Visits from performers and recording artists!
Our students enjoyed a great licks and music business mentoring session with the inimitable Barry Flanagan of Hapa today. It is the first of what will be many visits from Hawai‘i music industry professionals in the year to come. Mahalo nui e Barry!
Dennis Kamakahi The faculty, staff and students of the Institute of Hawaiian Music would like to extend our deepest condolences to the ‘ohana of Rev. Dennis Kamakahi, who passed away today. Dennis was one of the many early supporters of the IHM, met with and mentored the students in our first cohort. Dennis had wanted to also meet and work with our current students, but we were unable to arrange a date and time to do so before he was diagnosed and began treatment. We will be forever grateful for his dedication to Hawaiian music, and his enduring spirit.
Once again, our Institute of Hawaiian Music students were fortunate to receive visits and mentoring from an amazing Hawai‘i artist. On Saturday, February 1, the students spent over an hour with ‘ukulele virtuoso and innovator Jake Shimabukuro prior to his concert at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. He talked to them about his development as a performer and composer, his practice and composing, and various aspects of the music industry. We are always grateful for the knowledge and experience passed down by our generous and talented Hawai‘i performers and recording artists. Their contributions are a huge part of what makes IHM special, and we couldn’t do it without them. A bit mahalo also to Art Vento at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center for coordinating the visit and allowing us to use their facilities. IHM students meet and receive some mentoring from Jake Shimabukuro on February 1, 2014 at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Mahalo Jake!
Raiatea Helm and Bryan Tolentino performing “Kalama‘ula" for IHM students at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. Our Institute of Hawaiian Music students were fortunate to receive visits and mentoring from amazing artists two days in a row. Yesterday was Hilo's Mark Yamanaka with Bert Nāihe. Today the students got to spend nearly an hour and a half with two-time Grammy Award nominee and multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winning singer Raiatea Helm, along with the amazing ‘ukulele stylist Bryan Tolentino. They discussed an incredible array of topics, answered questions from our students, and played several songs for them as well. As always, we are incredibly grateful for the knowledge and experience passed down by our generous and talented Hawai‘i performers and recording artists. Their contributions are a huge part of what makes IHM special, and we couldn't do it without them. A bit mahalo also to Art Vento at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center for coordinating the visit and allowing us to use their facilities. IHM students Dennis Chong-Imamura, Leihuanani Keli‘inohomoku, Destiny Mahaulu, IHM Faculty Coordinator Keol a Donaghy, students Patti Kuwaye, Glenn Keli‘ikoa, and Marie Donaghy with Bryan Tolentino and Raiatea Helm.
Hilo native and four time Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner Mark Yamanaka joined IHM students this afternoon for a nice long talk-story and jam session. He shared his experiences from growing up doing backyard jams, to his times performing with kumu hula Johnny Lum Ho, playing the Hilo "wedding/graduation/birthday lū‘ai" circuit, recording his first CD and his most recently release. His guitarist Bert Nāihe, joined him before heading off to soundcheck for their concert at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center this evening. Mahalo nui, Mark!
The Spring 2014 semester has just started, and already the students of the Institute of Hawaiian Music have met with two outstanding Hawai‘i musicians. On Thursday, January 16, 2014, guitarist/producer/composer Halemanu visited for the first of what we hope will be many times to work with our students. On Friday, January 17, 2014, guitarist/composer/singer Barry Flanagan of the group Hapa joined IHM students before Hapa’s concert at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. And we have several more mentors visiting later this month and in early February. Stay tuned for news! Barry Flanagan and Halemanu Villarimo meet with and mentor IHM students in January, 2014