HAWAII’S FLAMENCO UKULELE VIRTUOSO – Songwriter and virtuoso, Taimane, is best known for her fierce and inventive style of playing the ukulele. She is a born entertainer and self-taught musician who learned and still plays by ear. Her attraction to the four-string island staple began at age 3, and by age 10, she regularly performed in public, busking in Waikiki every Friday night with her father holding down security duties and Waikiki Beach Boys (adults whose home & workplace was the beach) serving as her band. By age 13, Taimane landed a position in Don Ho’s show literally playing in the spotlight every week until Ho’s passing. Fast forward to today, and you have an artist who tours the world and has carved out a unique niche in music – merging a wide-array of genres, from Bach to rock, flamenco infernos to tribal hymns, summoning a seemingly limitless palette of emotions via an instrument previously viewed as a restricted device.
“Taimane rocks the stage with a sensual vibrancy and a white hot talent that captivates and
beguiles!” – Pierce Brosnan (aka 007)
“Every so often we discover an artist as he or she is about to emerge into a much bigger arena. These experiences have included Chris Botti, Trombone Shorty, Kamasi Washington and Lake Street Dive. Now, we have a new discovery – Taimane. She’s destined for a big, bright future, and I encourage you to catch her show as soon as you can.” – Bruce Labadie, Artistic and Festival Director of San Jose Jazz
“Absolutely fantastic show!” – Jerry VanLeeuwen, Executive Director, California Center for the Arts Escondido
“It was an incredible performance!” – Todd Stein, President & CEO, Mid-America Arts Alliance
“What an amazing artist!” – Kristine Bretall, Director of Performing Arts, Sun Valley Center