Koi Au

Koi Au

by Makana


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Koi Au

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/08/2002
Label: Punahele Productions
UPC: 0702681308320
catalogNumber: 13083

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

Pierre Grill   Engineer,String Arrangements
Cyril Pahinui   Arranger
Porter Miller   Engineer
Dom Mariani   Composer
Kevin Hughes   Engineer,Graphic Design,Art Direction
Makana   Arranger,Producer,Adaptation
Puakea Nogelmeier   translation

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