STEPHEN JAY & JIM "KIMO" WEST: PARALLEL UNIVERSE TOUR

STEPHEN JAY & JIM "KIMO" WEST: PARALLEL UNIVERSE TOUR

Wednesday, May 16

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 6:30 pm

Harlow's Restaurant and Nightclub

Sacramento, CA

$20 Adv - $25 Day of Show

Stephen Jay
Stephen Jay
Stephen Jay is a composer, bassist, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist. His original music is bass-driven, innovative, and exotic, blending world influenced polyrhythmic grooves with elements of Jazz and Rock. His combinations of ethnic and modern instruments and styles result in unique, richly textured musical images.

His background includes a BA and MM Graduate Fellowship in composition, USF, and studies with composers John Cage, Lucas Foss, Max Neuhaus and Charles Wuronien. His world music experience includes live performance and studies throughout West Africa. He was adopted into the Niamey Djerma Griot culture by master drummer Isah Hamani. From his field recordings Stephen produced 2 Two highly acclaimed albums for the Nonesuch Explorer Series. (see "Drum, Chant and Instrumental Music") He has also been a featured guest on NPR's "All Things Considered" with Robert Siegel on the subject of traditional West African music.

Stephen's bass recording credits include 4 Grammy winners and many Grammy nominated albums. He is the credited bassist, backing vocalist and orchestrator on "Weird Al" Yankovic's recent Billboard #1 album, "Mandatory Fun", also on 9 RIAA Gold and 5 Platinum albums, doubling on backing vocals, and other instruments including banjo, flute, keyboards, dundun, gulu, percussion and backing vocals. His past work includes bass performance and recording with Wayne Shorter, Hugh Masekela, Alex Acuna, Luis Conte, Rick Derringer, Isah Hamani, Joe Higgs, Betty Buckley, and Jimmy Haskell. He is an original and continuing member of "Weird Al" Yankovic's band, recording and touring since 1982. Stephen's own polymetric funk band, "Ak & Zuie", has toured the US, Canada, and Australia, and has appeared on PBS. He was voted one of "Today's 20 Top Bassists" by "International Musician and Recording World" magazine.

As a film composer Stephen has scored more than seventy nationally broadcast PBS specials and series episodes, including three George Foster Peabody Award winners, and has contributed scores and orchestration to other television shows and to feature films. His own Ayarou Music Library includes more than 4,000 cues and songs of every musical style and description.
Jim "Kimo" West
Jim "Kimo" West
Hawaiian slack key guitar (ki ho'alu) is one of the great acoustic guitar traditions of the world, dating back to the 1840's when guitars were first brought to Hawaii and relatively unknown outside the islands until recently. "Slack Key" means that some of the strings are slacked from standard tuning, with the bass, melody, and improvisation played at the same time, and is often played to accompany traditional dance or song. Many players use their own special tunings that often remain proprietary secrets.

Jim "Kimo" West first visited Hana, Maui in 1985, after a long summer on the road as guitarist for famed musical satirist, "Weird Al" Yankovic. As the sounds of Gabby Pahinui, the Sons of Hawai'i, Sonny Chillingworth, The Sunday Manoa, and others, played on the turntable, he jammed along for fun and relaxation. Already a devotee of open tunings, he was immediately drawn to the gentle rhythms of ki ho 'alu (slack key guitar) and soon began writing his own songs. The rich physical and cultural landscape of the Hana Coast has provided the inspiration for many of his compositions.

While always retaining the heartfelt essence of traditional slack key, Jim "Kimo" West brings much of his own musical heritage to his original ki ho'alu instrumentals. His style can best be described as "nahenahe", meaning "soft, sweet or gentle voice", a fusion of old and new but still rooted deeply in tradition.

Jim lives in Los Angeles where he writes and produces music for film and television. His music has graced feature films and TV shows on all the major networks and cable channels and his slack key compositions have been featured on National Public Radio, Honda TV spots as well as the Disney Channel . He travels regularly to the islands to perform, relax and visit with his "ohana". He also performs slack key concerts around the mainland US, especially in the Southern California area, and at selected private events.

"Jim West's new recording continues his Slack Key explorations in his unique and beautiful style, and in various tunings, including two of his own invention, further accentuating his own sound"
-- George Winston. pianist/ guitarist
"James "Kimo" West captures the spirit and essence of ki ho`alu in his work - an extraordinary talent!"
-- Ozzie Kotani, ki ho 'alu master

"Slack Key West, Jim's latest album, is a record that is beautifully performed, written and recorded and shows Jim expanding the role of slack key guitar playing. It's been said often that there are really only two kinds of music; good and bad. Jim West makes good music."
-- Richard Bennett
Mark Knopfler Band

"Go West and you'll find slack-key paradise"
-- Wayne Harada, Honolulu Advertiser

"It is so refreshing to hear some original compositions that are unique, well crafted and sincere and from the heart... Varied and rich! I love all the tunes and have a hard time picking favorites."
-- Kapono Beamer, Hawaiian music legend

"Kimo West is able to transport his listener to a more simple time in Hawai'i with his music. A journey on the wings of ki ho'alu slack key guitar floating somewhere close to where the heart of the islands reside."
-- Kamaka Brown, producer, writer and Hawaiian Pidgin English storyteller
Venue Information:
Harlow's Restaurant and Nightclub
2708 "J" Street
Sacramento, CA, 95816
http://harlows.com/