Traditional Hawaiian slack key artist and vocalist. (Singer/Songwriter) One of the most prolific songwriters in Hawaii. Rich velvety baritone voice and a bright happy style of playing, reminiscent of what we love most about Hawaiian music. He was a member of the group called Sons Of Hawaii.
Jeff Peterson is a slack key guitar player from Maui, Hawaii. The son of a paniolo at Haleakala Ranch, Jeff was exposed to the sounds of slack key at an early age.
Jeff's style fuses traditional Slack Key with elements of classical and jazz guitar, at which styles he is also adept. Jeff studied classical guitar at USC before returning to the islands to play and teach in the Honolulu area.
"The sound of acoustic and classical guitars has been a life-long obsession of mine", says 47th Grammy Award Winner Charles Michael Brotman. "There are magical moments when all the right components come together - a beautiful acoustic guitar, a great guitarist, the right room..."
A protégé of the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar legends, including Bobby Moderow & the late master Uncle Sonny Chillingworth, Makana has dedicated his life to perpetuating as well as evolving the traditional Hawaiian art form of Slack Key or "Ki Ho’alu".
Lena Machado was known as "Hawai`i's Songbird". She was a composer, entertainer and an acclaimed singer whose Hawaiian-style soprano-falsetto performances moved her to dominance in the 1930s and 1940s, often referred to as "the Golden Age" of Hawaiian music.
Leonard Kwan (1931-2000) was one of the most influential Hawaiian slack-key guitarists to emerge in the period immediately preceding the Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance of the 1970s. He made the first LP of slack key instrumentals, co-wrote the second slack key instruction book, and composed a number of pieces that have become part of the standard repertory.
"Ozzie Kotani is one of the great Hawaiian slack key guitarists. He is also one of the leading educators of slack key, having taught courses at the University of Hawaii, and sharing through private lessons and workshops. Ozzie continually explores new ways of teaching and bringing slack key guitar to the public."