Abe Lagrimas Jr.

Foto: Greg Hatton

Abe Lagrimas, Jr. is a musician, composer, educator, and author who plays the drums, vibraphone, ukulele, and studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
In 2012, he competed in the highly prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition and has worked with many different artists such as Eric Marienthal, Eric Reed, Kamasi Washington, Dontae Winslow, Barbara Morrison, Michelle Coltrane, Jake Shimabukuro, Kenny Endo, and continues to be an in-demand session musician in Los Angeles.
As a solo ukulele artist, Abe is a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award (Hawaii Music Award) recipient and has released multiple albums in the United States, Japan, and South Korea. Abe has been featured at ukulele festivals in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Reno, Chicago, New York, and Hawaii. His international performances include Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Philippines, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Great Britain, and toured extensively throughout China having performed in twelve cities.

Abe is also an educator and has authored the first ever ukulele curriculum for instrumental music programs in schools titled “Ukulele Ensemble, Beginning Ukulele – Level 1” published by Consonus Music Institute. His latest book „Jazz Ukulele: Comping, Soloing, Chord Melodies“ (Berklee Press & Hal Leonard) is available in stores worldwide and on Amazon. He is currently endorsed by Canopus Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Vic Firth Drumsticks, Beato Bags, Ko’olau Ukulele, Analysis Plus Cables, Fusion Gig Bags, and Elite Acoustics.

https://www.abelagrimasjr.com

 

 

Opera-lele

„Brilliant!“Eastern Daily Press

The award winning Opera-lele has rapidly established itself as one of the most innovative and exciting new acts in the world. Opera-lele is a crossover act specialisingin singing music from opera and musical theatre accompanied by the emotionally powerful yet understated twang of the ukulele. Having both trained as singers at the Royal College of Music and Goldsmiths College in London, George Bartle and Amanda Hackett have gone on individually to forge careers for themselves as entertainers of the highest calibre.

In 2016, Opera -lele burst onto the music scene with a performance on the Main Stage of the Grand Northern Ukulele Festival. Audiences were stunned and excited by what they saw and heard. They received a standing ovation and were described by many as the surprise hit of the festival.

 

 

Bad Mouse Orchestra

Das Bad Mouse Orchestra versetzt euch zurück in die goldene Swing Ära und lässt den Klang der 1920er Jahre wieder aufleben. Nicht aber wie er von großen Kapellen in den Theatersälen zu hören war, sondern so wie zu Hause, wo man mit ein paar Freunden seine liebsten  Schellackplatten hörte und auf der Ukulele sich den Swingsound live ins eigene Wohnzimmer holte.
Das Bad Mouse Orchestra spielt auch originale Ukulele-Arrangements des virtuosen Roy Smeck, die in dieser Form sonst nur äußerst selten  zu hören sind.

https://www.facebook.com/badmouseorchestra/

ENNÈ

ENNÈ is a Singer||Songcreator||Poet based in Bristol, England. She was born with a high-pitched scream that her family long suspected would develop into a powerful, soulful voice, destined to resonate on the world stage. With one of the most varied vocal ranges around, ENNÈ works to thrill and surprise her audience in equal measure. Her different cultural influences blend together, creating an original mix of Reggae| and Soul which also draws inspiration from the R&B, Jazz & Blues traditions. The elegant melodies of the ukulele add to this quirky performer’s sound, creating a unique Islandy tones and Caribbean beats. Her wonderful presence tends to captivate audiences, bringing them closer to the music, to her and to her wonderful sense of humour. ENNÈ believes that it is this connection that brings such an abundance of energy to her shows. No performance is ever the same – each one is a unique experience to be savoured!

https://www.enne-artist.com

The Muckrackers

Das Duo “The Muckrakers” bringt frischen Wind und neue Energie in die Swing und Jazz Musik der 20er bis 40er Jahre. Mit der rauen Blues Energie und den unverputzten Slap-Bass Riffs von dem englischen Bassisten Jake Smithies (Dead Mans Uke) und dem authentischen Swing-Era Flair der deutschen Sängerin und Ukulelistin Charlotte Pelgen (Bad Mouse Orchestra) werden sowohl originale alte Lieder als auch eigene Kompositionen zu energiereichen und mitreißenden Nummern. Beide Mitglieder versuchen leidenschaftlich dem alten Klang der Musik so nahe wie möglich zu kommen, und ihr trotzdem ein junges und modernes Gesicht zu verleihen.

 

Elisabeth Pfeiffer

Elisabeth Pfeiffer studierte klassische Gitarre in Appleton, WI, USA und an der Hochschule für Musik, Würzburg. Seit 2013 beschäftigt sie sich mit der Ukulele und mittlerweile sind drei Lehrbücher ihrer Buchreihe „Pop- und Rock-Ukulele“ erschienen, in denen sie verschiedene Schlag- und Zupftechniken, sowie Griffbrettkonzepte vermittelt. Auf der Bühne umfasst ihr Repertoire Solo-Arrangements beliebter Lieder aus Pop, Rock und Jazz, Renaissancemusik und Neue Musik.

 

The League of Gentlemen

“ The League of Ukulele Gentlemen are an exciting and dynamic Ukulele trio who strive to show how versatile the instrument is in all genres of music. This year they have been thrilling audiences on the continent and all over the UK with their lively, engaging stage presence and unique style. They have worked to produce their own big, rich sound, which with close vocal harmonies and well thought out arrangements really does create a great show.

Their set will include big rock anthems, delicate classical pieces, foot tapping folk numbers and several of their own compositions all interlaced with some witty banter“

Elke and the Cool Girls

Foto: Janina Wagner

Aus einer Laune heraus wurden schon viele Bands gegründet, aber dass daraus eine Formation wie die Cool Girls entstanden ist – was für ein Glücksfall!
Der Name ist in jedem Fall Programm, denn die Vier spielen ganz cool was ihnen gerade Spaß macht. Ob A Capella im Fifties Style, Disco aus den Seventies, oder Rock, Reggae und Pop aus verschiedenen Jahrzehnten, die Cool Girls lassen ihrer Spielfreude freien Lauf.
Mit Ukulelen, Bass, Kazoo, Percussion und anderen Überraschungsinstrumenten erfreuen sie besonders durch ihre gute Laune und den wunderschönen mehrstimmigen Gesang. Wirklich sehenswert und erfrischend anders, die Cool Girls!