“Makana provided a textbook illustration of slack-key style"… "dazzling." – The New York Times
"He's lean, young, expressive, with impressive stage presence and jewel box precision… He is a master, for certain, but blessed with sizzling showmanship." -- Honolulu Advertiser
2012 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award: Kī-Hō‘alu (Slack Key) Foundation Legacy Award, in recognition of his work in the field of slack key guitar
"I've been deep into classical music and Hawaiian slack-key guitar. I've gotten way into Andres Segovia, and this Hawaiian guitar player called Makana" --Kirk Hammett interview, Guitar World (Lead guitarist for Metallica)
Featured on the soundtrack of the film The Descendants, starring George Clooney; GRAMMY NOMINATION 2013, Soundtracks
Hailing from the isle of O‘ahu, Makana is an internationally acclaimed slack-key guitarist, singer, composer, philosopher, activist, and one of Hawaii’s cultural ambassadors to the world. He is recognized as one of the top guitarists in the United States by Guitar Player magazine. His songs range from traditional to highly original, both instrumental and lyrical, exploring a broad spectrum of themes: cultural, philosophical, sociopolitical, economic, interpersonal, sensual, and universal, often through the lens of humor and sharp wit.
“...he has taken this centuries-old tradition and blasted it into the 21st century, fusing it with influences from Bob Marley to the Smashing Pumpkins, and opening for Sting and Santana. See why this young guitar hero is poised to break out.” -- National Geographic
Virtuosic and versatile, Makana’s music defies description.
His solo performance is an exhilarating ride through the breadth of slack key, folk, rock, bluegrass, ethnic and jazz and his distinctly original songs are infused with the spirit of Hawai‘i. Makana is “Charting a new sonic frontier with deep ties to tradition”. --National Geographic Society
Check him out at www.makanamusic.com. and
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