Led Zeppelin and Don Ho. Gentle Hawaiian music standards stretched out with 10-minute long virtuoso licks on a ukulele. A young Polynesian woman who, at the tender age of 20, has performed before audiences for 15 years.
How hard is it to define Taimane Gardner? Don’t try.
Tai, as she’s known to her growing legion of fans in Hawaii and around the Pacific, can’t be defined by genre or gender. An old pro at a young age, she’d be happy to be called an accomplished performer.
With two albums, Taimane is redefining the possibilities of Hawaiian music and the ukulele. Like local boy Jake Shimabukuro, the breakthrough ukulele sensation who has appeared on national television in the U.S. and Japan, Tai Gardner is re-conceptualizing the ukulele. (more…)