Vollrath Company Music Series
Makana: Hawaiian Slack Key
Friday, February 22, 2013 7:30 PM
Born and raised in Hawaii, Makana is an internationally acclaimed Slack Key guitarist, singer, composer, philosopher, activist, and one of Hawaii's cultural ambassadors to the world. He is considered the youngest authority on his art form and recognized as one of the top guitarists in the US (Guitar Player Magazine 2008). The New York Times calls him "A dynamic force within the style" of slack key, and National Geographic Society says Makana is "charting a new sonic frontier with deep ties to tradition."
His songs range from traditional to highly original, both instrumental and lyrical, exploring a broad spectrum of themes: cultural, philosophical, social-political, economic, interpersonal, sensual, and universal, often through the lens of humor and a piercing wit. He has performed in venues worldwide, ranging from Tianjin Opera House in China, to the White House, toured nationwide with Jason Mraz, opened for Sting, Santana and Elvis Costello, and released six records to date.