George Kahumoku Jr. and Masters of Hawaiian Music

George Kahumoku Jr. and Masters of Hawaiian Music

 Wailuku, Hawaii, USA
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Transcending the seams of Maori and Pasifik culture, Pacific Curls have travelled the world with their impressive array of instruments: taonga puoro (Maori instruments), ukuleles, guitar, cajons, percussion, kalimba, footstomps, fiddle and those gorgeous vocals !

Biography

Four-time Grammy-winner, master slack key guitarist George Kahumoku Jr., (left above) known as Hawaiis Renaissance Man, is also a multiple Na Hk Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy) Award winner. He is also a vocalist, storyteller, songwriter & author, world-traveling performer, as well as a high school and college teacher, artist and sculptor, farmer, chef (traditional Hawaiian cuisine), and entrepreneur.

...The vocals and slack-key wizardry of George Kahumoku ... is as cleansing as a Sunday drive through Gods country. --Wayne Harada, The Honolulu Advertiser

George Kahumoku, Jr. is a master with the acoustic guitar. His music is played from his heart and soul through the very tips of his fingers, and flows with vivid tropical images. --Kayla Christian, www.amzmusiczine.com

every performance is the essence of aloha. --Jamie O'Brien, www.popmatters.com

Georges newest compilation Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Vol. 2 has just captured a fourth Grammy in January 2010. George and fellow slack key artists were thrilled to receive the 2006 Grammy Award in the new category of Best Hawaiian Album for their first compilation CD Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar, Vol. 1: Live in Concert from Maui. In the next two years, two more Grammys followed, and in 2009, the Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar was a Grammy nominee. All five CDs were taped live at the prestigious Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Concert Series, a weekly show now in its 6th year and hosted by George on the island of Maui (www.slackkey.com).

Masters of Hawaiian Music. George, and master musicians from the Grammy-Award-winning CDs, live and share authentic Hawaiian culture. With George, Dennis Kamakahi, Uncle Richard Hoopii, and Bobby Ingano, the music is the real down-home sound of Hawaii. Highly respected masters, all four are delightful performers, all veterans of outdoor festivals to clubs to the concert stage, a bit kolohe (a bit of the rascal in them), always entertaining. Since Hawaiian musicand slack key tuningis passed down through families, the next Generationsons Keoki Kahumoku and David Kamakahi occasionally join the tour.

George believes in sharing, celebrating, and perpetuating the unique music and culture that is Hawaii. Education and community-based activities are available, incl. school educational activities, guitar and ukulele workshops, authentic luau.

-- Dennis Kamakahi, renowned award-winning slack key guitarist, Hawaiian music pioneer, and songwriter with many famous Hawaiian standards to his credit.

-- Uncle Richard Hoopii, ukulele and vocals; NEA Folk Arts Heritage Fellowship; his vocal power ranges from deep bass to ultra high cowboy falsetto that is truly remarkable.

-- Bobby Ingano, one of Hawaiis finest lap steel guitarists. A highly sought after studio musician, his subtle, sweet steel playing is heard in many recordings of todays top Hawaiian artists.

-- Keoki Kahumoku and David Kamakahi represent the next generation of slack key guitar and ukulele traditions. (optional additions)

Discography

•The Masters of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar -Vol 2 --Grammy winner 2010!--featuring: George Kahumoku Jr, Dennis Kamakahi, Sonny Lim, Keoki Kahumoku, Owana Salazar, Kawika Kahiapo, Jeff Peterson, Daniel Ho with special guests Richard Ho`opi`i, Bobby Ingano.
•Kani Wai (The Sound of Water) - George Kahumoku Jr. and Bob Brozman
•The Spirit of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar. 2009 Grammy Award nominee featuring: George Kahumoku Jr, Dennis Kamakahi, Sonny Lim, Keoki Kahumoku, Owana Salazar, Daniel Ho with special guests: Richard Ho`opi`i, Bobby Ingano, Norton Buffalo and Herb Ohta Jr.
•Treasures of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar. 2008 Grammy Winner! Best Hawaiian Music Album. featuring: George Kahumoku Jr, Ledward Kaapana, Cyril Pahinui, Dennis Kamakahi, Martin Pahinui, Owana Salazar, Daniel Ho, Keoki Kahumoku and Da Ukulele Boys with special guests Richard Ho`opi`i, Bobby Ingano.
•Hawaiian Love Songs
•Drenched by Music
•Na'ano'ano: The Seeds (solo recording)
•Legends of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar -Live from Maui. 2007 Grammy Winner! Best Hawaiian Music Album. featuring: George Kahumoku Jr, Ledward Kaapana, Cyril Pahinui, Dennis Kamakahi, Martin Pahinui, Ozzie Kotani, Daniel Ho, Keoki Kahumoku and Richard Hoopi‘i, Bobby Ingano and Da Ukulele Boys

Set List

2 45-min. sets of Hawaiian traditional and contemporary music, decided from the stage.