Here are two long awaited samples of the music from the May concert performed by Naoto Kono (zither) and George Kahumoku, Jr. (slack key guitar). If you missed that post, see "Music Makes Magic Happen" (May 20) for more about the artists, their instruments and the concert.
It was difficult to chose which pieces to share with you as there was quite a variety of styles and mix of the instruments. All fifteen were wonderful, but I chose two which I think allow you to hear each instrument as well as how they sound together.
(Note: All rights reserved by the artists. This music is protected by applicable copyright laws.)
Please listen to these through the best speakers you can. Enjoy.
The first tune is an original composition by Naoto Kono which features both artists together. It's called "Tahitian Blue" - click to play, 4 minutes.
The other tune is "Queen's Prayer" being played solo by George Kahumoku, Jr. His guitar is tuned lower than usual for a slack key guitar and he is able to get some really nice full sounds from that.
This piece was written on March 22, 1895 by Queen Liliuokalani while she was being held prisoner by the businessmen who overthrew her monarchy with the help of US Marines. George's instrumental version is unusual as it uses the range of the guitar to set the tone of the situation that the Queen was in, and her depth of feeling when she wrote it. Also about 4 minutes.
I'll be sure to let you know when a full CD of this concert is available. There is also discussion of a Japan tour by the two and another concert at the church on Maui. Stay "tuned".