Hawaiian music New York

Ukulele performance at Housing Works “Facing Future” book event (New York)

Thank you to everyone who came out, author Dan Kois, moderator Nate Chinen, fellow musician Jason, the hula dancers, Housing Works, 33 1/3, and Hālāwai.

It was a successful and fun evening of book discussion, music and hula. What a privilege to be invited to perform Hawaiian music including the well known Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World medley made famous by Israel “Braddah IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole. I enjoyed seeing old friends (I’m so appreciative of how far some traveled – 2+ hours!) and meeting new friends afterwards.

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Luau Night at Upper West Side Favorite “Good Enough To Eat” (New York)

We had a blast at Good Enough To Eat‘s “Wandering Wednesday itinerary.” It was a unique and special evening to have a Hawaii inspired menu with music and hula – a Hawaii dinner show in New York City! Thank you to Eleia for her beautiful dancing, family and friends who came out (especially those who got up and danced), and everyone at GETE. Great company, food, drink, and — Hawaiian music and dance. Hopefully, we can do it again in the future.

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The Power of Hula at Ellen Stewart Theatre (New York, NY)

If you told me 5 years ago that I’d meet and play music on stage with Robert Cazimero, I’d have said that you’re crazy! I’ve seen him perform at Carnegie Hall and Hawaii Theater!

La MaMa Moves! dance festival (June 4-20, 2010) in New York City celebrated its fifth year and was dedicated to the 90th birthday year of Ellen Stewart, the founder and artistic director of La MaMa.  One of this year’s highlights was the “Power of Hula”, featuring hula masters Vicky Holt Takamine and her son Jeffrey Kānekaiwilani Takamine with with members of the hālau Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima O Nuioka; hula master Robert Cazimero (who is also an award winning singer and songwriter, as well as a leading figure in the resurgence of Hawaiian music, dance, language and Hawaiian culture in general since the 70’s) and Keo Woolford; and New York-based hula group Nā Lehua Melemele under the direction of Lisette Kaualena Flanary. The Hawaiʻi, New York collaboration came about not only because of a shared dedication to and love for hula but was also connected by an esteemed hula lineage to the late hula master Maiki Aiu Lake.

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Beautiful Wedding with Ukulele Player in New York

“I cannot think of a bigger honor than to be invited to perform music at an event as personal as a couple’s wedding celebration.”

Weddings are extremely fun. For a musician, weddings generally include ceremony music (prelude – before the ceremony; processional – down the aisle, recessional – end of the ceremony), cocktail hour, and/or the reception. Clients often request a mix of instrumentals and vocals. Not only does Hawaiian music set an island mood, but the tradition includes many poetic love songs very well suited to wedding celebrations. The ukulele and Hawaiian music can provide a celebratory and romantic ambiance for any wedding. It is a privilege to be an ukulele player in New York!

Over the years, I have had the pleasure of meeting amazing brides and grooms as well as their family and friends. I enjoy seeing beautiful venues that I would otherwise never have seen from studio spaces in Manhattan to Long Island beaches. One recent wedding took place in North Salem, New York at the Hammond Museum. Tucked away in the woods is a hidden oasis, a Japanese Stroll Garden, that makes a unique backdrop for any event.

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Hawaiian Music and Hula Show at SCCC Performing Arts Center in New Jersey

What an amazing evening of Hawaiian music and dance at the Performing Arts Center at Sussex County Community College. Thank you to everyone who came to see us and the SCCC staff who treated us so well.

Multi-talented Bill Wynne, a Hula Records recording artist and winner of the Aloha Festivals Hawaiian Falsetto Singing Contest, and I each played a solo set before joining forces with the beautiful dancers of Polynesian Dance Productions.

The Performing Arts Center at SCCC has become the flagship theater in Northwest New Jersey presenting exceptional entertainment that engages, excites, provokes and inspires both artists and audiences. For more info visit: www.sussex.edu

You do not see your name in lights like this everyday!

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