Getting to know the artists behind new album "AMY HANAIALI`I & SLACK KEY MASTERS of HAWAI`I"... in stores now!
• Watch KGMB Morning News Friday morning 10/1 - featuring Jeff Peterson & Amy Hanaiali`i.
• Also, tune in to Kanikapila Sunday with Derrick Malama - this Sunday 10/3 1-4pm
Visit the SLACK KEY MASTER SITE & hear the album, download photos, biographies, & more!
Photo by Kamokila de Mello
Amy Hānaiali'i's talent is the result of an exceptional blend of classical training, modern musical influences and heritage. Raised on the Island of Maui in Hawai'i, Hānaiali'i was raised with the sounds of cultural chants, ancestral drum beats and kani ka pila (music played with family and friends; lit. to play music or an instrument) melded with the sights of lapis colored oceans and verdantly emerald and peridot colored mountains, both abundant with wildlife.
As a performer, Jeff has had the honor to work with a wide range of artists and groups including Eric Clapton, James Galway, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Aaron Neville, Boz Scaggs, the Honolulu Symphony, Hawaii Opera Theatre, Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom, The Matt Catingub Orchestra of Hawaii, jazz bassist Rufus Reid, shakuhachi master Riley Lee, the acclaimed string quartet Ethel, and with many other artists in the fields of Hawaiian, classical, and jazz music. He has four recordings with Riley Lee: “Maui Morning”, “Bamboo Slack Key”, “Haiku”, and “Haleakala”. He also released five solo guitar recording featuring his slack key artistry, “Maui On My Mind”, “Kahealani”, “Slack Key Jazz”, “The Artistry of Jeff Peterson”, and “Pure Slack Key”. Wayne Harada from the Honolulu Advertiser reacted to hearing the CDs by writing: “Add the Peterson name to the top 10 list of slack key giants”, “His manner is impeccable, his style exquisite: the CD is perfection”, “Brilliant . . . Peterson raises the bar a few notches in both slack key and jazz with this bright and exceptional release”. He is also featured as a performer and arranger on the 2008 and 2009 Grammy Nominated recordings “Aumakua” and “Friends and Family of Hawaii” by Amy Hanaiali’i.
Over the past two decades Sonny has performed with virtually every 'name' musician in Hawaii. He is a multiple Hoku award winner, performs regularly with his family in Hawaii and Japan, and performed on Hawaii's first GRAMMY CD, "Slack Key Guitar Volume 2" (Palm Records). Sonny helped to accept the inaugural Hawaiian GRAMMY Award with GRAMMY Award winning producer Charles Michael Brotman in 2005. Sonny's speech was in Hawaiian - the first time ever that the Hawaiian language was spoken on the GRAMMY stage. "Slack Key Guitar: The Artistry of Sonny Lim" is Sonny's first solo CD. The songs include traditional slack key pieces and several songs that Sonny wrote and co-wrote with Brotman. The CD was produced by Brotman for Palm Records.
In 2009 Dennis Kamakahi was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts as a member of the Sons of Hawaii and inducted into the Hawaiian Music Hall Of Fame. Kamakahi continues to perform in live concerts in Hawaii and abroad and currently teaches Hawaiian slack key guitar, the History of Hawaiian songs and their meaning, and songwriting workshops in both Hawaii and the U.S. mainland.
Cyril's touring schedule has increased in the past years, taking him to Japan, Europe, and across the Mainland frequently. But, he is always mindful of the influence of his elders. He comments, "All my music comes from dad, Atta Isaacs, and Sonny Chillingworth. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be here. They showed all of us young ones the way."
David "Chino" Montero is recognized as one of Hawaii's most talented guitarists and falsetto vocalists. He has performed and recorded with many of Hawaii's top artists and was a founding member of the popular trio Palolo. His music was featured on three Grammy Nominated recordings in 2006, 2008, and 2009.
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