Ka Hikina O Ka Hau (The Coming of the Snow)

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Ka Hikina O Ka Hau is definitely a different route for Keola Beamer, a change from his usual mellifluous slack-key work. This takes him into classical music, both relatively modern (Satie) and early (Dowland), but not playing it completely straight: instead, he layers several guitars, in different tunings, to create each piece. And even when he offers an original piece (which, incidentally, is the most satisfying material here), George Winston adds subtle and unusual piano accompaniment (he also plays guitar on another track). There's plenty of impressionist music, and it's here that the layering exercise, though necessary, seems most strained. There's no real flow to the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Ka Hikina O Ka Hau is definitely a different route for Keola Beamer, a change from his usual mellifluous slack-key work. This takes him into classical music, both relatively modern (Satie) and early (Dowland), but not playing it completely straight: instead, he layers several guitars, in different tunings, to create each piece. And even when he offers an original piece (which, incidentally, is the most satisfying material here), George Winston adds subtle and unusual piano accompaniment (he also plays guitar on another track). There's plenty of impressionist music, and it's here that the layering exercise, though necessary, seems most strained. There's no real flow to the Satie "Gymnopédies," but neither do they float the way they should (this is often also true of the other classical pieces). The traditional Brazilian "Tutu Maramba" doesn't bristle with rhythm, while Mendelssohn's "Venetian Boat Song" has its melody broken up. It's an interesting experiment, most certainly, not only to hear Beamer tackle something so radically different, but to overdub this way. However, slack key it's definitely not.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/12/2006
  • Label: Windham Hill Records
  • UPC: 886970202428
  • Catalog Number: 702024
  • Sales rank: 341,074

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keola Beamer Primary Artist, Guitar
George Winston Guitar
Technical Credits
John Dowland Composer
Alberto Ginastera Composer
Maurice Ravel Composer
Igor Stravinsky Composer
Randall Thompson Composer
Erik Satie Composer
Astor Piazzolla Composer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Howard Johnston Engineer
Adam Muñoz Engineer
Ron Rigler Engineer
George Winston Composer, Producer
Frank Harkins Art Direction
Dave Russell Engineer
Porter Miller Engineer
Keola Beamer Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Justin Lieberman Engineer
Steve Grimes Guitar Maker
Rachel Allgood Engineer
Danny O'Donoghue Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Loredana Crisan Engineer
Tyler Crowder Engineer
Daniel O'Donoghue Producer, Liner Notes
Donley Smith Cover Photo
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