Whittier College News Release
For Immediate Release - June 30, 1999
Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Masters in concert
WHAT: Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Masters in concert
Slack key guitar, better known as Ki ho'alu to Hawaiians, is a guitar technique native to Hawaii that mimics the yodels and falsettos common to Hawaiian singing changes. Like blues guitar, the slack key tradition is very flexible and can have great emotional depth. Many Hawaiian songs and slack key guitar pieces reflect themes, such as stories of the past and present, and the aloha for loved ones. For these reasons, Hawaiian slack key guitar is one of the worlds great acoustic guitar traditions.
Led Kaapana, along with being an excellent slack key guitar player, is also accomplished on the ukulele, steel guitar, autoharp and bass. Additionally, he is a fine singer in both baritone and leo kiekie (falsetto).
George Kahumoku, Jr. is an artist, musician, songwriter and composer, farmer, storyteller and teacher. His music and his voice have been described as "earthy and organic--one with the land." His love and respect for the land and the earth are imbedded in his music, and he likes to think of his music as nature songs; songs of love, hope, desire and lament.
Daniel Ho has released six best selling smooth jazz albums, several of which reached top ten on Billboard. Additionally, numerous songs from his band "Kiluea," are in regular rotation on Los Angeles' local smooth jazz station (94.7) KTWV. Born and raised in Honolulu, he has studied an array of instruments, including the organ and guitar, and has seen success in his musical career which crosses the boundaries between Hawaiian music and contemporary smooth jazz.
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