Headlining the entertainment will be Patrick Landeza
Patrick Landeza, Hawaiian slack key guitarist extraordinaire, returns to Atherton Studios on the heels of receiving Hawaiian music’s highest honor, the 2013 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for Slack Key Album of the Year. He made Hawaiian music history as the first musician based on the mainland to win this prestigious award. Landeza is a Hawaii Music Award winner and was recently awarded Listen for Life's "Musician of the Heart Award". Listen for Life was the organization that produced a world music concert for peace at NY's Carnegie Hall which Patrick was a part of.
A musician, composer, author and producer, Patrick is a leading exponent of ki ho’alu, the Hawaiian slack key guitar style that Hawaiian cowboys developed in the 19th century when they loosened – or “slacked” – their guitar strings for a lower, more resonant sound. Born and raised in Berkeley to Hawaii-born parents, Patrick studied slack key from masters like Cyril Pahinui, Ray Kane, and Dennis Kamakahi. Patrick is not only one of the top slack key performers around, he is also a musical bridge between Hawaii and California – he plays, in his words, “traditional Hawaiian music with a Berkeley twist.” Patrick currently wrote a children's book entitled "Danny's Hawaiian Journey", a book that speaks about cultural identity. He also has a line of fruit jams and handmade jewelry that's available at all of his performances!
Landeza teaches middle school social studies at St. Joseph, Fremont, and continues to tour and give lessons when not in school.
Chinese Folk Music - China’s Spirit - Guzheng Ensemble
This group is a guzheng ensemble consisting of serious young musicians of
all parts of youth performing modern arrangements on traditional melodies.
These students train year round coming from all over the Bay Area. Their
hard work and youthful professionalism has earned them much respect in the
Chinese musical community. All students are trained by and all arrangements
are written by guzheng soloist and CSME Director, Winnie Wong.
Chinese Dance - Patty Chu’s Chinese Folk Dance Troupe
Patty Chu, an instructor and artistic director, blends the rich musical
legacy with classical, folk and contemporary dances. The dance troupe has
drawn frequent smiles from a variety of reviewers. Most of all, their
graceful stage presence and technical skills always make a good impression
on the audiences.
Mongolian Dance and Music - Ger Youth Center
Ger Youth Center is a community based organization that conducts educational and cultural programs to preserve Mongolian language and traditions as well as exposing the Mongolian-American youth in the San Francisco Bay Area to Mongolian culture. Participants learn Mongolian language, history, traditional dance, chess and how to play traditional Mongolian musical instruments. Instructors are professional State Merit Artists and teachers.
Polynesian Music - Bay Farm Ukulele
Bay Farm Ukulele is music group comprised of vivacious 6th graders and
talented teachers from Bay Farm Elementary School. They love to strum and
sing a variety of music, from traditional Hawaiian songs to current popular
hits. All of the students were brand new to the 'ukulele and Hawaiian
music when this group was formed 8 months ago by Bonnie Nelson and Barbie
Wong. They are delighted to play for you.
Korean Martial Arts - Intensity Martial Arts
Intensity Martial Arts is a professional martial arts school specializing
in teaching Tae Kwon Do to children 4yrs and older and teaching
Kickboxing / Mixed Martial Arts to adults. Tae Kwon Do, meaning the “art or
method of fist and feet”, is an age old Korean combat art known for its
dynamic kicking. Master Jeremy Keller and his students from Intensity
Martial Arts will be demonstrating Tae Kwon Do's most basic to advanced
Hawaiian Dance - Halau Makana
Hâlau Makana is Alameda's "locally owned, locally grown" Polynesian Dance
Company. Our performances this weekend represent Hawai'i and Tahiti,
expressing both the relaxed, easy-going island lifestyles and
happy-go-lucky fast-paced dances. Come along with us on a dance journey
Okinawan Dance Academy
Kinuko Monotake is the master at the Okinawan Dance Academy. Okinawan
classical dance was performed to welcome and entertain envoys from China
and Far East Asia during the trade period. This traditional folk dance is
noted not only for the beauty of the dance but also for the elaborate
costumes and bright colors.
Kinuko told us it takes 4 hours to put on their make up.
Drums - Okinawan Shimadaiko
Shimadaiko is a drum style most associated with Okinawa. The drums are
usually made of animal skin pulled on steel rings. The pitch of the drum is
controlled by ropes intertwined around the body of the drum. These drums
are prettier and smaller than the more common taiko drums.
Michael Sea and Tropical Rock
A local favorite, this band has been around for decades. Their sounds are
always comfortable and always conjure up great memories of the good old
days. Michael Sea and his band are from many parts of the Bay Area and they
are here today to celebrate with us.