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Makana-Art of Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar
March 16, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
Wednesday, March 16th at 7:00pm, the Sea Of Glass—Center For The Arts presents Makana from Honolulu, Hawaii. Described as “dazzling” by the New York Times, Makana is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, and composer who is widely known for lending his musical talent for social change. His guitar playing has been featured on three Grammy-nominated albums, including the soundtrack of the Academy-Award winning film “The Descendants”. In 2011, at the apex of the “Occupy” movement, Makana’s song, “We Are the Many” went viral on YouTube garnering more than half a million views and was coined the “Occupy Anthem” by Rolling Stone magazine. His performance of the song at an APEC World Leaders’ Dinner hosted by the Obamas also went viral and became the #1 news story on Yahoo worldwide for two days, garnering appearances on CNN, BBC, ABC, Democracy Now!, Sean Hannity and other major news outlets.
Makana’s captivating and wide-ranging performance style has led him to share the stage with Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, open for music legends Sting, Carlos Santana, Leon Russell, and Elvis Costello, and perform in venues ranging from Asian and European opera houses to The White House.
Makana- whose name means “a gift given freely”- began singing when he was seven years-old, took up ukulele at nine and began learning the ancient art of slack key at eleven. By fourteen, he was performing professionally, and before long playing five nights a week. His reputation as the youngest virtuoso of slack key spread like molten volcanic lava throughout the islands. Makana is considered one of the “greatest living players” (Esquire Magazine) whose “instrumental brilliance bears comparison with the work of such groundbreaking acoustic guitarists as John Fahey and Michael Hedges” (Maui News).
The focus of Makana’s art is to celebrate the beauty of tradition while exploring new, relevant perceptions, sounds and themes. In his music he often honors his forebears, the vintage Hawaiian music legends, as well as the rock poet idols of the 60s, paying homage to the kupuna (elders) who carry within their beings the cultural wisdom passed down through generations. Makana is also very active in building and nurturing community and awareness in the fields of food and nutrition, land, social engineering strategies, health and spiritual growth. His hobbies include growing food and sowing clarity through philosophy on his blog, Mind Mints.
Age 18 & up = $20 advance / $25 day of show; Age 12-17 = $17 advance / $22 day of show; Age 4-11 = $4; Age 3 & under = FREE. The Sea Of Glass—Center For The Arts is located at 330 E. 7th St., Tucson, Arizona, just off of 4th Ave. next to the Hippie Gypsy. For tickets or more information call (520) 398-2542 or visit http://theseaofglass.org.
Proceeds benefit teen & young adult rehabilitation programs and Avalon Organic Gardens Internships. For those in financial need, call 520-603-9932 about Avalon Organic Gardens Hands-In-The-Soil work reciprocation program (call 1 week in advance of shows).