"Taimane rocks the stage with a sensual vibrancy and a white hot talent that captivates and beguiles!” -Pierce Brosnan (aka 007)
Virtuoso, songwriter and theatrical producer, Taimane, is best known for her fierce and inventive style of playing the ukulele. She is a born entertainer and self-taught musician who learned and still plays by ear. Her attraction to the four-string island staple began at age 3, and 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. Fast forward to today, and you have an artist who tours the world and has carved out a unique niche in music – merging a wide-array of genres, from Bach to rock, flamenco infernos to tribal hymns, summoning a seemingly limitless palette of emotions via an instrument previously viewed as a restricted device.
“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
Taimane Concert - June 6, 2018 - Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach
Feb 2, 2019: Beit Aba Hushi, Haifa Israel
Feb 4, 2019: Hichal Hatarbut, Kfar Saba Israel
Feb 5, 2019: Zappa Club, Herzliya Israel
Feb 7, 2019: Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv Israel
Feb 8, 2019: Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv Israel
Feb 9, 2019: Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv Israel
Feb 22, 2019: POW! WOW! Hawaii, Honolulu HI
March 7, 2019: Honolulu Design Center, Honolulu HI
March 13, 2019 - 12pm: Austin360 at the Austin American-Statesman, Austin TX (details)
March 13, 2019 - 8pm: SXSW Showcase - Sounds from the World at The Driskill, Austin TX (details)
March 14, 2019 - 9am: KLBJ 93.7FM - live on-air interview and performance
March 14, 2019 - 6pm: KUTX Pop-Up Sessions at SXSW - private taping of live performance - visit KUTX.org or vuhaus.com after SXSW to see the video.
March 15, 2019 - 8pm: SXSW Showcase - globalFEST at Palm Door on Sixth, Austin TX (details)
March 30, 2019: Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului HI (details)
Apr 13, 2019: Kahilu Theatre, Kamuela HI (details)
May 16, 2019: Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia WA (details)
May 17, 2019: Admiral Theatre, Bremerton WA (details)
May 23, 2019: Jazz Dock, Prague Czechoslovakia (details)
May 25, 2019: Austrian Ukulele Festival, Graz Austria (details)
May 30, 2019: Le Bal Blomet, Paris France
June 2, 2019: l’Espace Georges Le Meur, Brittany France
June 4, 2019: The Peninsula Hotel, Guernsey Channel Islands
June 19, 2019: Don and Ann Brown Theatre, West Palm Beach, FL
July 6, 2019: Esalen Midsummer Festival, Big Sur CA (sold out - details)
July 7, 2019: Freight & Salvage, Berkeley CA
July 13, 2019: WorldFest, Grass Valley CA (details)
“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
Click text below to view full-length videos.
* written by Taimane (ASCAP)
** written by Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged by Taimane
*** written by Taimane and Jasmine “Jazzy” Skurtu
**** written by Chris Isaak
Over 10 million video views
Over 115,000 social media followers
Cover stories in Hana Hou, Summit, Waikiki and Ukulele magazines
National Draw - Headline Shows: Across America in 2017 & 2018, Taimane has consistently drawn strong numbers in both new and established markets selling out over 40% of her headline shows including the following venues - 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, Turkey, Reunion Island, China, Hong Kong 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.
“I didn’t see anyone at the festival doing anything close to what she 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.” - Austin360 (part of the Austin American-Statesman, Austin’s daily newspaper)
In March 2019, Taimane made her SXSW debut performing in Austin, Texas for the first ever time. With masses of concertgoers, thousands of music media and industry players and over 2,000 artists, SXSW is one of the world's largest and most influential music events and also a place where many independent artists find it a challenge to stand out. The frenzied mass didn’t faze Taimane but instead served as a testament to the undeniable draw of her unique and compelling performances. The ukulele pioneer grabbed attention and praise from a host of national and local media, as well as roaring crowds. The overwhelming response: 'Wow - you will be world famous SOON!’
Click here for a summary of Taimane’s SXSW tour and the responses received including kudos from Bob Boilen, host of National Public Radio’s (NPR’s) ‘All Songs Considered’ show and ‘Tiny Desk’ concerts.
In February 2019, Taimane and her band performed six shows across Israel presented by venerable Israeli producer, Hot Jazz. The president of Hot Jazz, Ziv Ben, hailed the tour as a success with Taimane wowing large audiences across the country while building a fanbase anxious for her return. Following her Israel tour, Taimane traveled to Egypt where she celebrated her birthday and filmed the above video of her original composition, Venus. For this leg of the venture, Taimane did not bring her Kamaka ukulele. Upon feeling the power of the ancient pyramids and historical surroundings, Taimane sought out and purchased an ukulele in Cairo so that she could play her music in this empowering environment and share her experience with the world. With performances around the globe and hundreds of thousands of worldwide video views every month, Taimane is quickly become a cultural beacon sharing the sounds and spirit of Hawaii with people well beyond her island horizon. ✨🌎
In January 2019, Taimane and her band performed three shows during the annual APAP (Association of Performing Arts Professionals) conference in New York City including a headline show at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan that sold out in advance. Taimane performed as a quartet at the club (ukulele / vocals (Taimane) + acoustic guitar (Ramiro Marziani) + hand percussion (Jonathan Heraux) + violin / vocals (Melissa Folzenlogen)) and also featured Polynesian dancer, Enormvs. Taimane was a hit with both concertgoers and performing arts presenters receiving industry praise and at Joe’s Pub, a standing ovation followed by a post-show meet & greet with an endless line of fans (a 30+ minute queue). Following the conference, Taimane received inquiries from over 10 performing arts centers seeking to feature Taimane during their next seasons.
“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
In honor of the 150th Anniversary of Japanese Immigration to Hawai`i, world-renowned choreographer and dancer, Un Yamada (head of Co.YAMADA UN) collaborated with Taimane presenting an original dance piece accompanied by a live musical performance at Doris Duke Theater in Honolulu, HI on November 17, 2018. Yamada (a Japanese national and resident) and Taimane (born, raised & resident of Hawaii) had never before met but instantly bonded. The intimate show clearly sparked creative passion in both artists who plan to present additional dance / musical programs outside of Hawaii in 2019.
On June 5, 2018, Taimane, released her new album, ‘Elemental.’ More than two years in the making, ‘Elemental’ illuminates Taimane’s maturation into a complete artist - songwriter, virtuoso, singer and producer. On the recording which features a song for each element (‘Water,’ ‘Fire,’ ‘Air,’ ‘Earth’ and ‘Ether’), Taimane continues her exploration of natural and metaphysical worlds and successfully weaves several distinct threads (classical, latin and ethereal) into a cohesive cloth, one that looks and feels like its unique creator - contemplative, as well as playful and fun. Taimane wrote all songs on the album and produced the recording.
Music video produced and published by Playing for Change.
Song written by Taimane.
On March 16, 2018, the Playing For Change organization (dedicated to bringing hope & inspiration through music with over 1.5 million followers worldwide) released a Taimane video - a live performance of her song, 'Pluto - King of the Underworld (Hades).' The video was recorded in Ka'a'awa Valley (site of many past movies including King Kong, Jurassic World and Jumanji) on Taimane's home island of Oahu and received over 100,000 views on YouTube and Facebook in its first week of release. Pluto is featured on Taimane's new album, 'Elemental.' Click the above links to view the video.
The Playing For Change Foundation (PFC) will be releasing additional Taimane videos including Taimane adding an ukulele part alongside the frontman of one of the most celebrated American rock n' roll bands of all time. This PFC video will be one of their biggest releases of the year.
3-10-2018 - The Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Taimane made her debut at the famed Staples Center in Los Angeles dazzling a crowd of over 20,000 on Saturday, March 10, 2018 during halftime of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball game. The performance was part of 'Hawaii Night' at the Staples Center and included an interview with Fox Sports. The TV crew interviewed Taimane regarding the unique nature of Taimane's music and the inspiration upon which she draws. They instantly fell in love with Taimane as evidenced by their returning later and recording a second Taimane piece (a Fox Sports program ID). Taimane's Video Blog: Staples Center Debut
July 13-16, 2017 - Taimane with Michael Franti & Spearhead
In May 2017, Taimane joined Michael Franti on stage at his concert in Honolulu, and a few weeks later, Franti invited Taimane to join his band for his biggest shows of the year. Taimane accepted the offer and over a four-night run in July, performed alongside ‘Michael Franti & Spearhead’ in front of over 35,000 people: i) 7/13 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison CO (10,000+ attendees), ii) 7/14 - Targhee Fest, Jackson Hole WY (5,000+ attendees), iii) 7/15 - Gorge Amphitheatre, George WA (15,000+ attendees) and iv) 7/16 - WorldFest, Grass Valley CA (5,000+ attendees). Thanks in part to these concerts, Taimane sold out a series of shows on her first ever North American headline tour the following month.
Taimane performing during the debut of her show, ‘Elemental - A Musical & Theatrical Odyssey,’ on March 25, 2016 at Hawaii Theatre.
In March 2016, Taimane presented ‘Elemental - A Musical & Theatrical Odyssey’ at historic Hawaii Theatre drawing over 1,000 attendees and receiving rave reviews from the public and critics alike. The show brings to life Taimane’s vision of the elements (earth, water, air, fire, ether) and related spheres through music, dance, narration and costume. On June 5, 2018, Taimane released an album of the same name, 'Elemental,' featuring seven songs she wrote for the theater performance. Taimane next presents the show on April 13, 2019 at Kahilu Theatre on the island of Hawaii (Big Island) and plans to tour the show internationally in the future. The show is 100% Taimane with her assuming the following roles: artistic producer (created the music and dance program and managed casting, costuming, set design / lighting, etc.), songwriter (wrote 7 new songs for the performance), bandleader and star musician.
CURRENT TOUR POSTER:
(concert tour supporting new album)
PRIOR TOUR POSTER:
Eastern Skies Tour - October 2017
PRIOR TOUR POSTER:
Western Winds Tour - Summer 2017