“This is a wonderful collaboration - so much heart and soul and beauty.” --George Winston, Pianist/Producer
Slack key guitar legend Keola Beamer and twice Grammy-nominated Hawaiian songstress Raiatea Helm come together to create music that is generating a lot of buzz in the islands. Their songs incorporate ancient Hawaiian musical instruments into inventive arrangements of both well-loved Hawaiian music and contemporary songs for something new and fresh. A highlight is a stunning arrangement of John Lennon‘s ―Imagine‖ (Īna) that weaves slack key, Hawaiian chant (oli) and falsetto (ka leo ki‗eki‗e) into a breathtaking showcase of two world-class artists and their love of Hawaiian music and culture. They are joined by hula dancer Moanalani Beamer. Drawing inspiration from Hawaiian ―aloha‖ and ―Imagine‖, encouraging ―the world to live as one‖, this concert shares beauty, love, and harmony—the true meaning of ―aloha‖ —a joyous experience for your audiences.
Keola Beamer is a Hawaiian music legend. One of Hawai'i's premier singer-songwriters, arrangers, composers and masters of the Hawaiian slack key guitar, his breadth of talent springs from five generations of one of Hawai'i's most illustrious musical families. A multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award Winner (Hawaiian ―Grammy‖) and ―Lifetime Achievement Award‖ Recipient, Keola established himself early as a leader in contemporary Hawaiian music when he wrote the classic Honolulu City Lights, one of the all-time best-selling records in the history of Hawaiian music.
At 25, Raiatea Helm has already been recognized twice as ―Female Vocalist of the Year,‖ received 2 Grammy® nominations, Hawai'i's first solo female vocalist ever to receive a Grammy nomination, and eight Na Hoku (Hawaiian Grammy) Awards. Her gorgeous voice traverses the octaves from natural range to Hawaiian falsetto singing with purity and brilliance. The New York Times noted that "[Raiatea Helm] is poised and utterly elegant …" In 2009, she performed at the Presidential Inaugural Ball in Washington DC, part of the festivities for Barack Obama‘s inauguration.