Raised on Maui, Willie Kahaiali‘i (a.k.a. Willie K) has been entertaining audiences with his music since the age of 10. He has evolved into an eclectic and charismatic singer, songwriter, entertainer, and now actor. One of Hawaii’s most versatile talents, Willie performs a myriad of musical genres, including Hawaiian, Jazz, Blues, Reggae, Rock, Country Western, and even Opera. He has played with or opened for musical giants, such as B.B. King, Santana, AI DiMeola, Willie Nelson, Prince, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Elvin Bishop, Bonnie Rait, Jackson Browne, Mick Fleetwood, George Benson, Jimmy Buffett and more. In 2009 he toured Germany with Simply Red, and in 2013 held his first Blues Festival in Maui featuring Elvin Bishop, Angela Strehli, and Steven Tyler.
Willie released his first CD, “Kahaiali’i” in 1992 and has since earned multiple Na Hoku Hanohano awards for his many CD recordings and was also a Grammy Music Awards nominee. His latest CD “Warehouse Blues” was finally released in October 2011. The long-awaited Blues album, full of all original songs won Rock Album of the Year at this year’s Na Hoku Hanohano Awards. Willie’s latest CD recorded in Berlin Germany, was released February 2013 and has hit the airwaves with popular tunes “With or Without You”, “Have I Told You” and “Sarah Smile”, all with an ukulele twist, hence the name “Twisted Ukulele”. Some of Willie’s other activities include his annual Celebrity Golf Tournament, now in its 10th year, that benefits the Maui Memorial Medical Center’s Oncology Department to assist patients with hardships. He has also started his movie career in 2009 acting in “You May Not Kiss the Bride”, as well as another film shot in 2010 called, “Get A Job” that has won numerous awards at Film Festivals across the US and worldwide.
Mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin has received high praise from The New York Times chief classical music critic Anthony Tommasini, who wrote that she possesses “compelling artistry," “communicative power,” and that her voice displays “earthy, rich, and poignant qualities.” Los Angeles Times special critic Josef Woodard has lauded Rubin’s “charismatic, multi-textured performance,” stating that Laurie Rubin “seems to have an especially acute intuition about the power and subtleties of sound and she was a compelling force at the center of the music.”
Rubin’s recent career highlights include her United Kingdom solo recital debut at Wigmore Hall in London as well as her solo recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. As a soloist she has performed Berlioz’ Les Nuits d’été with the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor with the Yale Symphony Orchestra, Haydn’s Harmonie Mass with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, a benefit concert of duets with opera star Frederica von Stade, Barber’s Knoxville, Summer of 1915 under the baton of John Williams, a benefit performance with Marvin Hamlisch, as well as in concert at The White House and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.
Ms. Rubin has performed a number of operatic roles, including the title role in Rossini’s La Cenerentola, the lead role of Karen in Gordon Beeferman’s The Rat Land at New York City Opera’s VOX Festival, and Penelope in Monteverdi’s The Return of Ulyssesat the Greenwich Music Festival. Ms. Rubin has also performed concerts of new music with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She has collaborated with and premiered works by composers John Harbison, Gabriela Lena Frank, Keeril Makan, Bruce Adolphe, Noam Sivan and Gordon Beeferman.
Download Laurie’s complete biography (PDF Format)