Tavana brings his original sound to HPR's Atherton Studio on the evening of July 14. He bills himself as a “one-man band,” a soulful singer of island-inspired rock and blues, who plays a guitar, banjo, ʻukulele or lap steel guitar, while using his feet to accompany himself on electronic drums.
Reservations may be made online at www.hprtickets.org or by calling the station (955-8821) during regular business hours. Tickets are $25 general, $20 for HPR members, and $15 for students with ID; online service fees apply. The Atherton Studio is located at Hawaiʻi Public Radio, 738 Kāheka Street. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; music begins at 7:30 p.m.
Tavana’s self-built pedal board of drum triggers was created over a period time, initially as the result of a series of unforeseen circumstances. He recalls, "A few years ago, I lost my loop pedal after a show in Waikīkī. This was a problem because I relied on the pedal to accompany me so I could showcase my leads in my solo act. Shortly after that, I was at a gig at O'Toole's. I really wanted to take a solo, so I did, and to my surprise I noticed my foot was stomping on the stage keeping time for my lead. As this was right at the base of the mic stand, it was booming in the speakers. I immediately lit up and was having fun again!"
From this simple foot-stomping beginning, Tavana began to add elements to his kit including a sizeable kick drum before refining that approach down to a series of foot triggers to accomplish his desired and now signature one-man-rock-band wall of sound.
"Everything [is] played moment to moment. It's like having a whole band in your body and mind. And they can stop and go together on a dime! They can slow down, speed up or whatever in perfect unity! Every sound comes with its own identity, colors, and emotions, creating a much larger pallet from which to express yourself. Additionally, it gives the player very little time to stray away from the music resulting in a truly meditative state."
For his Atherton debut, Tavana will be selecting from some of his favorite pieces, including "Aloha Spirit," "SMH," ʻWalk My Way," "Island Days," "Hawaii ‘78," and "Tumble Down.”
Tavana has been the supporting act for Alabama Shakes, Shakey Graves, Xavier Rudd, Jenny Lewis, Julian Marley, and Kaleo to name just a few. His recently released fourth album, Aloha Spirit, was nominated for a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for Best Contemporary Album of the Year in 2018.