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Arrangements help the harp feel at home in a jazz combo

Harpist Megan Bledsoe Ward is joined by Noel Okimoto (vibraphone), Jon Hawes (bass) and Allan Ward (drums) in demonstrating the possibilities of using a harp as a jazz instrument in this self-titled debut album by the Pacific Harp Project. Read more

Opera looks at Medusa as a victim of the gods

Medusa as victim rather than monstrous villain — that’s the premise of the latest rock opera from Gerard K. Gonsalves and Tin Idol Productions. Sandy “Storm” Essman stars in the title role with Darren Soliven as narrator. Read more

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Kahumoku celebrates the Hawaiian cowboy

George Kahumoku’s three Grammy Awards for his work as a record producer represent only a small part of his overall contributions to Hawaiian music. Kahumoku draws on most facets of that broad repertoire with this collection of songs about paniolo (Hawaiian cowboys). Read more

Kahiapo shows gratitude via guitar, stirring voice

Kawika Kahiapo has enjoyed critical and popular success as a solo performer and as a member of Hawaiian quartet Kaukahi. The title of this anthology translates as “Living Water,” and he describes its contents as expressing his gratitude to God for all he has accomplished and all he has received. Read more

Music puts isle spin on Yuletide

Hawaii recording artists have embraced the modern tradition of putting out Christmas albums, and this year there are four new releases. Read more

Teenage ukulele player is a talented songwriter

Watching Aidan James introduce the songs on his debut album in concert at the Honolulu Museum of Art on Nov. 29 and then listening to them as recorded on the CD clarifies what he means when he says, “I want to be able to show the ukulele to everybody and be able to show that you can do anything with it.” Read more

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