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November 7, 2013 at 3:35 PM
Amid the dropping temperatures, blustery winds and increasing rainfall, Cyril Pahinui is bringing a touch of the Aloha spirit, if not Hawaiian weather, to Seattle this weekend.
Five years ago, the Oahu-based musician and his wife, Chelle, founded the Seattle Slack Key Festival, which returns to Town Hall this Sunday.
“It’s just to give the people on the mainland a treat,” the guitarist explained, speaking from the Kani Ka Pila Grille, the Waikiki restaurant at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach, where he can be found performing every Wednesday with his trio. “It’s helping to keep Hawaiian culture going.”
The four hour event, which starts at 2 pm, will feature not only Pahinui, but also such acclaimed talents as Palani Vaughan, known for his four album series about Hawaii’s “Merrie Monarch,” King Kalakaua; Roland Cazimero, one half of noted Hawaiian duo The Brothers Cazimero, who have over 30 albums to their credit; and Jerry Santos, known for his work with his band Olomana, as well as his efforts on behalf of water conservation in Hawaii.
“You’re going to get the best of best,” Pahinui said proudly. “Some of these guys you’ve never seen for many years. You can’t go wrong.”
November 5, 2013 at 10:52 AM
Paul Simon and Sting will play KeyArena on February 19. The pair will perform together in addition to solo performances with their respective bands. Tickets go on sale at 10 .m. on Monday, Nov 18.
October 27, 2013 at 6:11 PM
When Lisa Alma was touring the East Coast this year, she played a number of cavernous concert halls that afforded her the luxury of playing a grand piano, so excuse Alma for feeling a little cramped Saturday night.
The tiny Fremont Abbey stage limited Alma to a keyboard, but that didn’t stop her from delivering a haunting set of subtle, electronic dream-pop. As soon as Alma began playing the first strains of “Our Time,” one woman in the back row had this succinct analysis: “All of a sudden I’m in Europe.”
It’s true, Alma’s charming Danish accent does worm its way into her singing, and the icy-cool beats she sings over instantly sound like they hail from Western Europe. (more…)
October 25, 2013 at 3:30 PM
Most artists don’t bother getting their master’s degrees but for Danish singer Lisa Alma it seemed like the natural thing to do.
“I got really interested in feminist theory, performance art, the whole vibe that started with John Cage and got developed into the performance art scene in New York in the 70s,” said Alma, who holds a master’s degree in theater and performance studies. “But I always did the practical stuff on the side while I was studying theory.”
Back when she was a young student at the London Centre of Contemporary Music, Alma discovered the electronic music that creates the basis for the restrained dream-pop of her debut self-titled album. She plays the Fremont Abbey Saturday night with Argentinian singer-songwriter Federico Aubule. (more…)
August 1, 2013 at 10:25 AM
Summer Meltdown, which started modestly 13 years ago as a hippie jam-band spree,
has slowly evolved into a major outdoor festival. With tent camping folded into
the price of admission, the woodsy vibe is a far cry from the Gorge parking lot.
This year the lineup includes Minus the Bear, Lotus, The Cave Singers, Ivan
Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Led to Sea, Beat Happening and many, many others. Gates open at 3 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. Friday-next Sunday, Aug. 11 at Whitehorse Mountain Amphitheater, Arlington, Snohomish County; day passes $30-$65, weekend pass $150 (206-405-4200 or www.summermeltdown.com).
June 11, 2013 at 5:30 AM
Youn Sun Nah, ‘Lento’ (ACT)
If you haven’t heard Youn Sun Nah yet, fix that. Shockingly original, haunting, witty and charming, she’s worth checking out on record or live. Though raised in Korea, Nah has lived in Paris since 1995, where she is a top-selling artist and was awarded the honorific “Chevalier of Arts and Letters” by the French government. She sings in a huge alto with clarity, strength and control and a dramatic suppleness that keeps you guessing as to just how she’s going to enter each phrase. She really knows how to use silence.
On the aptly titled “Lento,” she offers mostly original tunes in spare, minimal settings of guitar (Ulf Wakenius) and bass (Lars Danielsson) with some reedy, chanson-flavored accordion (Vincent Peirani) thrown in. If her version of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt” doesn’t pierce you to your soul, you may need a tuneup. On one of two collaborations with Peirani (she writes the lyrics), “Empty Dream,” she skitters insouciantly down a scale with Danielsson, like Sheila Jordan might. , and On “Wakenius’ “Momento Magico,” she offers a full-out scat that is so deft — and funny, the way she keeps punching a low, “doh-doh-doh” figure — it is hard to keep a straight face listening to it.
In her irreverence and willingness to bring in non-jazz influences (electronics, folk, classical, rock), Nah is in the same league as the wonderful Live Maria Roggen, from Norway, especially when the Parisian goes hog wild into Tom Waitsville on “Ghost Riders in the Sky.” On “Full Circle,” she doubles her voice electronically, still managing to sound clear as spring water. “Waiting” features electric cello. The gorgeous title track offers poetic lyrics set to a Scriabin prelude.
It’s not often a voice this distinctive comes along.
Note: Youn Sun Nah performs June 24 at the Kirkland Performance Center.
Other new releases
Black Sabbath, “13” (Universal Republic)
Goo Goo Dolls, “Magnetic” (Warner Bros)
Jimmy Eat World, “Damage” (RCA)
June 2, 2013 at 3:30 PM
Reflective of its name, an anagram of bandleader Adam Pierce’s, New York’s Mice Parade — who play Monday at the Triple Door — artfully re-arranges folk, shoegaze, electronica and worldbeat curiosities into cozy experimental pop. (more…)
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