From his simple beginnings in Honolulu to his life amid the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Daniel Ho has worked over the years as a musician, producer, singer/songwriter, arranger, composer, engineer, and record company owner. The most compelling of these roles has been as a six-time GRAMMY Award winning producer, featured slack key guitarist, and artist in the “Best Hawaiian Music Album,” “Best Pop Instrumental Album,” and “Best World Music Album” categories.
Daniel’s musical inclinations were apparent at an early age. His first instruments were organ and ‘ukulele, from which he graduated to classical guitar, piano, electric guitar, bass, drums, and eventually, voice. His passion for music led him to study composing, arranging and film scoring at the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles. He began his professional career as the leader, keyboardist, composer, and producer for Kilauea, a contemporary jazz group he formed in 1990. By 1997, Kilauea had released six chart-topping albums, two of which hit the Top 10 on Billboard’s jazz charts.
In 1998, Daniel set his sights on starting an independent record label and launched Daniel Ho Creations. Slowly, the releases grew into collaborative projects that featured himeni (Hawaiian hymnody), hula, ‘ukulele, and slack key guitar. To date, Daniel Ho Creations has released over eighty acoustic and Hawaiian-themed CDs by many of Hawai’i’s most respected artists, who are first and foremost friends. Daniel has received numerous Hawaiian music industry accolades including three Na Hoku Hanohano awards and fifteen Hawai’i Music Awards.
Daniel is an accomplished singer-songwriter and has shared his music as a soloist throughout the U.S, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Europe, and Australia. He has served as a cultural ambassador for U.S. Embassies; been featured with the Honolulu Symphony; performed as a keyboardist and guitarist for GRAMMY Award-winning vocalist, Peabo Bryson; guest-lectured at Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA) and Todai University (Tokyo, Japan); authored nine music books; and toured as a clinician for YAMAHA Guitars. On a behind-the-silver-screen note, he sang the Hawaiian-language cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” which can be heard during the end credits of the 2008 feature film, Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
With the continued popularity of the ‘ukulele, Daniel’s original song, “Pineapple Mango (The Breakfast Song),” has risen to fame as an instrumental anthem plentifully covered by ‘ukulele enthusiasts around the world on YouTube. Currently, Daniel’s custom KoAloha D-VI tenor ‘ukulele is on display at the GRAMMY Museum. In addition, he continues to collaborate with world renowned luthier Pepe Romero in designing instruments for Romero Creations, including the Tiny Tenor, XS Soprano, and ST Concert ‘ukuleles.
Most recently, in 2014, Daniel’s album Our World In Song (An Odyssey of Musical Treasures) with Luis Conté and Wu Man was nominated for a GRAMMY in the World Music category.
The Mākaha Sons’ Jerome Koko
Aldrine Guerrero is a dynamic `ukulele player from the island of Kaua’i. Originally from the Philippines, Guerreros’ playing style has been described as a mixture of Hawaiian, classical, flamenco, pop, and 8-bit with unique vocals….. and he composes original ukulele music. From humble beginnings, Gerrero started out at local Kauai coffee shops and churches and has since gone on to stages that range from coast to coast in the continental US to international performances.
Guerrero is also one of the founding fathers of Ukulele Underground alongside Aaron Nakamura and Ryan Esaki. Ukulele Underground was created in 2007 with the goal of growing the next generation of ukulele players around the world by providing quality video ukulele lessons for songs and techniques, a pool of knowledge from the largest community of ukulele players on the internet, and access to some of the most valuable resources in ukulele.
Pull up a chair, relax and let Aldrine’s sweep you away.
Senor Victor – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDohKSRm398
Ice cream – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MRX1BzxacI
Dani Joy Trio
Dani Joy TrioDani Joy is a California based, international singer/songwriter/instructor and proud featured artist of Ko’aloha Ukulele. Her world influenced musical style is soothing and romantic, blending old time jazz with original music inspired by her travels, including songs in English, French and Spanish.
Accompanying her on the upright bass is Perry Stauffer, a Grass Valley local artist, who’s bass lines are not just foundational, but extraordinary. The cherry on top is violinist Giorgi Khokhobashvili, who began his studies in his home Country of Georgia, and has been impressing audiences ever since with his Gypsy-influenced style. Together, their charisma and easy flowing tunes will keep you smiling all night.
Peewee Ukulele Orchestra
Charming, cheerful, and very patient this orchestra has a distinguished understanding of music that will not only entertain you but win your hearts over immediately. Directed by Dani Joy and ranging in age from 8-14 years old, they blend each separate part into one incredible, cohesive sound song after song. So much more than a recital, this extraordinary group of children will challenge everything you know about the ukulele.