Please join us for two concerts to fund music integration in San Luis Obispo, CA schools!
CHRISTOPHER COHAN CENTER
A Benefit for Guitars in the Classroom
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 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.
To learn more about Jake’s current project, please watch this video!
November 8, 2012
at the Monday Club in San Luis Obispo, CA
Presented by The Robyn Brancart Infinite Music Foundation to Benefit Guitars in the Classroom
Fusing folk, jazz,and pop styles, two-time Grammy-winner Laurence Juber creates a multifaceted performance that belies the use of only one acoustic guitar. The lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s Wings (with whom he earned a Grammy award), Juber is a world-renowned guitar virtuoso, composer and arranger.
He has released 20 solo albums of which the latest, Soul of Light, is a newly recorded retrospective collection of 30 years of his original compositions. Juber’s solo arrangement of The Pink Panther earned him a second Grammy. His album Pop Goes Guitar includes his arrangement of Stand By Me that was heard nationally in a ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ commercial. His LJ Plays The Beatles, was voted one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s’ all-time Top Ten albums.
He is featured on the CD Poppin’ Guitars, a tribute to the music of the Sherman Brothers, and can be seen in the documentary film, The Brothers, about those celebrated Disney composers.
As a studio musician, he can be heard on recent recordings from artists as diverse as Seal, Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks and Barry Manilow, plus he is featured on the soundtracks to hundreds of TV shows and movies including the academy award-winning Good Will Hunting and the current Muppet Movie. His playing can be heard on the score to ABC Family channel’s hit show The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
As a composer, Juber has contributed the soundtrack of the new Activision/Blizzard Entertainment video game Diablo III. His music is also featured in the Ken Burns documentary The Tenth Inning and his original soundtrack to the NBC Dateline documentary Children of the Harvest. With his wife Hope Juber, he has composed the scores to the musical comedies Gilligan’s Island: The Musical, A Very Brady Musical and It’s The Housewives!