Do It! Charmaine Clamor, Escher String Quartet, Makahiki

Oct. 11, 2013 | 0 Comments In the Star-Advertiser Friday Print Edition
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Charmaine Clamor and guest Abe Lagrimas Jr. join for a concert at LCC

The soulful and sultry Charmaine Clamor, known as the Queen of Jazzipino, returns to Hawaii tonight for a concert at Leeward Community College, with special guest Abe Lagrimas Jr.

Clamor, who performed on Maui on Thursday and visits Hawaii island and Kauai this weekend, is in the islands during Filipino American History Month, and the significance of that is not lost on her.

“There’s a lot of Filipino-American history in Hawaii, so I’m really, really excited to be celebrating Filipino American History Month on four different islands,” said Clamor, who last performed on Oahu and Hawaii two years ago. “What a beautiful work I have.”

Growing up in the Philippines, Clamor developed a love of jazz because her parents were huge fans (“That’s the kind of music I would wake up to,” she recalled). When she immigrated to the United States as a teenager, jazz was a way for her to adjust to life in a new country. Now jazz has taken the California-based singer to all corners of the country and around the world.

In May she headlined the Maailma Kylassa World Village Festival in Finland, an experience that she said has stayed with her.

“It blew my mind,” Clamor said, noting that “social justice” was the theme of the two-day festival, which attracted 85,000 visitors. “It was so huge, yet it was free to the community. It made such a huge impact for me — it is possible to give something of that quality to the people.”

On online comment sections and message boards, fans have clamored for Clamor to perform duets with stars such as Michael Buble and Harry Connick Jr. While that would be a treat, Clamor said the one person she would love to sing with is not a superstar, but relatively “new cat” Gregory Porter, a singer-songwriter out of Los Angeles.

“I admire his songwriting and his lyrics,” Clamor said. “He’s a very soulful, groovy jazz singer.”

Tonight’s show will be a sort of college homecoming for Lagrimas, Clamor’s musical director. He took a psychology class at LCC during the 2002 summer session after his first year at Boston’s Berklee College of Music.

Lagrimas, who hasn’t performed at LCC since he was a member of the Waipahu High School Jazz Ensemble, will play drums as well as ukulele. He will also have a special feature for his home crowd.

“This is a special performance because LCC is one of the few performance venues close to Waipahu, where I grew up,” Lagrimas said via email from Mongolia, where he and his group, Abe Lagrimas Jr. and the Latin Jazz All-Stars, performed at the Giant Steppes International Jazz Festival.

“I hope to have all my friends and family come out and support me for this concert.”

Where: Leeward Community College; 96-045 Ala Ike St., Pearl City
When: 8 p.m. today
Cost: $12-$27
Info:, 455-0380

Stefanie Nakasone

String quartet to mark composer’s centenary
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The Escher String Quartet, which performs Saturday at the Honolulu Museum, got its name from Dutch artist M.C. Escher, drawing inspiration from his method of “interplay between individual components working together to form a whole.”

The group originally came together in 2005 and immediately started making waves. They were invited by both Pinchas Zukerman and Itzhak Perlman to be featured performers at summer festivals, and have since been actively championed by the Emerson String Quartet. They’ve had a few personnel changes in recent years, with original members Adam Barnett-Hart, left, on violin and Pierre Lapointe, right, being joined by violinist Aaron Boyd and cellist Dane Johanson in 2011. The acclaim has continued, with The New York Times praising their “tight ensemble.”

For the Honolulu concert, the quartet will celebrate the 100th birthday of the great English composer Benjamin Britten, a seminal figure in 20th-century classical music, performing his second string quartet and his arrangement of Henry Purcell’s “Chacony.” Also on the program is Beethoven’s expansive A-minor quartet.

Where: Honolulu Museum of Art
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Cost: $48
Info: 532-8768

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Waimea Valley festival celebrates Makahiki season
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Waimea Valley celebrates the ancient Hawaiian season of peace, harvest and games with its Makahiki Festival this weekend.

Guests are invited to participate in traditional Hawaiian games including ulu maika (disc throwing), moa pahee (dart sliding), konane (a checkerslike game), oo ihe (spear throwing), pa uma (hand wrestling), kulakulai (chest pushing), kukini (foot racing) and hukihuki (tug of war).

Using a new holua crafted by Tom “Pohaku” Stone, there will be demonstrations on how the sleds were used. The fast and sometimes dangerous sport requires great upper-body strength and balance, with a person lying down face-first on the long, narrow sled and guiding it down the meadow hillside. Alii would challenge each another on holua down courses bordering jagged lava fields to demonstrate their bravery and right to lead, sometimes never reaching the finish line.

Several hula halau and pa lua (Hawaiian school of martial arts) will perform. In addition, there will be storytelling, lomilomi specialists, native plant sales, feather lei makers, pohaku shapers, kapa makers, Hawaiian weapons artisans and jewelers.

Where: Waimea Valley, 59-864 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa
When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Cost: $5 ($10 for families up to 10)
Info: 638-7766,

Enjoy an earful of irreverence with Dan Band
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Remember the wedding singer in the comedy films “Old School” and “The Hangover”? You know, the guy serenading the bride and groom with an F-bomb-filled rendition of “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and a slow-dance version of “Candy Shop” (which, if you are unfamiliar with the works of rapper 50 Cent, is one of the most overtly sexual songs ever).

That was actor-comedian Dan Finnerty, and he’s bringing his cult sensation The Dan Band to The Republik for a show that promises lots of profanity and hilarity.

Besides the swearing, part of what makes The Dan Band’s movie appearances memorable is how its song selections are totally inappropriate. Imagine being a 13-year-old girl having Roberta Flack’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love” sung to you at your bat mitzvah, as Finnerty did in “Starsky & Hutch.” Hopefully, The Dan Band can replicate that embarrassment onstage at The Republik.

Where: The Republik, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd.
When: 8 p.m. Thursday
Cost: $29-$39
Info: 855-235-2867,


Pianist Shawn Livingston Moseley takes the Doris Duke Theatre stage with Stephen Inglis and Erika Elona, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; $20-$45,

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