Sunday, September 21, 2008
Target World Music Grants
Thanks to the Target Corporation for funding a wonderful series of Concerts here in Pheonix. There have been four in the last two weeks. In addition to the Celtic evening there was an African instument show with the Kronos Quartet and a Chinese solo artist and then today. We were able to join about 1000 folks in the Orpheum Theatre for a wonderful performance by Hapa, a Pan Polynesian music group from Maui Hawaii. The group of four consisted of a gourd player who was master of ceremonies and played the Hawaiin Gourd and did Hawaiian Chants, a native hawaiian who played 12string guitar and 8 string base and sang harmonies with a slack key guitarist. The fourth was an award winning hulu dancer. They have composed and arranged many of the songs with a fusion of styles which retained the original Hawaiian feeling. Once again we were moved by the story telling power of the different traditions we heard this weekend.