A Lecture with Jake Shimabukuro: Ukulele Virtuoso and Composer
Date: September 21, 2022, 4:30 p.m.
Location: Choral Room, Voxman Music Building
Over the past two decades, Jake Shimabukuro has proved that there isn’t a style of music that he can’t play. While versatility for any musician is impressive, what’s remarkable about Shimabukuro’s transcendent skills is how he explores his seemingly limitless vocabulary – whether it’s jazz, rock, blues, bluegrass, folk or even classical – on perhaps the unlikeliest of instruments: the ‘ukulele. Responding to the urgent calls of his fervent imagination, the Hawai’i-born virtuoso has taken the ‘ukulele to points previously thought impossible, and in the process he’s reinvented the applications for this tiny, heretofore underappreciated four-string instrument, causing many to call him “the Jimi Hendrix of the ‘ukulele.” Just recently, he was nominated by President Joe Biden to serve as a Member for the National Council on the Arts. His new album “Jake & Friends” features artists including Willie Nelson, Jimmy Buffett, and Kenny Loggins.