Events Calendar - August 2012

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Summer Breeze
Slack Key Guitar Meets Taiko and Shakuhachi

Jeff Peterson, slack key guitar
Kenny Endo, taiko
Riley Lee, shakuhachi
Sunday, August 19, 2012
4:00 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
$15 general admission
$12 Youth to age 17, UH students & Seniors 62+
Ticket by reservation:
or at the door one hour before the event
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JEFF PETERSON (Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar). Recognized as one of Hawaii's most versatile musicians, Jeff Peterson is at the heart of the Hawaiian music scene today. His passion for the guitar has allowed him to shine as a solo artist and has given him the opportunity to collaborate with a wide variety of artists from Hawaii, across the US, and abroad. His focus on Slack Key guitar, classical, and jazz music has allowed him to develop a unique and transcendent voice on the guitar while being deeply rooted in the traditions of his Hawaiian heritage. He has contributed to two Grammy Award-winning recordings and has been honored with three Na Hoku Hanohano Awards in Hawaii.

His latest solo CD Maui on My Mind was recognized as the Slack Key Album of the Year in 2010. His latest release features his songwriting, performing, and producing on Amy Hanaiali`i and Slack Key Masters of Hawaii. The groundbreaking recording features a collaboration between Jeff, Amy Hanaiali`i, Cyril Pahinui, Dennis Kamakahi, Sonny Lim, and Chino Montero.

Five of his songs including Hawaiian Skies were featured in the film The Descendants starring George Clooney.

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KENNY ENDO (taiko). Kenny Endo is a recognized leader in the American taiko community both for his deep connection to traditions in Japan as well as his drive to use tradition as a foundation for innovation. From an early age, he studied drumming, particularly jazz and rock. He first experienced taiko in the early 70s, and joined Kinnara Taiko, and the San Francisco Taiko Dojo before embarking on a decade long odyssey to study with the masters in Japan. He became the first non-Japanese national to receive a natori (stage name and master's license) in hogaku hayashi. classical Japanese drumming. He was a professional member of the famed O Edo Sukeroku Taiko, has an M.A. in ethnomusicology from the University of Hawaii, and formed the Taiko Center of the Pacific in 1994.

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RILEY LEE (Chichibu Yatai Bayashi style of taiko, Shakuhachi). Riley Lee began playing shakuhachi (bamboo flute) in Japan in 1971, studying with Chikuho Sakai until 1980, and has been a student of Katsuya Yokoyama since 1984. He was given the rank of Dai Shihan (grand master) in 1980. Riley has a BA and MA in music from the University of Hawaii and received his PhD degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Sydney. He has published scholarly articles and book reviews in leading national and international musicology journals. He has been instrumental in creating a professional presence of traditional Japanese music in Australia and has made over fifty commercially released recordings since 1980.

Riley was the first non-Japanese to play taiko professionally, touring internationally with Ondekoza (now called Kodo). In 1995, he co-founded with Ian Cleworth, Australia's dynamic Japanese festival drum group, TaikOz which has since become one of Australia's premier performance groups, acclaimed both at home and in Japan.

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Los Cenzontles & Cyril Pahinui

Los-Cenzontles and Cyril Pahinui
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A performance and lecture/demonstration
presented in cooperation with the PA'I Foundation
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
7:30 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
$10 general admission
$6 students & seniors

Purchase a ticket via PA'I Foundation website
or at the door one hour before the event

Los Cenzontles (Nahuatl for “The Mockingbirds”) dig deep into Latino traditions, creating a vibrant, contemporary sound infused with the gutsy soul of Mexico’s rural roots. Los Cenzontles (senn-SONT-less) have produced 19 albums with their 20th, "Regeneration", coming out this summer. Based in California, the band has performed across the U.S., in Europe, the Dominican Republic, and throughout Mexico; they have collaborated with artists including The Chieftains, Los Lobos, Los Tigres del Norte, Linda Ronstadt, Ry Cooder, David Hidalgo and Taj Mahal, among others.

Cyril Pahinui, the son of musical legend, Gabby Pahinui, is, in his own right, one of Hawai‘i’s most gifted guitarists and singers. Cyril has twice played at Carnegie Hall, has contributed to three Grammy Award-winning albums, received several Hoku Hanohano Awards, and recorded on more than 35 Hawaiian musical releases. As a slack key guitarist, Cyril’s technical virtuosity, rhythmic adaptations, and instrumental harmonics impart the soul of Hawaiian music, and his beautiful, emotive, and well-recognized voice renders an intimate picture of his Pacific island home.

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String and Bamboo Music from Japan:
Traditional and Contemporary

Die Farbe ensemble
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Friday, August 31, 2012
7:30 p.m., Orvis Auditorium
free admission

The ensemble Die Farbe (the Color), under the leadership of Kikutake Atsushi, features koto, sangen (shamisen), 17-string koto, voice, and shakuhachi (Kinko ryû). Other members performing in Hawai'i are Kikumyouyuu Hitomi, Kikushun' Yuu Rie, and Tsujimoto Kouhei. The moderator is noted ethnomusicologist Yamaguti Osamu.

The concert includes both traditional and contemporary compositions. Traditional compositions are those from such genres as jiuta (sangen accompanied songs derived from the Kansai area), sôkyoku (koto music) and shakuhachi honkyoku (standardized repertoire for the shakuhachi), while contemporary are those from gendai hôgaku (contemporary music for traditional instruments).

Support provided by the Japan Foundation.

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