Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Masters at Yoshi's Oakland
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The last date listed for George Kuo, Martin Pahinui and Aaron Mahi was Thursday April 7, 2011 / 10:00pm.
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GEORGE KUO – Known for perpetuating traditional Hawaiian slack key guitar styling (kiho`alu), George started playing slack key in the ‘70s at garage jam-sessions, bars, concerts, and parties with friends and old-school slack key masters. George shares the feelings and enjoyment of a by-gone era in Hawaii that he was fortunate to have been a part of. George formed a group in 1980 named the Kipapa Rush Band, and later joined Eddie Kamae and the Sons of Hawaii in 1986. He currently performs steadily at the Waikiki Marriott Hotel and in concerts across the United States and Japan.
MARTIN PAHINUI** – Martin is known for his out-of-this-world singing and legendary family musical tradition. Martin’s incredible voice range from a low deep bass to a rich high and haunting falsetto is reminiscent of his legendary father, Gabby Pahinui. Martin grew up listening and watching his dad and other legendary performer friends gather at their home for rehearsals and memorable jam sessions that sometimes lasted for several days. Martin performed at nightclubs on Maui for many years before coming home and playing with the Peter Moon Band in the ‘80s and ‘90s.
AARON MAHI **– Aaron is one of Hawaii’s living legends in traditional Hawaiian music. He has a tremendous repertoire and knowledge of the hidden meanings of traditional Hawaiian songs, and combines traditional Hawaiian with formal music arranging, and has achieved the highest accolades in classical music circles. Upon graduating with distinction from the Hart School of Music, he performed as a bassist and later became the assistant conductor for the Honolulu Symphony. Vurrently, Aaron has been the conductor of the City and County of Honolulu’s Royal Hawaiian Band since 1980. Aaron is also fluent in Hawaiian language and perpetuates many of the old ways that he spent time learning from his family and from many elder Hawaiians that were famous musicians, arrangers, and songwriters. As Hawaii’s musical ambassador to the world, he performs with various Hawaiian shows and was the conductor for 24 years with the Royal Hawaiian Band.