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Koi Au


  • 1. Dragon Throws Out Pearl
    2. Bali Kamaha'o
    3. E Nihi Ka Hele
    4. Slack Key No. 1
    5. Reunion
    6. Koi: Emergence/Current of Life/Epilogue: Emergence / Current Of Life / Epilogue
    7. Ka Wailele O Nu'uanu
    8. Ku'u Lei' Awapuhi
    9. Maharina
    10. Fado
    11. 'Ihiuka
    12. Makani
    13. Koke'e Cabin
    14. Far from Home
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 13083

  • Credits
    ProducerMakana
    EngineerKevin Hughes; Pierre Grill; Porter Miller

    Personnel includes: Makana (vocals, guitar); Jason Pell (violin); Lono Kaumeheiwa (nose flute, electric bass, background vocals); James Roberts (electric bass); Jan Jefferies (hand drums, percussion).
    Adapter: Makana.
    Personnel: Makana (guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, nylon-string guitar); Cyril Pahinui (guitar); Jason Pell (violin); Pierre Grill (piano); Byron Yasui (double bass); James Roberts (electric bass); Jack Jeffries (percussion); Stephen Fox (gong).
    Audio Mixers: Kevin Hughes; Pierre Grill.
    Recording information: 'Ihiuka Studios; Rendezvous Recording.
    Translator: Puakea Nogelmeier.
    Arrangers: Makana; Cyril Pahinui.
    Koi Au is the sophomore release from the young Makana, who spent his apprentice years learning from the likes of the Pahinuis and Sonny Chillingworth. Here, he showcases a sort of new direction for slack key guitar, as he works through some standard forms (including a slack key instrumental penned originally by Chillingworth), but also mixes in pieces of world music, with some Portuguese fado making an appearance as well as a Chinese zheng. In the opening track, he switches between slack key guitar and an open-tuned (slack key) zheng, providing a Chinese ambience while playing in a Hawaiian style. After a piece in tribute of Bali, he duets with Cyril Pahinui and follows with a solo performance of the Chillingworth instrumental. The centerpiece of the album follows soon, with the lengthy instrumental "Koi" in three movements, based in some part on a Willie K. tune. It's here that Makana shows off his full ability on slack key, running through quick passages and more emotional, slow passages with equal grace. A couple of nice Hawaiian vocal numbers continue the series, with one love song in English following them in turn. Then comes another piece of cultural fusion, as he sings a good Portuguese fado in the aptly titled "Fado" while playing a relatively upbeat slack key accompaniment. After a few more instrumental pieces, the album closes on the slightly moody electric "Far from Home." It's a full spectrum of new interpretations of the old slack key genre that Makana showcases here, and a number of interesting directions are taken. While the classic masters of slack key are outstanding in their own right, this is a worthwhile endeavor on Makana's part, and deserves at least one listen, even by the purists out there. ~ Adam Greenberg

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