The Los Angeles International ‘Ukulele Festival presents some of the brightest ukulele talent in the world who continue to push the envelope in innovative and inventive ways; artists who travel the world bringing the ukulele in front of new audiences, performing a variety of styles ranging from blazing fingerpicking arrangements to singer-songwriters. See them at the 2016 LAIUF, the only festival of its kind where you can enjoy this much talent in one place, all for one flat entry fee!
"I was surrounded by the aloha spirit, it was one of the happiest days of my life!"
- Noreen M
An award-winning songwriter who “gives the ukulele its dignity back without ever taking himself too seriously” (Songlines), James Hill “proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that in the right hands the uke can be a formidable axe” (Ann Arbor News). “If you thought James Hill was simply the ukulele wunderkind," writes Penguin Eggs magazine, "his latest album will convince you that he is also a great songwriter.” Produced by Joel Plaskett in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, "The Old Silo" invites you into a world of new beginnings, old regrets, beautiful women, horny geezers and gold diggers. Nominated for both JUNO and ECMA awards, the album cuts a winding path through Folk, Roots and Americana, “reflecting the musical maturity of Hill and Plaskett and delivering in every aspect of music-making.” (The Manitoban). Click here to listen to "The Old Silo"
CRAIG CHEE & SARAH MAISEL
Craig's energetic and just plain "fun" style and Sarah's jazz stylings, along with their beautifully complementing vocal harmonies, has earned the duo featured spots at ‘ukulele festivals events all over the world including Cairns and the Sunshine Coast (Australia), Cheltenham and Huddersfield (United Kingdom), Vancouver (Canada), Tokyo (Japan) and across the U.S. As ukulele teachers, Craig and Sarah are supported instructors for Guitars in the Classroom and regularly conduct private lessons and group classes, sharing the joy of music with their students.
ABE LAGRIMAS, JR
The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts has nominated every album Abe has released in the annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. An active educator, Abe authored the first ever ukulele instructional book and curriculum titled “Ukulele Ensemble, Beginning Ukulele - Level 1” published by Consonus Music Institute.
Jim Beloff calls Bartt “a fearless uke player who combines his significant chops and wacky sense of humor to teach uke basics, as well as much more advanced techniques”. His instructional DVD, Ukulele Bartt’s Ultimate Ukulele is a worldwide best-seller.
One of the up and coming crop of talented young ukulele virtuosos, Andrew is always trying to find a way to take the ukulele to the next level; his music is a mix of pop, Hawaiian, rock and a little bit of jazz. His first CD The Beginning, includes 8 original compositions and was a finalist in the "Ukulele Album of the Year" category at the 2014 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards.
MITCH CHANG (Festival Creator & Producer)
From the cover of the Spring Issue of Ukulele Magazine to the front page of The Wall Street Journal, Victoria Vox is making appearances everywhere—and rightly so. The artistry of her performances is both unique and endearing, captivating an incredibly diverse audience and drawing even the least musical of folks into her harmonious web. Her 9th album, “When the Night Unravels” was released in January 2015. “There is so much honesty within the album’s musical and lyrical composure that it’s impossible not to get sucked in." - WhatWeekly.com
JIM D'VILLE is a music educator and facilitator who is on a mission to get ukulele players off the paper and playing music by ear. He has taught his "Play Ukulele By Ear" workshops to thousands of players in the United States, Canada, Australia and the Caribbean. Jim is the author of the "Play Ukulele By Ear" DVD series and hosts the popular Play Ukulele By Ear website.
Jeff has played guitar in many of the world's finest concert halls for more than four decades. Recently, Jeff has added performances on the ukulele to his repertoire, recording on the ukulele for jazz bassist Jennifer Leitham's CD "Mood (S)wings" and on his own release, “Lisalani”. Jeff has appeared in several concerts with jazz ukulele star Abe Lagrimas Jr.
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Aidan is an award winning singer-songwriter who has taken the ukulele to a different level, streamlining its unique sound into pop, rock and folk music.
At 8 years old, he became a YouTube sensation when a video of him performing Train’s “Hey Soul Sister” quickly went viral and earned over 20 million views to date. His single, “The Girl On The TV Screen”, took first place for the pop/top 40 category in an international songwriting competition out of Nashville.
FARRAH MAHEALANI HARDER
Kumu Mahealani Harder combines her traditional hula training and her extended contemporary training with Halau Hula ʻO Hoaloha and teaches alongside Kumu Maile Frauchiger in Los Angeles. Together they help to perpetuate Auntie Noelani McIntosh, of Ka Lei Lehua o Panaewaʻs hula lineage. Kumu Mahealani incorporates hawaiian language, hawaiian history and the true spirit of aloha in her teachings.
CALI ROSE is an award-winning songwriter with three popular albums. Her CD "Smile, Smile, Smile," is forty minutes of "feel good," and "Are You Having Any Fun" was nominated for Best Adult Contemporary Album in the Hawaii Music Awards. Tunes from her comedy CD "Cali Rose Gets Goofy" are played on radio worldwide.
SARAH MAISEL & CRAIG CHEE
FARRAH MAHEALANI HARDER
JENNIFER LEITHAM is a career Jazz musician, and has been a professional musician for over 40 years. She is known for playing for many famous dead people, among them Mel Torme’, Peggy Lee, George Shearing, Woody Herman, Benny Carter, Louis Bellson, and a horde of others you wouldn’t have heard of. She’s also played for some who are still alive, Doc Severinsen, and k.d. lang just to name two.
MILO FULTZ graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors of Music in music performance from the University of Oregon in 2014. From big bands and small jazz ensembles to pit orchestras and classical ensembles, blues, rock, funk, and soul groups to singer/songwriters, ukelele bands, and melodica duos, Milo finds joy in the variety and loves sharing every minute of it.
ALI LEXA is the host of Pacifica Radio's long running Ukulele Spotlight radio program and podcast. He has performed and given workshops throughout the mainland and Hawaii, including the "Ukule-Along" events at the LA Music Center, plus the New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Cerrritos, Reno, and other Ukulele festivals. He is also the director of 'Samba Da Mudança' the largest Brazilian Samba School in Los Angeles. Using his unique experience in both, he has been able to combine Brazilian Rhythms with a contemporary ukulele playing style and will be sharing this with you at the Los Angeles International Ukulele Festival!