Island Breeze in Concert

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Island Breeze in Concert


Friday Dec 07 07:30 PM


Doris Duke Theatre


Museum members: $25.00
General Admission: $30.00


About the Performance:

Island Breeze is an all-star trio blending Hawaiian and Japanese instruments in a creatively inspiring and exciting style. Grammy award-winning Hawaiian slack key guitarist Jeff Peterson and shakuhachi (bamboo flute) master Riley Lee have been performing and recording together for many years but joined forces with taiko master Kenny Endo in 2012 during a week-long residency in which each artist conducted intensive workshops in Honolulu. The trio put together a program of refreshing music—like an “island breeze”—and presented it in concert at the University of Hawai‘i. This collaboration eventually resulted in a CD recording in 2014, and a Nā Hōkū Hanohano nomination in 2015 for Best Instrumental Album of the Year and Best Instrumental Song of the Year.

Jeff Peterson is one of the most versatile musicians in the Hawaiian music scene. Born on Maui and raised on the slopes of Haleakala, Jeff is deeply rooted in his Hawaiian heritage yet his classical, and jazz influences have given him a unique voice on the Hawaiian slack key guitar. He has contributed to two Grammy award-winning recordings and has been honored with seven Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards including Best Instrumental Album of the Year in 2017. 

Riley Lee spent time on both O‘ahu and Kauai but currently resides in Sydney, Australia. He was the first non-Japanese to attain the rank of dai shihan (grand master) in shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) and was also the first Asian American professional taiko drummer in the 1970s with world famous Ondekoza (predecessor to the renown Kodo). In 1995, he co-founded “Taikoz,” one of Australia’s premier performance groups. 

Taiko artist Kenny Endo is at the vanguard of the taiko genre, continually paving new directions for the ancient taiko (Japanese drum). Though Endo is well known for the thunderous sounds he produces on drums as huge as 6 x 8 feet, he brings a subtle but artistic, musical, and infectious beat to Island Breeze

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