Jason Taglianetti

Multimedia Production Manager; Host, Applause in a Small Room

Jason Taglianetti joined Hawaiʻi Public Radio in October of 2006 as its multimedia production manager. Born and raised on Oʻahu, Jason grew up backstage, due to his parents, both theatre artists.  In 1996, Jason attended the Art Institute of Seattle, where he studied Audio Production under many of the sound engineers, musicians, and music producers responsible for Seattle's grunge sound. Returning home to Hawaiʻi, Jason began his career in a familiar place -- the theatre. Today, Jason is a multiple award-winner for his sound design work for the stage. He also has several album credits and is a licensed amateur radio operator.

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photo Dave Tonnes, Panaviz

Sundays at 4pm on HPR-1, Applause in a Small Room celebrates live performers, live performances as well as the magic that happens when performers and audiences meet. Hosted by Jason Taglianetti.

Listen to past shows on the Mixcloud archive HERE

With stay-at-home orders in place, live music performances are all cancelled. But nowadays, anyone with a smartphone can stream live video to the world. And that's exactly what enterprising musicians are doing.

So if you're in need of some great live music and can't leave the house, here are some artists who have taken to streaming video as a means to share their music with the world. Some are posting recorded videos, and others are streaming live.

JoAnn Falletta joins Gene Schiller on Morning Café to discuss Beethoven’s 9th Symphony – it’s the Hawaiʻi Symphony’s first concert of the New Year!

Aaron Sala, Quinn Kelsey and Pene Pati drop in on Morning Café for a sneak preview of ANA’s Honolulu Music Week.

The Trailer Park Romeos pay tribute to the legendary blues artist Muddy Waters in this episode of Applause in a Small Room.

Hawaii's vintage soul band The Elevation share with us their music and their style in this live reocrding from HPR's Atherton Studio.  

On today's show we're featuring a few of our favorite performances from Jazz artists in the past few years. We'll hear performances by Allison Adams Tucker, Jonathan Karrant, The Pacific Harp Project, Noel Okimoto, Thomas Mackay and Tommy James.

Rhythm Summit features Noel Okimoto playing Vibes, drumset, and pitched and un-pitched percussion, Bassist Dean Taba, and Taiko Master Kenny Endo. They joined us in the Atherton Studio for a concert featuring original compositions showcasing their unique sound and styles.

Fiddler and guitarist Laurie Lewis and mandolin player Tom Rozum are widely regarded as being among the most preeminent bluegrass and Americana artists of our time. They shared with us their versatile and engaging repertoire of love songs, laments, social commentary, and free-wheeling fun with a live audience.

James Anshutz

Honolulu based singer, songwriter and storyteller James McCarthy shares songs and stories with a live audience in HPR's Atherton Studio.

Hot on the heels of her CD release tour Taimane Joins us in the studio for a live concert for her friends, her fans, and members of HPR. She shared with us songs from her latest CD Elemental alongside renditions and originals from past albums.

Elemental: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/elemental/1388632170

As eloquent on mike as she is at the keyboard, noted piano virtuosa Olga Kern speaks her mind on today’s morning café…

One of Honolulu's finest americana bands, Discord and Rye, sharing their musical style to a sold out audience in HPR's Atherton Studio.

On the next Applause in a Small Room we'll be featuring one of Hawaii's best bluegrass and americana bands, the Saloon pilots.  They joined us n the studio and shared songs ranging from U2 and the Grateful dead to bluegrass favorites.. and all of it done in their usualy saloon pilots style.  This sunday at 4pm on HPR-1

On the next Applause in a Small Room we'll be joined in the studio by one of Hawaii Piano Jazz Masters, Ethan Capone.  He'll share with us songs by Gershwin, Mingus, and Maurice Ravel, and many more.

On this show we feature the piano mastery of Tommy James from our series of Piano Jazz Masters Concerts.   Tommy will be sharing music from the cinema from composers such as Bronislau Kaper, Henry Mancini, Vince Guaraldi, and many more. 

We're in the middle of fundraising and today's show is all about sharing what we do on the show. We'll take a listen to a new recording with Blaine Asing and Alx Kawakami, two Hawaii based artists playing a show at the Blue Note Hawaii on April 12 and 13th 2018. In the second segment of the show we'll hear a couple of songs that have become favorites of mine.  The first from Ron Artis II and the second is from Introspektra. and we end the show with live performances from Take 6, Delfeayo Marsalis, and Eric Hutchinson. All recorded in Hawaii Public Radio's Atherton Studio.

On Today's show we're featuring Hawaii slack key guitarist Sean Robbins in a concert from 2015.  Sean joined us in the studio with friends on the bass and lap steel guitar.

In this episode of The Big Ears Music Club, Louise King Lanzilotti and John Zak explore the world of classical wind instruments.

Eric Hutchinson joined us in the Atherton studio to share his song "Dear Me." Eric is playing at the Blue Note in Waikiki August 31 thru September 2 2017.


Take 6 joined us in the studio ahead of their dates at the Blue Note Hawaii. They shared two songs with us. Stand By Me and Straighten Up and Fly Right.

Two of Hawaiiʻs favorite songwriters and performers, Henry Kapono and Jerry Santos joined us in the studio for a performance of the classic song, Nānākuli Blues.

The J.P. Jofre Nuevo Tango Quartet visited the Atherton studio ahead of their concert at the Blue note this week... they performed two compositions for us both by J.P. Jofre. After The Rain and Universe.

The quartet features:
J.P. Jofre - Bandoneon/Composer
Eric Silberger - Violin
Kwan Yi - Piano
Sung Chan Chang - Cello

The Rippingtons

Jul 28, 2017

The Rippingtons were in town for a few nights at the Blue Note Hawaii. they stopped by the HPR studios to share some tunes with us.

The songs featured in this performance are... in order:
North Star

The Rippingtons are:
Russ Freeman, Guitar
Brandon Fields, Sax
Dave Karasony, Drums
Rico Belled, Bass
Bill Heller, Keys

Mango Season

Jul 5, 2017

Mango Season is a Honolulu-based seven-piece band that serves up an intoxicating mix of vintage soul, jazz-infused harmonies, and booty-shaking funk. Their Atherton concert will also celebrate the release of their new CD.

On todays show we're featuring a concert with Streetlight Cadence from August 8th, 2015.  The band features cellist Brian Webb, Violinist Jonathan Franklin, Guitarist Chaz Umamoto, and Accordionist and percussionist Jesse Shiroma.


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