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Koi Au

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Koi Au is the sophomore release from the young Makana, who spent his apprentice years learning from the likes of the Pahinuis and Sonny Chillingworth. Here, he showcases a sort of new direction for slack key guitar, as he works through some standard forms including a slack key instrumental penned originally by Chillingworth, but also mixes in pieces of world music, with some Portuguese fado making an appearance as well as a Chinese zheng. In the opening track, he switches between slack key guitar and an open-tuned slack key zheng, providing a Chinese ambience while playing in a Hawaiian style. After a piece in tribute of Bali, he duets with Cyril Pahinui and follows with...
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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Koi Au is the sophomore release from the young Makana, who spent his apprentice years learning from the likes of the Pahinuis and Sonny Chillingworth. Here, he showcases a sort of new direction for slack key guitar, as he works through some standard forms including a slack key instrumental penned originally by Chillingworth, but also mixes in pieces of world music, with some Portuguese fado making an appearance as well as a Chinese zheng. In the opening track, he switches between slack key guitar and an open-tuned slack key zheng, providing a Chinese ambience while playing in a Hawaiian style. After a piece in tribute of Bali, he duets with Cyril Pahinui and follows with a solo performance of the Chillingworth instrumental. The centerpiece of the album follows soon, with the lengthy instrumental "Koi" in three movements, based in some part on a Willie K. tune. It's here that Makana shows off his full ability on slack key, running through quick passages and more emotional, slow passages with equal grace. A couple of nice Hawaiian vocal numbers continue the series, with one love song in English following them in turn. Then comes another piece of cultural fusion, as he sings a good Portuguese fado in the aptly titled "Fado" while playing a relatively upbeat slack key accompaniment. After a few more instrumental pieces, the album closes on the slightly moody electric "Far from Home." It's a full spectrum of new interpretations of the old slack key genre that Makana showcases here, and a number of interesting directions are taken. While the classic masters of slack key are outstanding in their own right, this is a worthwhile endeavor on Makana's part, and deserves at least one listen, even by the purists out there.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2002
  • Label: Punahele Productions
  • UPC: 702681308320
  • Catalog Number: 13083
  • Sales rank: 90,162

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dragon Throws Out Pearl (2:10)
  2. 2 Bali Kamaha'o (5:39)
  3. 3 E Nihi Ka Hele (4:13)
  4. 4 Slack Key No. 1 (1:23)
  5. 5 Reunion (3:55)
  6. 6 Koi: Emergence/Current of Life/Epilogue (9:04)
  7. 7 Ka Wailele O Nu'uanu (4:09)
  8. 8 Ku'u Lei' Awapuhi (7:06)
  9. 9 Maharina (3:09)
  10. 10 Fado (3:59)
  11. 11 'Ihiuka (4:02)
  12. 12 Makani (5:22)
  13. 13 Koke'e Cabin (1:06)
  14. 14 Far from Home (4:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Makana Primary Artist, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Voices, 12-string Guitar, Gu-Zheng, Guitar (Nylon String)
Pierre Grill Piano
Jack Jeffries Percussion, Hand Drums
Cyril Pahinui Guitar
Stephen Fox Bass, Gong
Byron Yasui Double Bass
Jason Pell Violin
James Roberts Electric Bass
Technical Credits
Michael Cochrane Composer
Pierre Grill Engineer, String Arrangements
Cyril Pahinui Arranger
Chris Bellman Mastering
Porter Miller Engineer
Dom Mariani Composer
Kevin Hughes Engineer, Graphic Design, Art Direction
Makana Arranger, Producer, Adaptation
Puakea Nogelmeier translation
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