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2018 PERFORMERS & WORKSHOPS

Aaron & Nicole Keim, The Quiet American

The Quiet American is husband and wife duo, Aaron and Nicole Keim. A home-grown modern folk revival, their music incorporates traditional ballads, banjo breakdowns, raggy choruses, gospel duets and other dusty Americana gems, all delivered on a variety of acoustic instruments. Gathered around a single microphone, Aaron and Nicole present a concert experience that pays tribute to old time folk music traditions yet strives to connect to a modern audience.  Both trained as music teachers, they travel the world teaching ukulele, banjo and folk music and publishing their own instructional books.

Aaron's Workshop: Clawhammer Ukulele - Intermediate/Advanced

Clawhammer style is a banjo playing technique that also sounds great on the ukulele. For this workshop, we will get the basic techniques and learn two short tunes. Students will also go home with a series of practice exercises and more tunes for enrichment.


Nicole's Workshop: Set Your Voice Free - Beginner

Students in this class will explore different aspects of singing using a variety of folk songs in a non-threatening and inclusive environment. We'll briefly discuss proper vocal production, vocal health, breath support and technique, but mostly we'll just sing! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us.

Abe Lagrimas, Jr  

Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award-winning artist Abe Lagrimas, Jr. is a versatile and professional multi-instrumentalist on the drums, ukulele, and vibraphone. The Hawaii-bred 2012 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition semi-finalist attended Berklee College of Music as a drum set principal. As an ukulele player, Abe has performed at ukulele and jazz festivals throughout the world and released multiple albums in the United States, Japan, and Korea. An active educator, Abe has written instructional ukulele books for Consonus Music Institute and for the Berklee Press; his book entitled Jazz Ukulele: Comping, Soloing, Chord Melodies, is published by Hal Leonard. Abe endorses Koolau Ukuleles, Kaminari Cables, and Fusion Bags. Check out his latest album, Rhythm & Uke, on Pass Out Records.

Taimane Gardner

Taimane translates to diamond from Samoan and perfectly reflects the different facets of her nature. Whether delicately finger-picking through Bach or radically ripping through Led Zeppelin, Taimane has the ability to morph genres – from classical to rock to flamenco – and stretch her instrument far beyond the familiar melodies of Hawai`i, where she grew up. When Don Ho caught wind of the talented teen, he invited her to join him as part of his venerable variety show at the Waikiki Beachcomber, further fueling Taimane’s desire to perform for and connect with audiences. In addition to performing her own distinctive versions of well-known pieces, Taimane weaves in original compositions that are as far ranging as her musical tastes. With the fierceness of a rocker, and the grace of a dancer, Taimane and her music are wowing ever-larger audiences. She lights up rooms wherever she goes, sparkling like the diamond that she is.