International recording artist and ‘ukulele legend OHTA-SAN will conduct a workshop on the history and technical artistry of the ‘ukulele at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, June 26 at the Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center in San Jose’s Japantown in California and at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, June 28 at the Dusty Strings Uke Fest (www.DustyStrings.com) in Seattle, Washington.
On Friday, June 27 at Santa Clara University and Sunday, June 29, at Town Hall Seattle, Hawai’i Music Live and Pumehana Productions present “OHTA-SAN LIVE” featuring jazz guitarist Nando Suan and world renown ‘ukulele artist, Herb Ohta, Jr. Tickets are available through http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006. Join us for this two-day celebration! For more information, visit: http://www.HawaiiMusicLive.com.
Known for his Bossa Nova jazz sound and technical artistry, OHTA-SAN made history by showcasing his incredible talents and the abilities of the ‘ukulele over four decades. As a young child, OHTA-SAN, Herbert Ohta won first prize at the ‘Amateur Hour’ at KGMB Studios in downtown Honolulu three weeks in a row before they deemed him just too good to continue. By age 12, he was the prodigy of ‘ukulele master, The Sons of Hawai’i leader Eddie Kamae. A true visionary and technical master, OHTA-SAN was the first to implement the low G string allowing him to explore the ukulele’s abilities to reach complex genres of music such as classical, pop, Latin, Japanese and Broadway tunes. OHTA-SAN took to heart all the teaching and advice of his mentor and created his own extraordinary path of success traveling the globe to become one of the most prolific and celebrated masters of the ’ukulele today.
Many world tours and years of recording later, (his first album was released in 1964), OHTA-SAN’s vast repertoire now defies classification – he can expertly deliver a soft, romantic “Tennessee Waltz,” a crisp, snappy “Girl from Ipanema,” and everything in between. His lovely “Song for Anna” (written specifically for him by French composer André Popp) was an international hit in 1974 and has sold over six million copies. Today, OHTA-SAN is honored as one of the world’s greatest `ukulele players, with over 60 albums in multiple genres, and is an inspiration to countless `ukulele players and music lovers throughout the world including the U.S., Canada, France, Australia, Japan, Mexico, and Brazil.
OHTA-SAN’s music has graced the airwaves of national radio. Appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show, Dinah Shore Show and his multiple recordings with labels such as A&M Records and Victor JVC have given OHTA-SAN national exposure and brought to the forefront a true appreciation worldwide for this tiny little four-stringed instrument and for the islands of Hawai’i.
Performing on stage with OHTA-SAN will be his long-time musical companion, the incredible jazz guitarist Nando Suan and special guest, OHTA-SAN’s son, Herb Ohta, Jr. Influenced by Wes Montgomery and other jazz greats, jazz guitarist Nando Suan is the perfect compliment to OHTA-SAN’s grace and precision. Herb Ohta, Jr. has paved his own successful journey reaching an entirely new audience and generation, taking his love of the ’ukulele and Hawaiian music and infusing the passion and grace of his father’s influence in his own compositions, workshops and award winning international recordings. An acclaimed master of Hawaiian `ukulele music in his own right, Herb Ohta, Jr, has released more than a dozen solo and duet albums, as well as having contributed to more than 40 recordings. He is also respected as an instructor/educator, leading classes and workshops and co-authoring books with Grammy winner Daniel Ho on `ukulele technique, and is celebrated for his ongoing contributions to the world of Hawaiian music.
This tour is presented by Hawaii Music Live and Pumehana Productions, two companies committed to bringing Aloha to the mainland through ‘ukulele and slack key guitar performances and workshops with Hawaiian music’s premier musicians. Working with local communities and Hawaiian music enthusiasts in all parts of the nation, it is the goal of Hawai’i Music Live to nurture and share the Hawaiian culture beyond the islands and connect people with the music, traditions and beauty of the Hawaiian heritage. For more information: http://www.HawaiiMusicLive.com