Keola Beamer

Date: 11.02.2013

Time: 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Location: Soka Performing Arts Center

Moanalani Beamer, Keola Beamer, and R. Carlos Nakai Geoffrey Keezer

Soka Performing Arts Center World Music Events

Keola Beamer with Moanalani Beamer, R. Carlos Nakai, and Geoffrey Keezer

"Malama Ko Aloha: Keep Your Love"

Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 8 p.m.

For over thirty years, KEOLA BEAMER's artistry has helped breathe new life into slack key guitar music while remaining true to the soul of its deeply Hawaiian roots. Keola has become a Hawaiian music legend as one of Hawai'i's premier singer-songwriters, arrangers, composers and masters of the Hawaiian slack key guitar. He was one of the first to integrate Hawaiian chants and instruments, like the tiny gourd whistle and the nose flute, with contemporary forms of music. His wife MOANALANI BEAMER joins him in performing hula as well as chants and traditional Hawaiian instruments. Keola was one of the first to use slack key techniques to create contemporary music that are as much at home in jazz or classical forums as in Hawaiian music.

This performance brings to the live stage the key elements of the 2012 PBS TV special -- KEOLA BEAMER: MĀLAMA KO ALOHA (“KEEP YOUR LOVE”), with Hawaiian slack key master Keola Beamer, Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai, jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer, and kumu hula (hula master) Moanalani Beamer.

The maxim of generations of the legendary Beamer family -- "mālama ko aloha" --"keep (nurture & cherish) your love" -- is the cornerstone of this concert, which celebrates many facets of aloha with beautiful songs from a mix of traditions as they share cultures, genres, and sensibilities—and humor. Their work together both highlights each unique talent and culture while also embodying the true spirit of collaboration and aloha. The show includes stories from Hawaiian history and legend.

Tickets: $38.00/$28.00 Students and Seniors (62+)

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