Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Ukulele Master Jake Shimabukuro to be presented by Tigertail on Nov 14 in Miami

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Saturday, November 14, 2015
8:30 pm

Miami Dade County Auditorium
2901 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33125

Tigertail's Miami concert is part of a tour of over 40 cities in over 20 U.S. states as well as Japan. Hawaiian Jake Shimabukuro is currently the world's best known ukulele artist, primarily due to his 2006 YouTube cover of George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" that went viral with over 13 million views.

"Over the years, Tigertail has brought many singular musicians to Miami," said Tigertail Executive Director Mary Luft. "We first heard about Jake when he played at the Spoleto Festival. Jake addresses the musical interests of so many of our audience members – rock, jazz, classical, world and folk – with freshness and virtuosity."

Jake is the subject of an award winning documentary "Jake Shimabukuro: Life On Four Strings," currently on Netflix. Although he is constantly touring, playing 140 shows a year, Jake and his family continue to make Hawaii their home. He has just released a new album, "Travels", on October 9, 2015, which will be available at the November 14, Miami concert.

Known for his energetic strumming on the ukulele, Jake Shimabukuro's performance incorporates elements of thoughtful, sophisticated arrangements to spontaneous, improvised passages. He has combined the qualities of a long line of virtuoso ukulele players with modern rock musicians to create a sound that is uniquely his own but still firmly grounded in Hawaiian tradition. Growing up in Hawaii, Jake's influences include legendary ukulele players like Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon. He also credits icons like Bruce Lee and Michael Jordan as a source of inspiration.

Jake has topped Billboard's World Music Chart numerous times, been declared a musical "hero" by Rolling Stone Magazine, which also stated: "one of the hottest axemen of the past few years doesn't actually play guitar." He has also won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder who stated: "Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can't see anybody else catching up with." He has appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "Good Morning America," and "The Today Show."

Jake Shimakukuro's life has always centered on the ukulele. He started playing at the age of four at the urging his mother, who also played. Jake began his music career in the mid-90's, performing at local coffee shops as a sideman with his first band, Pure Heart. But Jake's solo career began in 2002 when he signed with Epic Records, becoming the first ukulele player to sign with Sony Music. While his well-received solo releases positioned Jake as an established musician in Hawaii and Japan, his career skyrocketed when his YouTube went viral in 2006.
In the years since the YouTube clip aired, 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. He's sold out world-class venues, played at Bonnaroo, SXSW, the Playboy Jazz Festival, Fuji Rock Festival, the influential TED conference, and even performed for Queen Elizabeth II at the Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool, England.

See more about Jake on his website:

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Tigertail will present a full season of music, dance and spoken word events to mark its 36th year of cultural work in Miami. In its 36 years, Tigertail has commissioned and presented more than 550 artists in dance, music, theater, film and video, as well as the visual and literary arts. The 36th season will begin with two music concerts and Tigertail's annual fundraising party. It will climax in the month April with a festival called WATER. The Tigertail's teen spoken word team, WordSpeak, will close the season. (See the full schedule, with venues and times below.)

As it has for many years, Tigertail's WordSpeak teen spoken word team will launch their annual book of poems on the first Friday following Christmas, December 30, at Books & Books in Coral Gables. The teens will perform poems that were praised by their peers at the Brave New Voices festival in Atlanta this past July.

In its third year, ScreenDance Miami will take place from January 21 to 24. The festival highlights Miami-based choreographers, movers and filmmakers who are working with dance on camera. ScreenDance Miami is comprised of screenings, panel discussions, workshops and site-specific installations. The festival events will be held at Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami Beach Cinematheque and Mana Wynwood. The January 21 opening event at PAMM will consist of films from Amsterdam's Cinedans, considered the world's premiere festival of screendance.

In February, two residencies by noted spoken word artists will benefit teens in Miami-Dade County high schools with workshops, performances and spoken word slams. From February 1 to 6, Andrea Assaf returns for a 2nd year to head up SpeakOut, Tigertail's LGBTQ spoken word program. Then from February 22 to 27, the WordSpeak program will be led by Houston-based poet Emanuelee "Outspoken" Bean. Each of these artists will perform at The Betsy Hotel, where they will be in residence in the hotel's Writer's Room – Assaf on February 5, Outspoken Bean on the 26th.

Tigertail's WATER festival takes off just prior to April 1 and runs for the entire month. WATER is a month filled with site-specific events and new performance throughout Miami at theaters and un-expected locations. This element – vital for all forms of life, 71% of Earth's surface – gives and takes, creating regeneration and tragedy – tsunamis, hurricanes, droughts and floods, too much or too little. Events in WATER dismantle labels and provide opportunities for audiences and Miami artists of all media to explore a dialogue between artist and participant. 

Below are the featured events among the many to take place during the festival:

During the week of March 28 through April 2, dancer Eiko Otake performs her site-specific solo A Body in Places in locations at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens and Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM). Eiko's solo debut of A Body in Places began through research in 2014 at Fukushima, Japan, the tsunami- and nuclear-inflicted site. Since 1972, Japanese-born choreographer/dancers Eiko & Koma have created a world-wide reputation for their unique and riveting theater of movement out of stillness, shape, light and sound.

As part of the Miami River Commission's 20th annual River Day on Saturday, April 2 at Jose Marti Park, Tigertail will help bring focus to the Miami River and the need to improve and keep our river clean and viable. Tigertail events will include workshops on water, a presentation given by Miccosukee Native Houston Cypress of the Otter clan and a performance of Handel's "Water Music" by musicians on a boat traveling up and down the river.

In a shared evening program at Miami-Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black Box on Friday & Saturday, April 15 & 16, dancer/choreographer Lazaro Godoy performs his Tigertail-commissioned solo, Medaka. Musician and NYC instrument maker Miguel Frasconi performs on WATER-based glass instruments. In Medaka, Lazaro is referencing the Japanese Rice Fish, renowned for its beauty, color, and resilience. Miguel Frasconi has worked closely with composers John Cage, Jon Hassell, James Tenney, Morton Subotnick, and has collaborated with many choreographers, including Alonzo King and modern dance pioneer Anna Halprin.

The WATER festival closes on Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30 Miami-Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black Box with Covalent Bond. In this Tigertail-commissioned work, composer/performer Fast Forward and media artist Barron Sherer connect with music and film, just as oxygen and hydrogen atoms connect with a covalent bond to form WATER. In addition to his solo concerts, New York City-based British-born Fast Forward has produced music and musical events for artists and organizations around the world. He toured extensively as a guest composer and musician for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. As a film archivist and preservationist, Barron Sherer has researched thousands of moving images for award-winning productions including Academy Award nominated films, and recently founded Obsolete Media with artist Kevin Arrow.

Tigertail’s 36th season ends with several public readings by the teens from Tigertail’s WordSpeak team, who will be heading off to the Brave New Voices spoken word festival in Washington, D.C. next July. The dates and venues of the readings will be announced in the spring of 2016.

Season partners and supporters for our 36th season include: Aquarius Press; ArtBurst; The Betsy Hotel; Books & Books; Bresaro Suites; The Children's Trust; Cinedans, City of Coral Gables Cultural Arts Program; City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; Consulate General of the Netherlands; Consulate General of Japan; E.S. Moore Family Foundation; Florida Humanities Council; The Galler Group; Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; Hialeah Park & Racetrack; Inkub8; John S. & James L. Knight Foundation; Love the Everglades; Mad Studios; Mana Wynwood; MiamiArtZine; Miami Beach Botanical Garden; Miami Beach Cinematheque; Miami-Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black Box; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Library; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; The Miami Foundation; Miami River Commission, National LGBTQ Task Force; National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program; National Endowment for the Arts; Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM); PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; Pridelines; Publix Super Markets Charities; Safe Schools South Florida; The Law Office of Linda M. Smith; South Arts; State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; Vizcaya Museum and Gardens; WDNA & WLRN FM; Wells Fargo; William J. and Isobel G. Clarke Foundation and our many private supporters.

Tigertail's 2015/16 Season Schedule of Events
WHO: Jake Shimabukuro
WHAT: Solo Ukulele Concert
LOCATION: Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler, Miami, FL 33135
WHEN: Saturday, November 14, 2015, 8:30pm
TICKETS: $50/$35/$25; buy online www.tigertail.org, or call 305 324 4337

WHAT: Spoken Word Teen Performances
Book Launch and Reading from WordSpeak 2015 book
LOCATION: Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, FL 33134
WHEN: Friday, December 30, 2015, 8:00 pm

WHAT: ScreenDance Miami
LOCATION: Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Miami; Miami Beach Cinematheque, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami
WHEN: Thursday-Sunday, January 21-24, 2016 – full schedule to be released in the fall
TICKETS: At the door on the night of screening

WHO: Andrea Assaf, Spoken Word Poet
WHAT: SpeakOut, LGBTQ teen spoken word project including workshops, slams and performances, and a week residency. Assaf's SpeakOut residency is February 1-5, 2016.
LOCATION: Artist Public Reading/Performance, Friday, February 5, 2016, 8pm, The Betsy Hotel
Teen Slam, Thursday, February 4, 2016, 6pm, Miami Beach Botanical Garden

WHO: Outspoken Bean, Spoken Word Poet
WHAT: WordSpeak, teen spoken word project including workshops, slams and performances, and a week residency by Emanuelee "Outspoken" Bean, a poet, writer and educator. Bean's WordSpeak residency is February 22-26, 2016.
LOCATION: Artist Public Reading/Performance, February 26, 2016, 8pm, The Betsy Hotel
Teen Slam, Thursday, February 25, 2016, 6pm, Miami Beach Botanical Garden

April, 2016, WATER festival, various locations, dates and times:

WHO: Eiko Otake 
WHAT: A Body in Places – Solo, Site-specific Dance (WATER Event) 
LOCATION: Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, 3251 South Miami Ave., Miami, and
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), 1103 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
WHEN: Monday, March 28 through Saturday, April 2, 2016 – specific sites and times TBA 
TICKETS: Free, with museum admission 

WHAT: Miami River Day (WATER Events)
LOCATION: Jose Marti Park, 351 SW 4th Street, Miami, FL – on the Miami River
WHEN: Saturday, April 2, 2016, 1:00 to 6:00pm. Specific Tigertail event schedule TBA

WHO: Lazaro Godoy, dancer / Miguel Frasconi, musician
WHAT: Musical performance followed by solo dance performance of Medaka (WATER Event)
LOCATION: Miami-Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black Box, 2901 W. Flagler, Miami, FL 33135
WHEN: Friday & Saturday, April 15 & 16, 2016, 8:30pm
TICKETS: $50/$25/$20; Buy online www.tigertail.org, or call 305 324 4337

WHO: Fast Forward and Barron Sherer
WHAT: Covalent Bond – Music / Film collaboration (WATER Event)
LOCATION: Miami-Dade County Auditorium On.Stage Black Box, 2901 W. Flagler, Miami, FL 33135
WHEN: Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30, 2016, 8:30pm
TICKETS: $50/$25/$20; Buy online www.tigertail.org, or call 305 324 4337

WHO: Tigertail's WordSpeak team
WHAT: Public readings
WHEN: June, 2016

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