UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI‘I AT MANOA OUTREACH COLLEGE
Community Services Division
Mānoa Jazz & Heritage Festival presents Raul Midón in Concert
Info: Mar 24 • Sat • 7:30pm • Orvis Auditorium • Advance sale tickets go on sale December 15 and range from $10 to $30. • Tickets are available, beginning December 15, on line at www.etickethawaii.com, by phone at 944-2697, or visit any UH Ticket outlet (Stan Sheriff Center, Rainbowtique stores, and the UH Mānoa Campus Center ticket office), service charges apply. Advance sales end at midnight the day prior to the first performance. At the door sales begin 1 hour before performance begins. For more information call 956-8246.
Search for `Raul Midón` on YouTube and you`ll find a clip of the New York-based vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter appearing on The Late Show With David Letterman in 2006. Performing `State of Mind,` the title track from his 2005 debut album, Midón unleashes a silky, soulful tenor and dazzling percussive guitar style - a syncopated, flamenco- and jazz-infused approach in which bass, harmony, and melodic lines emanate from the fretboard in one slap-happy storm. If that weren`t enough, Midón busts out his improvisational mouth horn technique, in which he creates a bebop `trumpet` solo entirely with his lips, earning himself a spontaneous burst of mid-song applause from the audience in the process. It`s a virtuosic performance, and one that reveals what has made Midón such an exciting artist to watch over the past few years.
The New Mexico native funnels all that creativity and fiery passion into his third album, Synthesis, which he recorded in Los Angeles in June 2009 with legendary producer and bassist Larry Klein, who is noted for his work with such luminaries as Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, and Peter Gabriel. A genre-defying blend of soul, pop, jazz, folk, and Latin elements, Invisible Chains showcases Midón`s evolution as an artist as he sets some of his more biting insights about betrayal, fear, loss, and the American Dream to deceptively up-tempo swinging rhythms and deliriously catchy melodies. While `Never Really Gave,` `Don`t Take It That Way,` and `Invisible Chains` crackle with tart observation, songs like `Next Generation,` `Call My Name,` and `Moment to Moment` strike a more uplifting tone.
A presentation of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Outreach College.Part of a Hawai‘i Association of Music Societies tour and the Mānoa Arts and Minds series. Funded in part by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.