2019 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Favorite Entertainer of the Year
"Taimane rocks the stage with a sensual vibrancy and a white hot talent that captivates and beguiles!” -Pierce Brosnan (aka 007)
"I didn’t see anyone at the [SXSW 2019] festival doing anything close to what she [Taimane] does on stage. She shreds on ukulele and rocks everything from Beethoven to Led Zeppelin. Somehow she manages to not only rock out but connect the audience with meaningful Hawaiian traditions and dances." - Austin American-Statesman
Virtuoso, songwriter, singer and theater producer, Taimane, has established herself as one of the leading ukulele players in the world, known for her fierce and inventive style of play transcending traditional views of the instrument as a restricted device. Taimane’s musicality and approach to the stage further add to her draw. Through both beautiful originals and one-of-a-kind mashups (seemingly disparate songs (e.g. Led Zeppelin and Beethoven) merged into medleys with pop appeal), Taimane conjures a wide-range of deep emotions smashing the notion of Hawaii music’s being light and simple. Seeing her perform live exponentially amplifies these feelings and makes clear that Taimane is an entertainer first and foremost. With a take-no-prisoners attitude and carefully crafted shows that are the polar opposite of recitals, Taimane demands viewers’ attention every second of every performance eliciting intense, “wow” reactions on cue while leading her audiences on a journey through a range of experiences - mystical, dark and playful.
Hailing from Hawaii with a name which translates to “diamond” from Samoan, Taimane’s attraction to the four-string island staple began at age 5. By age 10, she regularly performed in public, busking in Waikiki every Friday night with her father holding down security duties and Waikiki Beach Boys (adults whose home & workplace was the beach) serving as her band. By age 13, Taimane landed a position in Don Ho’s show, literally playing in the spotlight every week until Ho’s passing. Ho was not only a Hawaii legend (his “Tiny Bubbles” hit remained on Billboard’s Hot 200 for over a year making him world famous) but also a consummate entertainer who significantly influenced Taimane’s perspective on performance. Each night, when the typically full house turned its attention to the petite young girl suddenly anointed band leader for a rendition of the surf classic “Wipeout,” it was time to rock.
Following her early years in Waikiki, Taimane walked away from its pop scene and leapt into a completely different world, the art houses of Honolulu’s Chinatown. There, she discovered audiences who valued original songs and began to develop her own style of music, eventually merging a wide-array of genres, from Bach to rock, flamenco infernos to tribal hymns, into mesmerizing shows with universal allure. Fast forward to today, and you have an artist who tours the world renowned for taking the ukulele to new heights while blazing her own trail in the process.
“Every so often we discover an artist as he or she is about to emerge into a much bigger arena. These experiences have included Chris Botti, Trombone Shorty, Kamasi Washington and Lake Street Dive. Now, we have a new discovery - Taimane. She's destined for a big, bright future, and I encourage you to catch her show as soon as you can.”-Bruce Labadie, Artistic and Festival Director of San Jose Jazz
“A phenomenally talented ukulele virtuoso, Taimane has developed a flamenco-inspired strumming technique that is breathtaking.” - Jon Woodhouse, The Maui News
“Absolutely fantastic show!”
-Jerry VanLeeuwen, Executive Director, California Center for the Arts Escondido
“It was an incredible performance!”
-Todd Stein, President & CEO, Mid-America Arts Alliance
“What an amazing artist!”
-Kristine Bretall, Director of Performing Arts, Sun Valley Center
October 17, 2019: Smothers Theatre, Malibu CA (details)
October 19, 2019: California Center for the Arts Escondido, San Diego CA (details)
October 20, 2019: Musco Center for the Arts, Orange CA (details)
October 22, 2019: SOhO Restaurant & Music Club, Santa Barbara CA (details)
October 24, 2019: Harlow’s Restaurant & Nightclub, Sacramento CA
October 26, 2019: Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, Palo Alto CA (details)
November 3, 2019: Blue Note Hawaii, Waikiki HI (details)
PAST 2019 PERFORMANCES
July 13, 2019: WorldFest, Grass Valley CA (details)
July 11, 2019: Blue Note Napa, Napa CA (SOLD OUT)
July 10, 2019: Blue Note Napa, Napa CA (SOLD OUT)
July 7, 2019: Freight & Salvage, Berkeley CA (SOLD OUT)
July 6, 2019: Esalen Midsummer Festival, Big Sur CA (details)(SOLD OUT)
June 19, 2019: Don and Ann Brown Theatre, West Palm Beach, FL (SOLD OUT)
June 6, 2019: Bush Hall, London (details)
June 4, 2019: The Peninsula Hotel, Guernsey Channel Islands
June 2, 2019: l’Espace Georges Le Meur, Brittany France
May 30, 2019: Le Bal Blomet, Paris France
May 25, 2019: Austrian Ukulele Festival, Graz Austria (details)
May 23, 2019: Jazz Dock, Prague Czechoslovakia (details)
May 16, 2019: Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia WA
May 17, 2019: Admiral Theatre, Bremerton WA
May 1, 2019: Blue Note Hawaii, Waikiki HI
April 13, 2019: Kahilu Theatre, Kamuela HI (SOLD OUT)
March 30, 2019: Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului HI (SOLD OUT)
March 7, 2019: Honolulu Design Center, Honolulu HI
February 9, 2019: Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv Israel
February 8, 2019: Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv Israel
February 7, 2019: Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv Israel
February 5, 2019: Zappa Club, Herzliya Israel
February 4, 2019: Hichal Hatarbut, Kfar Saba Israel
February 2, 2019: Beit Aba Hushi, Haifa Israel
January 5, 2019: Joe's Pub, New York NY (SOLD OUT)
“A phenomenally talented ukulele virtuoso, Taimane has developed a flamenco-inspired strumming technique that is breathtaking. In concert, her hands often blur in motion as she passionately strums while dancing around the stage. It’s an intoxicating experience both visually and aurally that has blown away audiences both nationally and abroad.”-Jon Woodhouse, The Maui News
TYPES OF PERFORMANCES:
Genres: World Music - Traditional Roots / Classical / Flamenco / Contemporary
Instrumentation: duo [ukulele/vocals, guitar], trio [ukulele/vocals, guitar, hand-percussion], quartet [ukulele/vocals, guitar, hand-percussion and violin or cello] or quintet [ukulele/vocals, guitar, hand-percussion, violin, cello]
Experiential Theater (“experiential”, not ‘experimental’):
Storytelling: Taimane has produced and presented several musical theater shows that tell a story through music, spoken word, dance and costume.
Current Show: Taimane is currently presenting her experiential theater show, ‘Elemental - A Musical & Theatrical Odyssey.’
Mark J. Tarone, Esq.
I‘iwi Management, LLC
1159 Nu‘uanu Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96817
mark at rootsmusichawaii.com
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National Draw - Headline Shows: Across America in 2017 & 2018, Taimane has consistently drawn strong numbers in both new and established markets selling out over 50% of her headline shows including the following venues - Freight & Salvage (Berkeley, CA), Blue Note Napa (Napa, CA), Palm Beach Dramaworks (West Palm Beach, CA), Kahilu Theatre (Waimea, HI), Jade Leaf Club (San Jose, CA), Don Quixote's (Santa Cruz, CA), Sunshine-Brooks Theater (Oceanside, CA), Millenium Stage at The Kennedy Center (Washington D.C.), Joe's Pub (New York, NY - January 2019 & October 2017), Swallow Hill Music (Denver, CO)(co-bill), Cafe Stritch (San Jose, CA), Covo (La Jolla, CA) and Pyramid House (Kona, HI). Taimane also drew a full-house to her debut at the Belly Up in San Diego in May 2018.
International Touring: Taimane's ukulele has taken her around the world including performances at TEDx (Maui, Costa Rica, Purdue), the Pan American Games (Canada), Samoa, France, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, United Kingdom, Turkey, Reunion Island, Thailand, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and more.
Taimane’s song, “Water,” served as the music bed for a 2019 TV commercial that premiered during the Super Bowl across Hawaii. The spot was created by HEMIC workers comp insurance company and celebrates individual workers and business owners and their contributions to Hawaii communities and industry. Click here to view the commercial.
Taimane was recently contracted to write three songs for the movie, "Haole," an independent feature film currently being produced by award-winning filmmaker and Disney Studios / Columbia Pictures alumn, James Sereno, of Kinetic Productions.
Taimane's songs, "The Sun," "Mother Earth" and "Father Sky," are featured in Keely Shaye Brosnan's (wife of Pierce Brosnan) film, "Poisoning Paradise," telling the story of the struggle to drive adoption of sustainable agriculture in Hawaii. This summer, the film screened at Cannes International Film Festival and is expected to be picked up for U.S. and/or international distribution.
Taimane wrote and recorded the score for the short film, "Let The Mountain Speak," paying tribute to Mauna Kea.
(supporting new album)
Eastern Skies - October 2017
Western Winds - Summer 2017