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''UKELELE SOLO, LIVE AT 41st GERMAN JAZZFESTIVAL, FRANKFURT''
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Jake Shimabukuro es un artista Japonés-Americano que se distingue por el virtuosismo que muestra tocando el ukulele y su música que combina elementos de jazz, pop y rock.
Es muy poco común encontrar artistas que su único enfoque sea el ukulele y aunque Shimabukuro es capaz de crear sus propios temas sus arreglos de canciones populares en versiones de ukulele son aquellos que le han dado mayor fama a su trabajo.
Uno de estos temas es su hermosa versión de "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", canción que fuera escrita por el ya fallecido ex-Beatle George Harrison.
El video que incluyo a continuación es una pequeña presentación que dio para TEDxTokyo en la cual nos platica un poco de su vida y nos comparte sus extraordinarias habilidades para mover los dedos. Imperdible.
Por Ale publicado en August 20 de 2010
Recorded live at HR Sendesaal Frankfurt, October 30, 2010
It's rare for a young musician to earn comparisons to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. It's even harder to find an artist who has entirely redefined an instrument by his early thirties. But Jake Shimabukuro (she-ma-boo-koo-row) has already accomplished these feats, and more, in a little over a decade of playing and recording music. As the San Francisco Gate recently posited about the Hawaiian musician: "The sounds the boyish 33-year old wrings from his ukulele...are unlike anything else in the history of the instrument."
Yes, the ukulele. In the hands of Jake Shimabukuro, the traditional Hawaiian instrument of four strings and two octaves is stretched and molded into a complex and bold new musical force. On an album like his new 'Peace Love Ukulele, ' Jake and his "uke" effortlessly (it seems) mix jazz, rock, classical, traditional Hawaiian music and folk, creating a sound that's both technically masterful and emotionally powerful...and utterly unique in the music world.
Shimabukuro's mother gave him a ukulele at age four and he quickly took an interest in the instrument. A fifth generation Japanese-American, Shimabukuro initially gained attention in Hawai?i in 1998 as a member of Pure Heart, a trio with Lopaka Colon (percussion), and Jon Yamasato (guitar). Shimabukuro was working at a music store in Honolulu when the group released its eponymous first album, featuring a sound and style somewhat similar to the Ka?au Crater Boys. Their first album won them four Na Hoku Hanohano Awards (the Hawaiian counterpart of the Grammy Awards): Island Contemporary Album of the Year, Most Promising Artist(s), Album of the Year and Favorite Entertainment of the Year, the latter determined by unrestricted public vote.
The following year, they released Pure Heart 2, which earned them another Hoku award for Island Contemporary Album of the year. Yamasato informed the others that he was quitting the group via a newspaper story that ran in the Honolulu Advertiser on Thanksgiving Day, and Shimabukuro and Colon formed another group, Colon, which they named in honor of Colon's father, famed percussionist Augie Colon. The new guitarist was Guy Cruz, younger brother of the Ka?au Crater Boys' Ernie Cruz, Jr., and John Cruz. Colon won the Hoku Award for Favorite Entertainer of the Year in 2001, after which Shimabukuro decided to pursue a solo career.
As a solo artist after the break-up of Colon he experimented with using effect pedals to make new sounds that few would associate with a ukulele. He has released an instructional DVD called Play Loud Ukulele, and in 2006, composed the music to the Japanese film Hula Girls, which featured hula dancing and a Hawaiian spa resort as its primary theme and setting respectively.
In November 2009, Shimabukuro accompanied fellow Hawaiian-born Bette Midler at the Royal Variety Show. They performed a rendition of the Beatles song "In My Life" as the first of Midler's three-song set.
Personnel: ----------Jake Shimabukuro - ukulele1. Introduction2. One For Three3. Dragon4. Bring Your Adz5. Blue Roses Falling6. Me & Shirley T7. Let´s Dance Flamenco Ukulele8. Sakura Sakura (Japanese Traditional)9. Spain (Chick Corea)10. Orange World11. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (George Harrison)12. Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)13. Ave Maria (Franz Schubert)