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World’s Best and Hawai‘i’s Best at The MACC!

Hindustani slide guitar players plus Hawaiian acoustic music.

March 20, 2014
Maui Weekly

Continuing the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's (The MACC) collection of performances in its 2013-14 presenting season, The MACC brings artists from opposite sides of the globe this week: all the way from the Indian subcontinent, Debashish Bhattacharya will perform on Friday, March 21, and from this side of our world, Hawai'i's Kuini trio on Saturday, March 22.

Debashish Bhattacharya

Described by Guitar Player magazine as one of the world's foremost slide players, Debashish Bhattacharya is a pandit (master) in the modern Indian music tradition of Hindustani slide guitar. His innovative picking techniques enable him to blaze with lightning speed and caress the listener with a light touch as gentle as Maui morning dew.

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Debashish Bhattacharya, master in the modern Indian music tradition of Hindustani slide guitar, will perform at The MACC on Friday, March 21.

For Debashish's first appearance at The MACC on March 21 at 7:30 p.m., he will be joined by his brother, tabla virtuoso Subashish Bhattacharya, and for a few tunes by Maui-born slack key guitarist Jeff Peterson, with whom he has been recording a new album.

The Hawai'i connections are not coincidental: from Calcutta, Bhattacharya performs raga and fusion on instruments adapted from the Hawaiian steel guitar.

Tickets are $30.

Kuini

Kuini took top honors in 2012 in the prestigious Ka Himeni 'Ana Contest for acoustic performances of Hawaiian music, judged on the quality of harmonization, use of Hawaiian language and overall musicianship.

Kuini will perform at The MACC at 7:30 p.m. on March 22--to the delight of their fan base, which stretches island-wide and all the way to Japan and back!

Kuini is comprised of Iwalani Ho'omanawanui'ikana'auao Apo on 'ukulele, Kapulanakehau Tamure on guitar and Keli Mehealani Viernes on acoustic bass. Together, they make a triple-powered trio: "Talent plus charisma plus panache," according to the Honolulu Star Advertiser.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 on the day of show. This is a show not to be missed by anyone who loves Hawaiian music and outstanding showmanship!

Purchase tickets for either show--or any of the many and varied performances at The MACC--in person at The MACC Box Office or by calling 242-SHOW (7469) Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or online at MauiArts.org.

 
 

 

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