will stay with you forever.” 

As a multi-platinum selling pianist composer, Kater has released over 50 albums and soundtracks since his first album, “SPIRIT,” was released in 1983. Kater is also a recipient of the Environmental Leadership Award of the United Nations, and has performed around the world. The musician has also crafted music for major sporting events, including the Olympics, and has collaborated with many musicians and directors.

Kater is looking forward to returning to Kauai.

“I’ve always really loved playing there,” he said.

Kater is looking forward to performing with his colleague, Nakai.

“Ever since we started playing 25 years ago it’s like we’ve known each other musically our whole lives,” Kater said. “We have this unspoken uncanny musical energy that you only come across a couple of times in your life.”

As a member of the Navajo-Ute heritage, Nakai plays the Native American flute. The renowned flutist’s first album was released by Canyon Records in 1983 and since then he has released over 40 albums.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and features music from Nakai and Kater’s newest album, “Ritual.”

Tickets are $25, $35 and $45 and may be purchased at

“The Performing Arts Center is one of the finest concert halls in the state so were very much looking forward to being in a state-of-the art theater for such beautiful music,” said Spanjaard. “Your heart and soul and spirit will be moved in a life altering experience.”


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