"Taimane rocks the stage with a sensual vibrancy and a white hot talent that captivates and beguiles!” -Pierce Brosnan (aka 007)
On August 22, 2019, Taimane released a new music video, “Atlantis.” The song is featured on Taimane’s 2018 album, “Elemental.” The video was shot and edited by rising star filmmaker, Etienne Aurelius. Etienne is Jason Momoa's videographer and shoots and edits the videos on Mamoa's YouTube channel. So fitting! Jason Momoa = Atlantian🐟
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Our journey begins beneath the sea, 🌊
Where silence rules and Poseidon is king.
Sirens roam under skies of foam,
where dead men fall from oar to stone.
Forgotten not our fluid city,
with sapphire floors, mermaids sit pretty.
Rhythms undulate below,
Whales sing hymns that ebb and flow.
Collaboration of minds unveil this pearl,
A music video, it will unfurl.
Black and white but not in blue,
"Atlantis" August 22. 🌊
Shot and Edited by: Etienne Aurelius
Electronic Beats by: Jerome James
Dancers: Sequoia Carr-Brown, Rose Wolfe, Missy Black, Alexis Rollins, Becky McGarvey, Nathaniel Lampley
Photos: all photos in this newsletter shot by Kim Taylor Reece
Etienne also directed, filmed and edited Taimane's "JUPITER" video.
Taimane is taking her full-scale performing arts show to the biggest theater stages she’s played to date this October including California Center for the Arts Escondido (1,450 capacity) in San Diego and Musco Center (1,050 capacity) in Orange County. Tour dates are below. Taimane headlines each concert with no support acts. For the first three shows, Taimane will feature a quartet and Polynesian dancer - Taimane (ukulele, vocals), Ramiro Marziani (classical guitar), Jonathan Heraux (percussion), Melissa Folzenlogen (violin, background vocals), Liʻo (Polynesian dance).
10/17 - Smothers Theatre, Malibu CA
10/19 - California Center for the Arts Escondido, San Diego CA
10/20 - Musco Center, Orange CA
10/22 - SOhO, Santa Barbara CA
10/24 - Harlow’s, Sacramento CA
10/26 - Schultz Cultural Arts Hall, Palo Alto CA
Over a quarter million people now follow Taimane on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube. The milestone is a testament to Taimane’s talent, love for entertainment and drive. A woman born, raised and living on a small island in the middle of the Pacific, playing what many view as a novelty instrument, building her career in DIY fashion has stood out from the pack generating worldwide buzz and momentum that suggests she’s just getting started.
Playing for Change, a popular non-profit (over 2.3 million online followers) focused on a noble cause (breaking down political, religious and social barriers through music), released a new “song-around-the-world” on July 24 featuring musicians from eight different countries including Taimane playing her uke alongside the ocean on Oahu. The song, “Love,” is a cover of an Imagine Dragons hit chosen for both its message and reach with younger audiences. Click the above image for a look & listen.
Taimane caught the attention of millions of people across the globe thanks to a video of her rehearsing her Carmen > Phantom of the Opera medley. In May, “The World of Music” Facebook page posted the video, and it went viral attracting over 6.8 million views and counting. Next came a call from Reuters expressing their love of Taimane and the performance. Reuters then published the Carmen segment of the video to its worldwide “Reuters Top News” Twitter feed garnering over 1.3 million views. WGN-TV Morning News in Chicago saw the Reuters post and reached out requesting permission to broadcast various Taimane videos on one of its upcoming shows. Taimane quickly approved. One rehearsal video, close to 10 million views - it pays to practice!
Taimane wrapped her summer tour by playing to her biggest music festival crowd to date, over 5,000 people watching her, her band and dancer at California WorldFest in Grass Valley. Playing through the festival’s *large* PA system to a dance-hungry crowd just before the fest’s main headliner, Toots & the Maytals, took over the stage, Taimane delivered the goods - earning a rousing response and completely selling out of merchandise following the show. This show was the first time Taimane played to a large-scale music festival audience.
During the lead up to this festival, Taimane scored a cover story (picture above) in Submerge Magazine, Sacramento’s arts & entertainment weekly. The cover is an impressive grab for Taimane considering the festival’s lineup of major headliners including Toots, Trombone Shorty and Lila Downs.
California WorldFest photos by Ryuta Shimotomai
As the lights dimmed in the sold out room of nearly 500 people, Northern California Public Media pointed its many cameras at the stage and began filming capturing Taimane’s concert in its entirety from her signature opener, “Led Zeppelin Meets Beethoven,” to her closing “Surf Medley,” and the standing ovation that ensued. The performance will be broadcast on KRCB (North Bay), KPJK (South Bay) and additional public television stations nationwide as a one-hour concert, part of Season II of National California Public Media’s “Live at Freight & Salvage” series. The initial airing of Taimane’s episode is tentatively scheduled for Spring 2020.
Fresh off the heels of a successful European tour, Taimane hit the ground running in North America and put the pedal to the metal selling out five consecutive shows: i) Wednesday, June 19 - Palm Beach Dramaworks (Florida), ii) Saturday, July 6 - Esalen Institute Mid-Summer Festival (Big Sur, CA), iii) Sunday, July 7 - Freight & Salvage (Berkeley, CA), iv) Wednesday, July 10 - Blue Note Napa (California) and v) Thursday, July 11 - Blue Note Napa (California).
A closer look at this run makes these successes even more impressive. The south Florida show took place in the heart of summer (half the area’s population had flown the coop) at a venue that had never previously hosted a concert and was Taimane’s first time performing in the region. The Berkeley show was held at the end of a four-day holiday weekend at an indoor venue known for experiencing summer doldrums - a time of the year when area residents are enrapt by long days, blue skies and outdoor adventure. The final two shows took place mid-week in a region known for having a high percentage of weekend only residents.
Palm Beach Dramaworks - West Palm Beach, FL
Wednesday, June 19
Esalen Institute - Big Sur, CA
Saturday, July 6
Freight & Salvage - Berkeley, CA
Sunday, July 7
Blue Note Napa - Napa, CA
Wednesday, July 10
& Thursday July 11
On May 20th, Taimane touched down in Germany and spent the next three and half weeks touring and enjoying Europe including a vacation to the original home of the ukulele, Madeira. Along the way, Taimane was greeted with the most passionate fans she’s ever met - many of them - making for packed and unforgettable shows including May 23rd at Jazz Dock in Prague, May 30 at Le Bal Blomet in Paris and June 6 at Bush Hall in London. Many bright days ahead for Taimane in Europe.
Jazz Dock - Prague, Czech Republic
Thursday, June 23
Schloßbergbühne Kasematten - Graz, Austria
Saturday, June 25
Bush Hall - London, United Kingdom
Thursday, June 6
Meet the 2019 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Favorite Entertainer of the Year - Taimane. A Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award is the most esteemed recognition an artist can receive in Hawaii. In this, the 42nd year of the awards, Taimane beat out noteworthy competition by receiving more public votes for ‘Favorite Entertainer’ than any other artist and thereby taking home her first ever Nā Hōkū.
With its immense natural beauty and wide-open spaces, the state of Washington has much in common with Taimane’s Hawaii home. The cultural connection was clearly evident when Taimane made her debut headline performances in the Seattle region. Over two nights (Olympia Thurs. 5/16 and Bremerton Fri. 5/17), more than 1,300 people came out to cheer on Taimane and her trio along with Polynesian dancer, Li‘o.
Post-Show Posts - Bremerton, WA
“Unbelievable! This was, without a doubt, the most captivating and talented performer we’ve seen in years. Thank you Admiral Theater!” -Heather Pugh
“One of the top 5 shows I’ve seen at the Admiral! Wonderful” -Mary Bethune
“Another great show! Never knew a ukulele could be played like Taimane played that uke last night. So good! And props to whoever was running sound, it was perfect, heard every note and her vocals were crystal! Mahalo!” -Daron Tienhaara
In May, Taimane stepped into the international fashion world. She appeared as a featured model in the summer campaign of ALLSAINTS, a fashion house with nearly 2 million online followers and over 200 retail stores worldwide. Photos from the campaign are below along with a Taimane Q&A published by ALLSAINTS in conjunction with the launch of the promotion.
Taimane Q&A with ALLSAINTS
I'm an ukulele artist born and raised on Oahu, exploring the world with my music, yoga and fashion.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
fiery, ethereal, rooted
Favourite local hangout and why?
The streets of Chinatown [in Honolulu] have kept my artistic fire lit. In the land of luaus and tradition, Chinatown is a place with many faces. People from different walks of life traverse these streets, creating a melting pot of diverse stores, music and food. It's also a bit sketchy. Like I said, many faces.
What do you love most about living in Hawaii?
People here are very connected to the elements because your constantly surrounded by them. Oahu is also the "gathering place" and provides city life, while keeping Hawaiian culture and beauty in its repertoire. It's constantly innovating Polynesian fashion, food and music.
What would you say you’re passionate about?
I'm passionate about creating a magical experience thru my performances. I love performing and making people happy thru my music. It's my purpose, and I'm so thankful that I can follow my passion.
Describe Hawaii in one word:
What comes to mind when we say “home"?
Salty, humid air, ocean waves and a sense of calm
Any interesting anecdote about your time with us during the shoot?
It was the first shoot I've been on where there was no makeup artist or makeup on the models. I appreciate and respect that AllSaints chooses to share people in their bare form.
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 [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." - 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.