Following in the success of the 2012 PBS TV special “Keola Beamer: Mālama Ko Aloha” (“Keep Your Love”) and Grammy-nominated CD, the key elements of that performance are being brought to the stage at the Harris Center/Three Stages, 10 College Parkway in Folsom.
Hawaiian slack key master Keola Beamer, Native American flutist/nine time Grammy-nominee R. Carlos Nakai, jazz pianist Geoffrey Keezer and kumu hula (hula master) Moanalani Beamer join together to share their unique talents.
The mantra of generations of the legendary Beamer family ─ “malama ko aloha” ─ ”keep (nurture and cherish) your love” ─ is the cornerstone of this concert, which celebrates many facets of aloha with beautiful songs from a mix of traditions as they share cultures, genres and sensibilities — and humor. Their work together both highlights each unique talent and culture while also embodying the true spirit of collaboration and aloha. The show includes stories from Hawaiian history and legend.
Mālama Ko Aloha (“Keep Your Love”) will be performed on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $19 to $29 and premium $39. Students with ID are $12.
Tickets are available online at harriscenter.net or from the Harris Center ticket office at 916-608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket.
Keola Beamer enjoys recognition as a “Master of Slack Key Guitar.” He has been described as “[t]he best slack key guitar player on the planet!” by the legendary Willie Nelson.
One of Hawaii’s premier singer/songwriters, arrangers and composers, he was one of Hawaii’s first recording artists to integrate Hawaiian chants and instruments into contemporary music; he has produced more than a dozen recordings.
He was nominated for a Grammy in Hawaiian Music in 2011 and was honored with a Nā Hōkū Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009 (Hawaii’s “Grammy”). His film credits include featured songs on the soundtrack for “The Descendants,” nominated for five Oscars. His well of talent springs from five generations of one of Hawaii’s most illustrious and beloved musical families. The Beamers trace their roots to the 14th century. Keolamaikalani Breckenridge Beamer was born in Kamuela, on Hawaii Island.
Nakai is of Navajo-Ute heritage and is one of the world’s premier performers of the Native American flute. Originally trained in classical trumpet and music theory, since 1983 he has released more than 35 albums on the Canyon label.
In addition to appearances throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, Nakai has worked with guitarist William Eaton, flutist Paul Horn, composers James DeMars and Phillip Glass and various symphony orchestras. His collaborations have explored musical influences including new age, world-beat jazz and classical genres. He has received two gold records for Canyon Trilogy and Earth Spirit and he has received nine Grammy nominations.
Keezer started playing piano at age 3. Born in Eau Claire, Wisc., he has been one of the most in-demand pianists in jazz since the late 1980s. He comes from a rich musical heritage. He studied throughout his school years and in 1988, matriculated at Boston’s Berklee School of Music. Since then, Keezer has kept extremely busy both as soloist, with 11 highly rated releases and in collaboration with a stellar array of artists: Diana Krall, Chris Botti, David Sanborn, Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, Ray Brown, Kenny Barron, Benny Green, Chick Corea, Jim Hall, and vocalist Barbara Hendricks. As a composer, Geoffrey has received commissions from the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Saint Joseph Ballet, the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.
Moanalani Beamer began her hula training at the early age of 4 with Kumu Hula (Hula Master) Johnny Hokoana, and continued training extensively with several different hula masters; she herself became a “Kumu Hula” in 2011, following a rigorous process of study and graduation (“uniki”).
She also teaches, sharing her hula knowledge with students on Maui, across the U.S. and in Japan and Europe.