"Taimane rocks the stage with a sensual vibrancy and a white hot talent that captivates and beguiles!” -Pierce Brosnan (aka 007)
On May 3, 2019, Taimane released her music video, “Earth,” to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the 2018 lava flows on Hawaii Island and celebrate the inspiration the island & its people continue to foster.
“I’m honored to have documented these lands before their metamorphosis and grateful to the island and its people for having shared and continuing to share so much with me.” -Taimane
“Earth” was filmed in the region affected by the 2018 eruptions shortly before the flows began. The experience of shooting the video in Puna’s stunningly beautiful landscapes and seeing many of the sites and surrounding communities paved over by Pele strongly affected Taimane. Her connection to this natural phenomenon and those impacted deepened in June 2018, when she performed a free, impromptu concert at “The Hub,” the tent camp that served as the makeshift home for many who were forced to flee their residences.
Taimane wrote “Earth” for her show, “Elemental - A Musical & Theatrical Odyssey,” which she debuted at Oahu’s Hawaii Theatre in March 2016. The song appears on Taimane’s 2018 album titled, “Elemental.” On April 13, 2019, Taimane returned to the Big Island and presented the show at Kahilu Theatre to a sold-out audience. “Visiting the Big Island for the first time since the eruptions was uplifting,” Taimane said. “I feel a stronger connection to nature there than anywhere else in Hawaii, and the aloha shared by the island’s people never fails to get my attention and put a smile on my face. Whether you’ve been there many times or have yet to visit, the Big Island will leave an indelible mark. I cherish my time there and can’t wait to go back!”
Song written & recorded by Taimane (ASCAP)
Video filmed and edited by Talltree of Light - http://www.talltreeoflight.com/
Hula by Asialynn G.K Yap - https://www.instagram.com/iamasiadoll/
Appearances by Indigo Elixirs and Mulan Rouge
Little girl singer: Raynbow Souza
Additional filming by Fixed Flight Films
Taimane and Tavana joined forces to celebrate Lei Day at Blue Note Hawaii on Wednesday, May 1. Taimane and her band performed at 6:30pm with special guest Tavana. At 9:00pm, Tavana took over the stage with his full-scale production featuring his wide-array of stringed instruments (Hawaiian lap steel, acoustic guitar, ukulele and banjo) along with his arsenal of foot pedals (electronic drums). During Tavana’s concert, Taimane joined as special guest.
Keale of Ocean Dreamer Hawaii was onsite showcasing Ocean Dreamer's celebrated floral artistry with beautiful lei of all shapes, colors and styles available for purchase. With nearly 100,000 devout social media followers and worldwide demand as both an experiential artist and speaker, Ocean Dreamer's founder and lead creative, Pamakane (mother of Keale), has elevated strung flowers and the process of lei making to symbols of inner beauty and wellness while calling out the healing powers of nature. Pamakane is also the artist who created the lei po'o featured on Taimane's most recent album, 'Elemental.'
“Waikiki is a special place for me, the birthplace of my career - busking on the street starting at age 10 and by age 13, performing with Don Ho every week,” shares Taimane. “I loved returning to my Hawaii musical ‘home’ for Lei Day - especially great to have my Samoan aunties there as well as so many long-time fans and jamming songs with Tavana is always amazing!”
On Saturday, April 13, Taimane made her debut at Kahilu Theatre on the Big Island, presenting 'Elemental - A Musical & Theatrical Odyssey' to a sold out house.
It was a fantastic evening as highlighted by this post-show review from Big Island Music Magazine: "Ukulele Goddess Taimane Offers a Stunning Theatrical Performance [of] 'Elemental'"
More about this show later this week when Taimane releases her "Earth" video. Wonderful to be back on the Big Island. Mahalo to everyone who attended and assisted!
On Saturday, March 30, Taimane made her Maui headline debut playing to a full house. It was a wonderful night as highlighted by this post-show review from The Maui News!
"The queen of the ukulele, Taimane, delivered a stunning, sold-out show at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center in Kahului on Saturday. A mesmerizing artist who commands the stage with a sensually soulful presence, she invoked the gods in passionate tributes to the planets and elements, managed to fuse Beethoven’s 5th Symphony with Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” and played an electrifying version of Bizet’s “Carmen,” which segued into “The Phantom of the Opera” theme song." -The Maui News
Click here and scroll down for the complete review.
“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.
Taimane CD Release Concert
June 6, 2018
Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach
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.