Repeat Performer

Photo by Coleman Sanders

Photo by Coleman Sanders

Jake Shimabukuro

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
7:30 PM
Ruby Diamond Concert Hall

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Genres: classical, folk, jazz, rock

Jake Shimabukuro held a ukulele for the first time at age four. It was an encounter that would shape his destiny and give the world one of the most exceptional and innovative uke players in the history of the instrument – an artist who has drawn comparisons to musical titans such as Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. By adapting a guitar hero anthem for the ukulele, Shimabukuro made a significant statement: the ukulele, with its humble four strings and modest two-octave range, is an instrument limited only by the imagination and creativity of the person playing it. Along with his own original compositions, Jake is noted for his solo uke arrangements of such varied pieces as Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Schubert’s “Ave Maria” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Widespread acclaim has brought high-visibility collaborations with a wide range of artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Michael McDonald and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones.

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