HARTFORD, March 22, 2016 – “Uke” can’t miss your change to see ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra! The HSO continues its 2015-2016 POPS! Series with Jake Shimabukuro’s Uke Nation for one performance only, Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m., at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford. This concert will be conducted by HSO Music Director Carolyn Kuan. The HSO’s 2015-2016 POPS! Series is sponsored by United Technologies. For tickets and information, call 860-987-5900 or visit www.hartfordsymphony.org.
In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined an under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed TV audiences on Kimmel and Conan, earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played for the Queen of England!
About Jake Shimabukuro
Jake Shimabukuro comes from the process of mixing both island and outside influences, both modern and historical, the same process by which the ukulele was created and developed. He has combined the qualities of a long line of virtuoso ukulele players with modern rock musicians to create a sound that’s uniquely his own but still firmly grounded in Hawaiian tradition.
Growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, Jake began playing at the age of four, encouraged by his mother, who also played. His influences include legendary ukulele players like Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon. Jake also credits icons like Bruce Lee and Michael Jordan as sources of inspiration.
Known for his energetic strumming on the ukulele, Jake’s performance incorporates elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangements to spontaneous, improvised passages. Jake began his music career in the mid-90’s with the band Pure Heart and his solo career took off in 2002 when he signed with Epic Records, becoming the first ukulele player to sign with Sony Music. His career skyrocketed when a cover of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” went viral on YouTube with more than 13 million views.
Jake has collaborated with an array of artists that include Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Bette Midler, Cyndi Lauper, Jack Johnson, Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Michael McDonald, Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, Tommy Emmanuel, and Lyle Lovett – as well as orchestras around the world.
Jake has wowed audiences on national TV with appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Good Morning America,” and “The Today Show.” He has received accolades from Billboard’s World Music Chart, Rolling Stone Magazine, and guitarist Eddie Vedder and is the subject of an award winning documentary “Jake Shimabukuro: Life On Four Strings,” currently on Netflix.
Jake also travels to schools around the world and spreads positive messages to young people, encouraging them to find their passion and live drug-free. Although he is constantly touring, playing 140 shows a year, Jake and his family continue to make Hawaii their home. www.jakeshimabukuro.com