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

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

by Keola Beamer
     
 

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, toSee more details below

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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:
0886970202428
catalogNumber:
702024

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Tracks

  1. Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening, for chorus  - Keola Beamer
  2. Poli'ahu (The Mauna Kea Snow Goddess), for guitar & piano  - Keola Beamer
  3. The Little Drummer Boy / Winter Aloha, for 2 guitars  - Keola Beamer
  4. Gymnopedie for piano No. 1  - Keola Beamer
  5. Gnossienne for piano No. 3  - Keola Beamer
  6. Gymnopedie for piano No. 2  - Keola Beamer
  7. Gnossienne for piano No. 4  - Keola Beamer
  8. Gymnopedie for piano No. 3  - Keola Beamer
  9. Pavane for a Sleeping Beauty  - Keola Beamer
  10. Berceuses du Chat (4), song cycle for voice & 3 clarinets or piano  - Keola Beamer
  11. Chiquilín de Bachin, tango song  - Keola Beamer
  12. Milonga, for piano (arranged from "Canción del arbol olvido" Op.3)  - Keola Beamer
  13. Tutu Marambá, for 2 guitars  - Keola Beamer
  14. Cantar Montañés  - Keola Beamer
  15. Spinning Song for piano  - Keola Beamer
  16. Song of India  - Keola Beamer
  17. Venetianisches Gondellied ("Wenn durch die Piazzetta die Abendluft weht  - Keola Beamer
  18. The Nightingale  - Keola Beamer
  19. If my complaints could passions move, for 4 voices & lute (First Book o  - Keola Beamer
  20. Come, heavy sleep, for 4 voices & lute (First Book of Songs)  - Keola Beamer

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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
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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