Irvine Barclay Theatre Presents the Hawaiian Music Masters Series - the Best of the Islands

Hawaiian Music Masters Series
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MAMO: Nathan Aweau & Jeff Peterson

February 8, 2014
Two of Hawai'is award-winning guitarists take a fresh look at some of the islands' most popular hula songs.

Dennis Kamakahi with Stephen Inglis & Waipuna
April 12, 2014

Hawai'i's most prolific composer, Dennis Kamakahi is a multi-grammy-winning artist who was a member of the legendary Sons of Hawai'i.

May 24, 2014
One of Hawai'i's most popular exports, this duo defines contemporary Hawaiian music.

Irvine Barclay Theatre

4242 Campus Drive, Irvine CA | 949.854.4646

Subscription packages range from $72-$102

Gold ticket package price: $285

The Hawaiian Masters Series is sponsored by:
Elizabeth R. Steele & Trisha Steele


MAMO: Nathan Aweau and Jeff Peterson
Saturday, February 08, 2014 at 8pm

Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winners Nathan Aweau and Jeff Peterson collaborated on a  CD for release in Japan. Jeff and Nathan enjoyed the experience so much that they decided to take the show on tour and release the CD in the U.S. Along with some of Jeff’s originals, they took some hula standards and gave them a little jazz twist. The result is a fresh look at some of Hawai’i’s most popular hula songs.
Nathan  has made several appearances at the Barclay over the years as part of the group, HAPA. His newest solo album 'Io won 3 major awards at the Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii's Grammy) including Song of the Year and Album of the Year.

Jeff astonished audiences last season with his guitar technique during his Barclay debut with slack key master, Keola Beamer. We are thrilled to have both Nathan and Jeff back on our stage.

“[Jeff Peterson’s] manner is impeccable, his style exquisite”… “Brilliant”
Honolulu Advertiser

Dennis Kamakahi with Stephen Inglis & Waipuna
Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 8pm

Hawaiian slack key guitar master Dennis Kamakahi is hailed as one of the finest composers Hawaii has ever produced. His tenure with the legendary Hawaiian music group Sons of Hawaii led Kamakahi to become one of Hawaii's most prolific songwriters, crafting more than 400 songs, including many standards in both Hawaiian and English. A three-time Grammy winner and a five-time Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy) recipient, Dennis was inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

Stephen Inglis is recognized as one of the most diverse musical artists in Hawai'i today. Equally at home on the acoustic and electric guitar, the art of Ki Ho'alu (Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar) has been at the heart of his music in recent years.

Waipuna (spring water) is an exciting collaboration of three talented individuals, Kale Hannahs, Matthew Sproat, and David Kamakahi (Dennis' son). Their music mixes Hawaiian classics and original songs in a style all their own - they are upbeat, technically superb, and share a sense of fun that immediately connects to all audiences. In 2012, Waipuna won three Na Hoku Hanohano awards for Group of the Year, Single of the Year and Island Music Album of the Year.

With the strong Hawaiian tradition of passing music along through the generations, it is fitting that Waipuna joins Hawaiian music legend Dennis Kamakahi in this special concert.

Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 8pm

Like the islands themselves, HAPA’s music is an amalgam of influences ranging from ancient Polynesian rhythms and chants to the strummed ballads of Portuguese fisherman and Mexican cowboys. Add to this a dose of American acoustic folk/rock, and you have what has been described as the “most exciting and beautiful contemporary Hawaiian music the world knows!” (Maui Times) These disparate ingredients, blended together musically in the Pacific, create the unique flavor of HAPA's music: “beautiful, fragile, spiritual, powerful…” (L.A. Times)

“Hawaii’s hottest group!”

--Billboard Magazine

 “If Maui were music, it would sound like these guys.”

--Santa Cruz Sentinel


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