Voices Of Hawaii featuring Kawika Kahiapo and Nathan Aweau

Voices Of Hawaii featuring Kawika Kahiapo and Nathan Aweau

Nathan Aweau

Monday, May 28

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts

Sacramento, CA

$35

Nathan Aweau
Nathan Aweau
Aweau, whose 25-year career spans such Hawaiian music royalty as Hapa, Amy Hanaialii, and Don Ho, will perform an intimate solo show to finish off his inaugural solo West Coast tour.

In addition to his nine Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii's annual music awards), three for Male Vocalist of the Year, Aweau is a multi-instrumentalist whose singing, songwriting, and performances have graced at least two Grammy-nominated CDs and helped make Hapa the biggest selling Hawaiian music group in history. Other Hoku awards include "Jazz Album of the Year" for an electric bass project he produced called "Bass Etude."

As a member of Hapa, Aweau helped propel the group's critically acclaimed album "Maui" into the Top 10 on Billboard's World Music chart, lending his signature lush vocals, acoustic guitar and electric bass. Aweau's musical prowess began with early music lessons on piano, ukulele, percussion and saxophone, before he settled on bass as his main instrument. While with Hapa, Aweau continued to work on solo projects, including a 2007 album on which he played every instrument.

Aweau's performances are mesmerizing, featuring soaring Hawaiian falsettos and virtuoso bass playing. Aweau's contemporary interpretations of songs such as the classic Helen Parker melody "Akaka Falls" show off his vocal chops. The New York Times recognizes Aweau's talents, noting that he has "an in-depth understanding of harmony and orchestration, and his singing style is effortless." And Honolulu's main daily reports that Aweau is "that distinguished rarity...a jack of all trades, master of a wide domain."

In concert, Aweau plays a 12-string or 6-string acoustic guitar, as well as a special 7-string electric bass on which he plucks out classic funk just as easily as contemporary jazz. His bass-playing is reminiscent of Chapman Stick musicians, tapping out intricate rhythms and melodies simultaneously with most of his fingers.
Venue Information:
Sofia Tsakopoulos Center for the Arts
2700 Capitol Ave
Sacramento, CA, 95816
https://bstreettheatre.org/shows/?series=music