Dive Into Mu­sic At Work­shops

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Hawaii Mu­sic In­sti­tute’s up­com­ing ed­u­ca­tional se­ries, Mu­sic Work­shops 2014, could move as­pir­ing mu­si­cians one step closer to form­ing their own bands.

The mod­ern drum set is the in­stru­ment of choice at this Fri­day’s work­shop, which runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hale Akoakoa 105 on the Wind­ward Com­mu­nity Col­lege cam­pus. The work­shop will be led by Noel Oki­moto, an award-win­ning jazz drum­mer and or­ches­tral per­cus­sion­ist. He has per­formed with Woody Her­man Orches­tra, Sadao Watan­abe, Rose­mary Clooney and Jake Shimabukuro, among many oth­ers.

Slack key gui­tar rises to the fore­front at the May 30 work­shop, when the fa­ther-and-son duo of Ron and Po­maika‘i Loo will con­duct in a 10 a.m. to noon ses­sion in Hale Palanakila 104 at WCC. The work­shop fo­cuses on open G tun­ing and the tab­la­ture method’s ef­fects on chords and lyrics of tra­di­tional song.

A long­time in­struc­tor at the col­lege, Ron Loo is a kumu mele and slack key mas­ter trained by Hawai­ian greats in­clud­ing Un­cle Johnny Almeida, Gabby Pahinui and Aunty Alice Na­makelua.

Fee for each work­shop is $20, and at­ten­dees must reg­is­ter in ad­vance by call­ing 235-7433 or vis­it­ing in per­son the Of­fice of Ca­reer & Com­mu­nity Ed­u­ca­tion in Hale Kuhina.

More in­for­ma­tion on both pro­grams is avail­able at the web­site wind­ward­cce.org/mu­sic.

The work­shops are spon­sored by the in­sti­tute and Ke Kumu Pali.

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