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MAMO - Short Bios: Nathan Aweau & Jeff Peterson


Nathan was born into a musical family. His early years consisted of piano lessons, learning the guitar and ukulele with the natural ability to sing. He then moved on to the saxophone, which he once thought would be his lifetime passion. In college he performed in the jazz ensemble, as a bass player, and the wind symphony, as a percussionist. By this time his passion for the electric bass made him decide that this would be his main instrument.

He started his professional career while still in college, accompanying performers such as Gabe Baltazar, Henry Kapono, Loyal Garner and Nohelani Cypriano to name a few. He was a member of the Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawaiian Music) Award winning group Ka'eo and the award winning group The Ali'i's. He also did a 15 year stint with the legendary Don Ho, as bass player and back-up singer. Since 2002, he has released six solo CDs, which have won him multiple Na Hoku Awards for Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Jazz Album of the Year. In 2002, Nathan also became part of Hapa, with musical colleague guitarist Barry Flanagan, and chanter Charles Ka'upu. This creative collaboration lasted nearly 8 years.

I've learned to play many instruments and singing came second nature to me, but when asked, "what is my favorite instrument", without a doubt it would be the bass guitar... There's no other feeling like holding down a groove with a good drummer or taking off on a solo.” On his solo CD release, Kane`ohe, Nathan plays all the instruments and singing all the vocals, showcasing his incredible talents--rich harmonies, beautiful voice, and deep spirit.

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Guitar virtuoso Jeff Peterson is a fast-rising star of the next generation of slack key guitar players. A two-time Grammy-winner, Jeff is stretching the art of slack-key, using the style’s open tunings to explore multiple genres with ease and talent. His virtuosity shines through both in his traditional slack key, and also in jazz, classical, big band tunes, and standards.

Five of Jeff’s songs are featured in the award-winning George Clooney film The Descendants. A two-time Grammy winner, Jeff was featured on Slack Key Guitar, Volume 2 which won the first-ever Grammy Award for Best Hawaiian recording, and received his second Grammy in 2010 for his contribution to Masters of Slack Key Guitar vol. 2.

Born on the Island of Maui, Jeff grew up on the slopes of the Haleakala volcano where he was introduced to the rich heritage of Hawaiian music and to the guitar by his father, a paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) on Haleakala Ranch. At an early age, he began to pick up influences from such Hawai‘i slack key greats as the Gabby Pahinui Band, Leonard Kwan, and Sonny Chillingworth. As he began studying on his own, his interests broadened and he delved into a wide variety of musical genres in which the guitar plays a part and went on to study jazz and classical guitar.

He has recorded 5 solo CDs to date, winning Best Slack Key Album at the 2010 Na Hoku Hanohano (Hawaiian Grammy) Awards and a Grammy nomination for Maui on My Mind. As a performer, Jeff has worked with a wide range of artists including Eric Clapton, Ledward Ka‘apana, James Galway, Michael Feinstein, and the Honolulu Symphony, among others.