Saturday, May 4, 2013
$30-$40, $15 Youth/Student
Edmonds Center for the Arts is thrilled to welcome NATHAN AWEAU AND AMY HANAIALI'I Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 7:30pm. Tickets are available at the Edmonds Center for the Arts (ECA) Box Office (425)275-9595, or online at www.ec4arts.org.
While probably best known for his role in the Hawaiian group Hapa, Nathan Aweau brings many years of musical experience to his solo career. His first solo recording, “E Apo Mai” garnered him the Na Hoku Hanohano Award as Male Vocalist of the Year in 2003, as well as Song of the Year for the title song. His jazz CD, “Bass Etude” earned him a Jazz Album of the Year Hoku in 2006 while his work on the compilation CD “The Hawaii Classic Series Vol.1 - Vintage” provided his second Male Vocalist of the Year award. He was awarded his third Male Vocalist of the Year Hoku in 2007 for his work on “The Hawaii Classic Series Vol.2: Hula”.
Nathan Aweau’s early years consisted of piano lessons, learning the guitar and ukulele and having the natural ability to sing. In college he performed in the jazz ensemble as a bass player and the wind symphony as a percussionist. During his college years, he started his professional career accompanying performers such as Gabe Baltazar, Henry Kapono, Loyal Garner and Nohelani Cyprian. He was a member of the Hoku award winning group, Ka’eo, as well as with the award winning group The Ali’i’s. He also did a 16 year stint with the legendary Don Ho. The New York Times reviewed, “Nathan has an in-depth understanding of orchestration, and his singing style is effortless.”
Amy Hanaiali'i's talent is the result of an exceptional blend of classical training, modern musical influences, and heritage. Today, after 10 albums, Hanaiali'i remains Hawaii's top-selling female vocalist. The artists for whom Amy has opened are legendary and include Carlos Santana in Germany, Willie Nelson, Joe Cocker, Wayne Newton, Arlo Guthrie, The Beach Boys, Ernie Watts, Boz Scaggs, Earth, Wind and Fire, Sergio Mendes, and many more.
Hanaiali'i's success includes three Grammy nominations for Best Hawaiian Music Album. Amy's albums have also garnered 15 Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (Hawaii's equivalent to the Grammy), including the prestigious Female Vocalist of the Year (4 times), Hawaiian Album of the Year (3 times), Song of the Year, Group of the Year, Contemporary Album of the Year and even Christmas Album of the Year.
Amy is officially Hawaii's Music Ambassador as proclaimed by Hawaii's Governor Linda Lingle. Hanaiali'i's second album, "Hawaiian Tradition," placed her on the World Billboard Charts, a first for an album written solely in the Hawaiian Language.