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noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

Hawai‘i is a famously mixed plate of different cultural cuisines, and on the music scene, there’s a local band that is adding in some African influences.  Drawing on vibrant contemporary music from Senegal, Liberia, Nigeria, Guinea and Mali, HPRs Noe Tanigawa says Jamarek is creating a new local hybrid.

Asghar Farhadi
Asghar Farhadi

Getting behind the headlines can be a humanizing experience.  That’s what organizers of the Seventh Art Stand screening and discussion series hope will happen when you view their films about Muslim lives around the world.  Named for the seven Muslim countries originally targeted for U.S. immigration and travel restrictions, the Seventh Art Stand experience is being presented in over fifty cities, including Honolulu.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Music of the Spheres

May 3, 2017
peter swanzy
peter swanzy

Maui based Ebb and Flow Arts has challenged and delighted audiences across the state since 1999.  Their performances are known for high level musicianship and novel experiences; they’ve done nearly ninety world premieres.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports there is a free concert coming up in the Hōkūlani Imaginarium in Kāne‘ohe.

HOT
HOT

One of the most popular operas in the entire repertory, Tales of Hoffmann, will close Hawai‘i Opera Theatre’s 2016-17 season.  Live projections and a roster of fine voices mark this all original production, the last with Artistic Director Henry Akina at the helm.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa spoke to him about his tenure in Hawai‘i opera.

Spark! Hiromi

Mar 15, 2017
Hiromi
Hiromi

Award winning pianist Hiromi Uehara has been playing since age six.  A chance meeting in Tokyo with jazz legend Chick Corea set her on a trajectory that took her to number one on the Billboard Jazz Album chart last year.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports Hiromi will be at the Blue Note Waikiki this week, performing her unique combination of jazz, pop and classical music from that album, Spark.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

Setting the record straight matters to some people, like Honolulu newscaster Joe Moore.  Moore, a well-known Mozart aficionado, has been tracking the true story of Antonio Salieri, depicted as Mozart’s nemesis in a popular film about Mozart’s life.  In the process, Moore uncovered a treasure trove of music, now brought back to life in two special concerts featuring the Spring Wind Octet.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

When legendary promoter, Tom Moffatt, passed last month, eyes turned to the team at Bamp Project as the most likely successors in the very important task of booking Hawai‘i’s entertainment offerings.  If that’s the case, the guys at Bamp say they have several decades ahead to prove themselves.  Meanwhile, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports there’s quality and diversity so far in the 2017 line up.

Kealoha Wong
Kealoha Wong

Hawai‘i Slam, a monthly spoken word poetry competition, has been happening since 2003.  It’s considered the largest poetry slam in the world, attracting 500 plus people at its peak  This year, Hawai‘i's team placed second in the National Poetry Slam competition.  You'll find enthusiastic crowds regularly at the First Thursday slams at Hawaiian Brian’s, and Noe Tanigawa reports you may be surprised by what you hear.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

This time of year, you can feel Honolulu’s major roadways clogging up from late afternoon.  As the pau  hana traffic mounts today, a few dozen people will head to an oasis of calm at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Queen Emma street downtown.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on Jazz Vespers that happen every Thursday at St. Peter’s, starting at 6 in the evening.

KING
KING

A dreamy sounding Los Angeles R&B group is making its Hawai‘i debut at the Blue Note.  KING produces music that pays tribute to classic R&B, yet ventures into an electronic direction.

The trio composed of Anita Bias and twin sisters Amber and Paris Strother has been called one of the best underground acts to come out of the LA music scene.  They, like many band discoveries these days were found on the internet with their songs being picked up and hyped by artists like Prince, Erykah Badu and DJ/drummer Questlove?

David Hilowitz / Flickr
David Hilowitz / Flickr

Music stores may be more of a memory than a booming business in many places, including Hawai‘i.  Although venues such as Hungry Ear records and Ideas Music and Books in Honolulu are still in operation, in at least one part of Asia, record stories are still a growth industry.  HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

Honolulu has ranked 2nd in the country for being the best city for music fans… that’s according to valuepenguin.com.  Nashville took the top spot, and Seattle was number three and Madison, Wisconsin was fourth.

The study is based primarily on data collected from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the US Census Bureau.  Factors like the number of musicians, venues, radio stations, record labels, music stores, and even the weather were compared on a per capita basis for every 1000 people in each city.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

  Many former youth symphony members remember the neighbor island tours they did with the Hawai‘i Youth Symphony, HYS.  An annual highlight, this year, the members of HYS’ top orchestra went to Kaua‘i  for a series of concerts.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa accompanied them to the Garden Island for this report.

     

We left O‘ahu in the dark!  Blinking and a little bleary, ninety-seven teens and 26 adults boarded that early 

The Conversation: Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Apr 27, 2016
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The Future of Dole Ag Land; Rock and Roll Pioneer June Millington; Taxing Air BnB; Novelist Cecily Wong

State Should Buy Dole Ag Lands On Oahu: Senator Gil Riviere

Tonight on Bridging the Gap we're jumping back and fourth across Asia, listening to jazzy selections as well as more traditional arrangements.

Atherton Season – Winter 2017-2018

Mar 28, 2016

Welcome to HPR’s Atherton Performing Arts Studio

The Atherton Studio seats 60 to 75 people and is home to a magnificent Bösendorfer concert grand piano. The intimate performances are like sitting in on a private studio recording session, and the shows themselves are taped for re-broadcast on our live music show Applause in a Small Room hosted by our sound engineer Jason Taglianetti. 

All concerts are on Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm unless otherwise noted.

noe tanigawa
noe tanigawa

Celebrating their 40th Anniversary, the Honolulu Brass Quintet is charged with fresh energy.  New members, plus a growing repertoire and appreciation for brass ensembles is helping to fuel their endeavors.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa discovered they plan to debut a new commissioned work at their celebration concert Monday.

The Honolulu Brass Quintet is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with a concert flaunts the best in brass capabilities. 

HonoluluBrass Quintet–40thAnniversaryConcert

Monday,March14,7:30pm–PalikuTheatre

*_Abhi_* / Flickr
*_Abhi_* / Flickr

Tonight on Bridging the Gap- The closest we'll get to a Valentine's Day Show.  We'll hear songs of love, heartbreak, and pure passion.  

Larry Johnson / Flickr
Larry Johnson / Flickr

It's Mardi Gras time again and tonight's show will crisscross back and forth between Brazilian Carnival and New Orleans Brass with a little funky soul in-between.

las cafeteras
las cafeteras

  Gangs, crime, housing projects, East Los Angeles is a predominantly Latino area with a reputation.  The violent crime rate in East L.A. is double that of the rest of California, and crime in general runs almost three times the national average.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on an East L.A. band that sings, with joy, about their roots in the community.

Noe Tanigawa
Noe Tanigawa

 

  

   Libraries across the country are undergoing a sea change in public perception.  In their 2015 report, the American Library Association charted a 20.7% increase in library usage over the last decade.  That’s because libraries are becoming much more than a resource for books, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports they are increasingly technology and community hubs. 

Tonight's show will revolve around Ska music, both old and new, and woven into Jazz, Soul, and Latin Music. 

This show is dedicated to Go Jimmy Go, who are playing their last show next week Saturday at the Republik. More info and tickets can be found HERE.

Tonightʻs show is obviously Halloween themed But weʻre going to keep it upbeat with a lot of New Orleans Brass, and other tasty delights. 

Figueira / Flickr
Figueira / Flickr

Tonights show is a mellow return to Jazz and Downtempo - focusing on covers and reinterpretations of a few classics.

iggy jang
iggy jang

 

   The Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra is launching a sparkling new season this Saturday.  Solid classics, talented soloists, and intriguing programs are all part of the new mix, along with a fun loving pops season and performances across the state.   HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports.

The Hawai‘i Symphony’s new season opens this Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27th, at the NBC Concert Hall.  

Find out more about the "Taste of Symphony" concert this Wednesday, 9/23.

Tonight's show will blend upbeat funky Brass - into Soul, Bossa, New Orleans soul, and some flaming tubas! 

Matty Wong
Matty Wong

Tonight's show is a mellow run through some global Downtempo with a little anti-folk in between.

Tonight's show will feature Latin treasures taken from the Atlantic rim mixed into various dark downtempo selections.

Note: This show was accidently aired twice... once on the 8th, and again on the 15th.  My apologies, but I hoped you enjoyed it. The 15th's show can be found HERE. 

Tonight's show will focus on devotional music, from American Gospel, to Pakistani Qawwali.

Where Credit Is Due
Where Credit Is Due

Tonight's show, really has no theme or playlist... But I did want to play a few new tracks off the new Quantic LP, A New Constellation... Other than that, we're just going with the flow. 

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