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Hawaii's Premier Duo
- Monday, Mar 10, 2014
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Often encapsulated as the “Sound of Maui” or the “Soundtrack of Hawaii,” the music and sound of the group Hapa evokes a place that many people have referred to as heavenly. The sound? Expect to hear hypnotic, liquid guitar runs woven around clear, tenor Hawaiian vocals and immaculate harmonies driven by poetic lyrics exulting the rapture of the Hawaiian landscape, history and mythology. Just add to this a dose of American folk-rock, you have what has been described as “the most exciting and beautiful contemporary Hawaiian music the world knows” (Maui Times). The overriding quality of their music is one of passion, beauty and serenity, found in the majestic tones of the oli (chant), mele (song) and the exhilarating innovative sounds of virtuoso guitar performances. “Masterful” is how Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Stephen Stills describes the group’s guitar skills.
The group’s recordings have infused fearless and brilliant production while weaving unique, inventive elements of sound and textures into their intricate South Pacific tapestry. Over the years this has included adding such diverse instruments on their recordings as the Irish uilleann pipe, Hawaiian pahu drum and the electric sitar. Guest appearances have included friend and folk rock icon Kenny Loggins singing in the Hawaiian language; internationally recognized slam-poet and storyteller Kealoha; to the final recorded vocal performance by the “King Of Hawaiian Entertainment” Don Ho.
Their music has appeared in countless National TV shows and feature films, and the group was showcased in a PBS Documentary hosted by Peter Fonda, who describes Hapa as “The music of my Bali Hai.” National Geographic kicked off their “Geo Sessions” music series with profiles on the group and Ben Harper.
The blend of their original vocal sound was originated on a wooden picnic bench in the beautiful little beach town of Lahaina on the island of Maui in the early 1980’s. It has traveled far in 30 years, as Rolling Stone Japan recently described them as “Titans of the genre.” Don Ho predicted in 1993: “What Hapa means and what their message is will touch and inspire millions.”
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Titans of the genre” – Rolling Stone
“The past present and future of contemporary Hawaiian music.” – The San Francisco Examiner
“Beautiful, fragile, spiritual, powerful” – Los Angeles Times
“Complex, sophisticated and flawlessly conceived and engineered, Hapa concerts and recordings are as elaborate and visceral as today’s Hawaii” – Kauai Times
About Lau Hawaiian Collective: Sueoka-Burk Duo
Sweet, poignant, rollicking music of the islands.
Named among Minnesota Public Radio’s Top 9 Minnesota Arts Stories in 2013, Minneapolis-based Lau Hawaiian Collective is a group of performing artists dedicated to the perpetuation of Hawaiian music with reverence and imagination. Their concerts and educational programs illuminate the journey of Hawaii’s musical traditions through an ever-changing global landscape.
The band has been featured on The Cedar Cultural Center’s Local World Music Showcase, Ticket to Brasil’s Adieu Summer Concert Series, Minnesota Guitar Society’s Local Artist Series, the City of Minneapolis’s Music in the Park Series, the City of Roseville’s Outdoor Concert Series, St. Paul’s on-the-hill’s Summit Avenue Outdoor Concert Series, The Schubert Club’s Family Concert Series, Lyngblomsten’s Midsummer Festival, and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota’s Kids Clubhouse program. Lau Hawaiian Collective’s CD, Wai: Hawaiian Fresh Water Songs was released in collaboration with Hamline University’s Center for Global Environmental Education and funded in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.