Ukulele Dance (Mountain Apple Company, 2012)
The ukulele scene keeps producing impressive virtuoso musicians. Taimane is one of the latest discoveries. She showcases her admirable technique in a new album titled Ukulele Dance.
Taimane (whose name means “diamond” in Samoan) grew up in Hawaii. She is an eclectic musician, as other ukulele performers. Her repertory includes classical music, jazz, covers of rock music hits and even flamenco. On Ukulele Dance , Taimane presents her own material as well as Bach’s “Tocatta,” Lalo Schifrin’s “Mission Impossible Theme,” and pieces she wrote for the planet Neptune and the Moon, as part of her series on the solar system.
Her style ranges from gentle finger-picking and strumming to rapid fire playing. The gifted young musician received classes from renowned ukulele performers Roy Sakuma and Jake Shimabukuro. Previous albums include 2005’s Loco Princess and Live in Hawaii.
Ukulele Dance is a remarkable album by one of the rising talents in ukulele music.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.