This is being advertised by the BTLC! This is a free event! TLC Credit: IS (T)
Presenter: Jake Shimabukuro (ukulele virtuoso and composer)
Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele virtuoso and composer, will be conducting a workshop/lecture entitled “Think Ukulele” prior to his concert at the Englert. The event is free to all students, faculty, staff, and community members (no ukulele required!). He will talk about his journey through music, how the ukulele helps him navigate life, and answer questions from the audience!
Bio: 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.