"Ki ho 'alu (Loosen the Key) - KEOLA BEAMER" - 2007 Emmy Award Winner!
Rises from Hawaii for the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival.
This journey with slack-key guitarist Keola Beamer is both a musical and a spiritual treat. Beamer's playing is nothing short of amazing -- and that playing is captured, in compelling style, against the beautiful backdrop of Hawaii and Hawaiian culture.
- Norman Provizer -
Jazz critic, Rocky Mountain News, Denver - About, Kiho'alu -- Loosen the Key.
(Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii) - Like an inspired west-rising sun, this independent, feature length, video documentary explores the unusually hypnotic stylings of Hawaiian slack key guitar. Not just any slack key guitar, though - the sound and soul of one of the world's recognized Masters, Keola Beamer.
From a musical family that pre-dates Western contact, Keola secures his ancient roots while melding them with modern sound. Career highlights are daunting. Included in those is Hawaii's unmatched, best-selling recording, "Honolulu City Lights", which he penned and recorded in 1978. And Keola has matured to what is now considered the apex of his musical career. As Willie Nelson plainly states in the doc, "Keola's style is the best slack key that there is on the planet."