A year ago, Hawai‘i Opera Theatre was adjusting to the abrupt departure of its executive director, and a debt of about $2 million. It cancelled one production this season, but a new leader is in place, and the season closer has all the makings of a hit.
You’ve been to a stadium concert, you’ve been to a concert hall, but have you ever attended a concert in a neighborhood pet store or a willing stranger’s home? It’s that living room kind of intimacy, plus a big dollop of mystery, that Sofar Sounds is all about. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports, an international hub for intimate performances is getting a foothold in Honolulu.
The Atherton Studio seats 60 to 75 people and is home to a magnificent Bösendorfer concert grand piano. The intimate performances are like sitting in on a private studio recording session. All concerts are on Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm, unless otherwise noted. Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged, as Atherton events are frequently sold-out before the performance date.
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.
The Honolulu Museum of Art is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Japanese immigration to Hawai‘i by commissioning new art work. They are sponsoring a series of collaborations between eminent local artists and Japanese masters. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the first collaboration this weekend, involving a master of feminine style taiko drumming, and a shamisen player who’s jammed with Herbie Hancock.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Atherton Studio seats 60 to 75 people and is home to a magnificent Bösendorfer concert grand piano. The intimate performances are like sitting in on a private studio recording session. All concerts are on Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm unless otherwise noted. Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged, as the house is frequently sold out before the performance date.
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.
The New Mastersounds visited us at the Atherton Performing Arts Studio during their visit to Hawaii while playing at the Blue Note Hawaii. The New Mastersounds are:Eddie Roberts - GuitarSimon Allen - DrumsPete Shand - Bass guitarJoe Tatton - Piano Thanks to the Blue Note Hawaiihttp://bluenotehawaii.com/
Traditional grand opera is comically characterized by big violent scenes and jumping from great heights, but more recently especially, introspective, psychological operas are winning new audiences. Hawai‘i Opera Theatre’s latest production, Three Decembers, could do just that. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports the production will bring one of opera’s most beloved performers to four Hawaiian Islands.
Award winning pianist Hiromi Uehara has been playing since age six. A chance meeting in Tokyo with jazz legend Chick Corea set her on a trajectory that took her to number one on the Billboard Jazz Album chart last year. HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Hiromi will be at the Blue Note Waikiki this week, performing her unique combination of jazz, pop and classical music from that album, Spark.