Pure. Natural. This music moves us as surely as a plant grows.
In an inspired pairing, shakuhachi grand master Riley Lee and slack key guitarist Jeff Peterson take us on an evocative journey through the most areas of an unforgettable island, Maui.
Recalling the tones of an ancient Hawaiian nose flute, the tranquil clarity of the shakuhachi permeates every piece. Interwoven with intricate slack key stylings, this is music to come home to, music you will carry with you in your heart and memory.
The second release by world-renowned shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) grand master, Riley Lee (of Hawai`i and Australia) and Maui born guitarist Jeff Peterson. Lee, with nearly 50 albums to his credit, tours the world eight months out of the year, performing and lecturing, while Peterson, Hawai‘i’s rising star,continues to teach music and is in demand not only on O`ahu, but abroad. “Bamboo Slack Key,” the pairs latest offering, takes us on a musical journey to the most remote areas of an unforgettable island – Maui. Peterson, a prolific composer, has drawn much inspiration from the beauty of the island and has composed eight selections reflecting his experiences there. He collaborated with Lee to give us three more pieces. A hauntingly beautiful arrangement of Johnny Almeida’s “Kanaka Waiwai” completes the journey; and a narrative about the places mentioned in song completes the package.
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin said of Lee and Peterson: “…The duo is clearly taking Hawaiian music in a fresh and imaginative direction that has worldwide appeal…”