Sunday, April 03, 2005

Diane Rubio

Meet Diane Rubio (seen at left with Lyle Ritz).

Diane, we bow before thee:

"Diane Rubio is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist with a degree in Music from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has studied cello with Joan Jeanrenaud of the Kronos Quartet; I-Bei Lin of Trio Xia; and Gregory Dubay, principal cellist of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. She has recently ventured into non-Classical genres, performing with the likes of Makana, Hawaii's premiere Ki Ho'alu (slack-key) guitarist; Bill “the Duke of Uke” Tapia, 96-year-old jazz musician and ‘Ukulele Hall of Fame inductee; Lori Ohtani’s (of Iona) BUTOH dance troupe; and the retro-Hawaii band, The Essential Resophonics (under the Mountain Apple label). She has opened on cello for the Russian cellist and former model, Nina Kotova, and has played ‘ukulele alongside the Brazillian guitarists Carlos Barbosa-Lima and Carlos Bendfeldt. She is an honorary member of the ‘Ukulele Guild of Hawaii, and is a repeat guest artist for the annual ‘Ukulele Guild of Hawaii Festivals. Diane’s latest project is a performance at Hawaii Theatre co-headlined by Makana and Jason Mraz."

"Diane and John [Cannizzaro] are currently performing American standards with a Hawaiian influence (jazz ‘ukulele) in the styles of Frank Sinatra, Etta James, Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole, and Harry Connick Jr. They also have several Hawaiian pieces in their repertoire."


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