Radio Venice S05.E03 – Sunday, February 26

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Radio Venice … Fine Music
Weekly Live Webcast from Breakwater Studios
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Radio Venice S05.E03 Musical Guests

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Makana

Described as “dazzling” by the New York Times, Makana is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, composer and activist who is widely known for lending his musical talent for social change. He has been a TEDx talk presenter, and his guitar playing has been featured on three Grammy-nominated albums, including the soundtrack of the Academy-Award winning film “The Descendants”. In 2011, at the apex of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, Makana’s song “We Are The Many” went viral on YouTube garnering more than half a million collective views and was coined the “Occupy Anthem” by Rolling Stone Magazine. His performance of the song at an APEC World Leaders’ Dinner hosted by the Obamas also went viral and became the #1 news story on Yahoo worldwide for two days, garnering appearances on CNN, BBC, ABC, Democracy Now!, Sean Hannity and other major news outlets. Makana’s captivating and wide-ranging performance style has led him to share the stage with Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson, open for music legends Sting, Carlos Santana and Elvis Costello, and perform in venues ranging from Asian and European opera houses to The White House. He has released 8 records to date and most recently a music video anthem, “Fire is Ours”, for Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

Makana’s career is incredibly diverse: he recently opened for Common at the Global Green Pre-Oscar party in Hollywood, co-headlined a music festival with Nahko and Medicine for the People, scored the Hawai’i Visitors & Convention Bureau’s entire 2016 TV campaign for Hawai’i (airing on networks and in movie theaters nationwide) and was awarded a PELE advertising award for his score, composed a song honoring the historic pier of the coastal town of Cayucos (after helping raise funding for its restoration), and produced 3 tribute concerts honoring his late mentor, slack key legend Sonny Chillingworth. In the summer of 2016 he was invited to open a US national arena tour for rock legends Bad Company & Joe Walsh, and debuted his newest album “Introducing SLACK ROCK”.

Born and raised in Hawai’i, Makana grew up on the shores of Waikiki amid the likes of legend Don Ho and young Elvis-impersonator Bruno Mars. Makana- whose name means “a gift given freely”- began singing when he was seven years-old, took up ‘ukulele at nine and began learning the ancient art of slack key at eleven. By fourteen, he was performing professionally, and before long playing five nights a week. His reputation as the youngest virtuoso of slack key spread like molten volcanic lava throughout the islands.

A protégé of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar legends, including Bobby Moderow Jr. and the late master Uncle Sonny Chillingworth, Makana has dedicated his life to perpetuating as well as evolving the traditional Hawaiian art form. Slack key or Ki Ho’alu, nearly 200 years old and indigenous to Hawai’i, was created by ‘ohana (families) on the different islands as a very personal folk music expression of their beautiful surroundings and way of life. The style is characterized by “slacking” the strings to open chords, thus freeing the hands to alter the sound whilst self-accompanying with a triad of alternating bass patterns, faux rhythms and sweet melodies evocative of island atmospheres. Think “three guitars in one!” From this tradition Makana has evolved his own dynamic, high-octane style, coined “Slack Rock”: slack key infused with elements of bluegrass, rock, blues and raga. Makana’s playing has garnered praise from such guitar luminaries as Kirk Hammett (Metallica) and Pepe Romero (Spanish Flamenco Master). A contributor to the 2007 Grammy-nominated “Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Vol. I” and 2009 Grammy-nominated “Hawaiian Slack Key Kings Vol II”, Makana is considered one of the “greatest living players” (Esquire Magazine) whose “instrumental brilliance bears comparison with the work of such groundbreaking acoustic guitarists as John Fahey and Michael Hedges” (Maui News).

The focus of Makana’s art is to celebrate the beauty of tradition while exploring new, relevant perceptions, sounds and themes. In his music he often honors his forebears, the vintage Hawaiian music legends as well as the rock poet idols of the 60s, paying homage to the kupuna (elders) who carry within their Beings the cultural wisdom passed down through generations.

Makana on Radio Venice

Radio Venice S05.E03 – February 26, 2017

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Jeremy Parker

Jeremy Parker is a singer-songwriter and member of MEET ME AT THE PUB.

MEET ME AT THE PUB from Venice Beach, California, formed in 1999. Jeremy, Sully and Jack started playing their first shows at the Malibu Inn every Monday night, soon building a rapid local fan base with the local surfers and skaters. Their early shows helped the band find their true Southern California style combining’ melodic vocals, thumpin bass lines and thick beats. The band plays Reggae, Rock, Ska, Punk and even the odd waltz. Fans enjoy the spontaneous freestyles that keep the shows fresh and live every night. more Jeremy Parker »

Tim Hui

Tim Hui, also known as Timbooki, is a music producer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist and performer living in Los Angeles. Inspired by the sounds and experiences of his surroundings, his music is an endless exploration of sounds and textures of string instruments and beat oriented music.

Tim Hui on Radio Venice

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Radio Venice S05.E02 – Sunday, February 19

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Radio Venice … Fine Music
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Radio Venice S05.E02 Musical Guests

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Markus Illko

Markus Illko has the exceptional ability of having worked successfully within several facets of the music industry. At the age of 16, one of the youngest guitar students ever accepted at the University for Music and Arts Graz (Austria), he soon played in venues throughout the world, including Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Germany, Czechia, Italy, Zyprus and the USA. Performances include TV appearances like Barcelona-TV (Spain) or live radio broadcasts such as “Let’s Spend A Night Together”.

Playing different styles from Classic, Jazz, Tango and Flamenco, he was frequently invited to Europe’s most prestigious stages including Joe Zawinuls Birdland, Porgy and Bess Vienna Orpheum Graz, Palau de Musica Barcelona and many more. Not only did he win several 1. prizes, but received also the prize of honor for his achievements from the University of Music and Arts Graz (Austria). He is currently touring with the all guitar group The String Revolution.

Next to his frequent concert performances he works as a composer and music producer in Los Angeles.

Markus Illko on Radio Venice

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Mark Rechler

Mark Rechler is a Singer/Songwriter who has spent the last 10 years in the band Circus Mind, a New Orleans-influenced funk/rock band, and OUTHOUSE, an electronica lounge project. He has played with members of the Neville Brothers, The Meters, Soulive, Rebirth Brass Band, Deep Banana Blackout and Bob Marley’s band. Mark’s music has been featured on The Discovery Network, Comedy Hall of Fame and Animal Planet. Mark, AKA “Dark Heckler” has studied piano since he was a puppy and is a fan of classic keyboards as well as high-tech synths with lots of knobs. more Mark Rechler »