For today's sessions I'm doing a rendition of Kimo Hussey's arrangement of Killing Me Softly. Check out the upcoming workshop/concert with Kimo Hussey and Zanuck Lindsey at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1028991630463703/http://ukuleleinspired.com/2015/04/29/an-evening-w-kimo-hussey-zanuck-lindsey/ And you can buy tickets here: https://squareup.com/market/ukulele-inspired
Come and join us for an evening with world renowned ukulele artist and educator Kimo Hussey. Kimo is joined by accomplished musician, composer, and teacher Zanuck Lindsey to share their knowledge of music and ukulele with all of us. A small intimate house concert is to follow featuring Kimo and Zanuck along with bay area ukulele artist John Nash. Spaces are limited and will sell out, so purchase now to reserve your spot and receive location details. The Facebook event is HERE and be sure to check out the video below for some inspiration :)
Last Saturday I made the trek up north to visit The Strum Shop in Roseville for a workshop/concert with two of my favorite ukulele artists playing today, Kimo Hussey and Kalei Gamiao. I have been hearing and seeing a lot about the Strum Shop over the past year as they have had some great artists and teachers come through their doors as of late. It was great to finally meet local ukulele guru and Strum Shop owner, Stu Herreid. He has created a really great community up in the Sacramento area through teaching, different events, and organizing the local ukulele club, Uke University.
Kimo taught a fantastic workshop covering some basic chord movement and chord replacement. He also discussed training your ear to learn when to hear when chord changes should happen. He had such a great energy and was really good at connecting with all of the participants. Kalei's workshop covered some of the basic ideas behind his right hand techniques, from strumming to lead picking. It was interesting to hear about some of his creative process and how he discovers and executes some of his incredibly intricate rhythms.
The concert portion of the event was one of my favorites by far. Kimo's solo set was so intimate, he is such a great musician and story teller and his ability to evoke different feelings and emotions in his playing is unparalleled. I have been waiting to hear Kalei play live for quite some time now, as he was one of my first inspirations when I started playing ukulele. His technique is breathtaking to watch, and their were several wow's from the audience at the end of a few of his more intense pieces. After both solo sets they played a short set together which was the highlight of the night for me. It was really special and I feel lucky to have been there to enjoy it.
Both of these guys are real busy the next couple of months with teaching and performing at different events around the world so be sure to check them both out if you have a chance. Also if you are in the northern California area keep an eye out on the Strum Shop's calendar where there are always some great ukulele events happening!
Kimo Hussey: http://kimohussey.com/
Kalei Gamiao: http://kaleigamiao.com/
Strum Shop: http://thestrumshop.com/
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I was so excited to get to meet Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel this past weekend. Craig's workshop was a lot of fun and he shared some strumming and rhythmic techniques that he uses in his unique and exciting playing style. Sarah taught some classic blues and jazz progressions and some her favorite variations and chord shapes that she uses in her own music.
In the evening concert following the workshops, both artists put on incredible shows. Both performances included covers, collaborations, and originals and really showcased how talented Craig and Sarah are on stage. The highlight for me was their collaboration of "More Than Words", a song that brought a lot of memories and a few tears (I got to admit) when they sang it together.
Afterwards I got to chat with them a bit and get some autographed copies of their albums. They were both really down to earth people that are passionate about their craft. The next couple of months is very busy for these two, please check them out and support if you can.
Craig Chee http://craigchee.wordpress.com/
Sarah Maisel http://www.sarahmaisel.com/
Thanks again to Mike DaSilva of DaSilva Ukulele Co. for hosting such a wonderful event and to Craig and Sarah, really great job to both of you guys.[fbshare type="button"]