BUY THE ALBUM HERE: http://www.digstation.com/AlbumDetails.aspx?albumID=ALB000055629 Kī hōʻ alu (slack key) is one of the great guitar traditions of modern Hawaiian culture and the world.. Noted for nahenahe (relaxing) fingerstyle playing and numerous alternate tunings, its origins start with the the vaqueros (Mexican cowboys) who introduced guitars to the Hawaiian people in the late 19th century. Although the technique of playing, along with the intricacy of harmony and the incorporation of traditional Hawaiian melodies into instrumental arrangements has been a hallmark of Kī Hōʻaluʻs evolution. Traditionally, slack key has been a dancing partner to the stories that give a voice to the songs. From the ancient tales of their ancestors to the changing and turbulent times of the 20th
S&S Na Po Makole- The Night Rainbows Released 2008 [kml_flashembed movie=”http://stepheninglis.com/siplayer/sands/siplayer.swf” base=”http://stepheninglis.com/siplayer/sands/config.xml” /] Music, the true preservation of time, invigorates culture and tells stories of old to bring new understanding of cultural change. The compositions embodied on this album are written to explore the very essence of what music from Hawai?i is now, and will continue to evolve to. Blending traditional elements of Slack Key Guitar and Classical Piano, these compositions are a departure from learned tradition, however are written in honor of it. Inspired by the ?aina that nurtured us both as we grew as people and artist, these compositions are dedicated to the memories of our
Aloha Mai Kakou. After living away for 3 years, my love and gratitude for the land of my birth grew in profound ways. Upon returning, I have a new understanding and set of "eyes" for our blessed ‘Aina. Celebrating this, I have put together a collection of traditional and original mele honoring my island home of O‘ahu. Pomaikai‘ no Kakou ke noho ma Hawai‘i Nei! - Stephen Inglis
Driftwood shines with acoustic radiance and the heart of a native son. On his second solo set release of mostly originals, Honolulu-born Stephen Inglis crosses styles and an ocean back to his homeland shores of Hawai‘i. Steve blends his signature folk-rock tapestries, drifting deeply into Hawaiian traditionals and slack key.