Concert Series

Bassist Dean Taba will perform with other jazz artists. Photo©Dean Taba

Musicians to jam at Doris Duke

By Simplicio Paragas

Pink Mist and Dream Pop may sound like new sugary sodas but neither has anything to do with beverages. They are, however, part of a new concert series that will launch later this month at the Honolulu Museum of Art. “Secret Sound Showcase” and “Last Saturday Roots in Jazz” will feature the talents of local up-and-coming Indie bands, as well as professional jazz musicians.

“The point is to have concerts at a regular time and on a consistent basis,” says Schuyler Tsuda, music programmer for the Doris Duke Theatre, the site of the concerts. “This is an especially good time for local music because the sound is still fresh.”

Coinciding with the museum’s monthly ARTafterDARK party, “Secret Sound Showcase” kicks off Jan. 25, headlined by Clones of the Queen, Pink Mist and Taimane Gardner.  Tickets cost $10.

Clones of the Queen headline Jan. 25 concert.

Abbreviated to “COTQ,” Clones of the Queen is a popular three-member band that specializes in Dream Pop, a musical subgenre of pop and alternative rock. Defined by fusing electronic music and ethereal wave elements, and overlaying the sound with bittersweet melodies, Dream Pop tends to focus on textures and moods rather than propulsive rock riffs, according to Tsuda.

“This type of music has a simple texture but it’s done in a clever way,” Tsuda explains. “It’s more ethereal; it’s good music.”

On Jan 26., two-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award-winning chanteuse Starr Kalahiki will belt out tunes during the debut of  “Last Saturday Roots in Jazz.” Keyboardist Kit Ebersbach, bassist Dean Taba and Spyro Gyra’s Bonny B will join her on stage. An opening reception will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This six-month-long series will present six diverse acts ranging from traditional jazz to modern jazz adaptations. Tickets cost $25 and $20 for museum members. Season tickets are available for $160 and $135 for members.

“I wanted to bring together artists who have a strong foundation in jazz but have taken their music in any number of different directions,” Tsuda notes. “We pay tribute to time-honored musicians like Chuck James, an important figure in the local jazz community and a great educator, and also feature artists who have roots in jazz but are crossing over to different genres and exploring new ground.”

Doris Duke Theatre, 900 Kinau St., between Ward Ave. and Victoria St., 532.8700.

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