Whittier College

Office of Public Relations

13406 Philadelphia St.

P.O. Box 634

Whittier, CA  90608-0634



Jan. 23, 2002                                                           Contact:  Judy Browning

Reference: 01/02: 40                                                               at (562) 907-4216


Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Masters in Concert at Whittier College


WHAT:                    Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival, featuring Keola Beamer, Ozzie
Kotani and George Kahumoku, Jr.


WHEN:                    8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27


WHERE:                  The Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier

                             (At the corner of Philadelphia St. and Painter Ave.)


COST:                    $32


ADD:                      Three of Hawaii’s best slack key guitar players will bring their time-honored style of music to the Shannon Center when George
Kahumoku, Jr., Ozzie Kotani and Keola Beamer get together and
strut their stuff.  Beamer has been a progressive voice in slack key
for more than 20 years.  Master guitarist and teacher Kotani is
making his first tour appearance this year, and audience favorite Kahumoku is a musician who loves nature and expresses his
stewardship of the earth in his music.


                             The native music of Hawaii is influenced by the natural beauty of
the islands; it is gentle, melodic and as easy on the ear as the
Hawaiian landscape is on the eye.  The guitar was first introduced
on the islands in the 1800s by the Spanish vaqueros sent over to cultivate cattle ranching.  Hawaiians were fascinated by the sound, but when the cowboys left, many of the rural Hawaiians did not know
how to tune their instruments.  They improvised by “slacking down” the strings, which lowered the notes into a beautiful open chord and
thus, slack key guitar was born.  The style lends itself to a deeper, mellower sound with lots of ringing open strings and gentle, open melodies. 


INFORMATION:         For tickets and information, call the Shannon Center Box Office

                             at 562-907-4203.

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