Greenhouse Productions and the Flagstaff Arts Council present contemporary Hawaiian band, HAPA, in concert on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will take place in the acoustic theater at the Coconino Center for the Arts. Doors for the show will open at 6:30pm.
The music of HAPA has often been referred to as the “Sound of Maui”. Expect to hear hypnotic, liquid guitar runs woven around clear, tenor Hawaiian vocals and immaculate harmonies driven by poetic lyrics exulting the rapture of the Hawaiian landscape, History and Mythology. Add to this a dose of American Folk-Rock, you have what has been described, as “the most exciting and beautiful contemporary Hawaiian music the world knows” (Maui Times). The overriding quality of their music is one of passion, beauty and serenity, found in the majestic tones of the oli (chant), mele (song) and the exhilarating innovative sounds of virtuoso Guitar performances.
The group’s recordings have woven unique, inventive elements of sound and textures into their intricate South Pacific tapestry. Over the years this has included adding such diverse instruments on their recordings as the Irish Uillian Pipe, Hawaiian Pahu Drum and the Electric Sitar. These disparate ingredients blended together musically in the Pacific emote the unique flavor of what Hawaii and HAPA music is: “Beautiful, fragile, spiritual, powerful” (Los Angeles Times).
HAPA’s self-entitled debut Cd released in 1993 became the biggest selling Cd by a group or duo in the history of recorded Hawaiian music. The group’s debut Cd changed the tide and thus terminology of music from Hawaii, since it was the first Cd to establish itself outside of the musical category “Hawaiian Music” and be referred to as “World Music” by Billboard Magazine in 1993. Follow up Cd releases have debuted in the Top Ten of the Billboard Magazine World Music Chart. The group’s ground breaking music has established them as the most recognized name in Hawaiian Music internationally since their debut release, continuing their 20 year touring tradition of selling out intimate Supper Clubs, Showcase Rooms, Festivals and Performing Art Centers from Tokyo to Sydney to New York.
HAPA will perform at 7:30pm, doors at 6:30pm, on Thursday, March 27 at the Coconino Center for the Arts (2300 N. Fort Valley Road, Flagstaff, Arizona). Tier 1 tickets are $40, tier 2 tickets are $30, and tier 3 tickets are $25. Tickets can be purchased here. To avoid an online purchasing fee, tickets may also be purchased at Rainbow’s End, Coconino Center for the Arts, or by dialing (928) 779-2300.