Jake Shimabukuro streams live on Kahilu.TV Jan. 23

  • Jake Shimabukuro. (Courtesy Photo/Kahilu.TV)

  • (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

  • (Courtesy photo/Special to West Hawaii Today)

Hawaii’s most famous ukelele virtuoso will stream live on Kahilu.TV next weekend and chat live with fans.

“Jake Shimabukuro LIVE,” streaming at 4 p.m. Jan. 23, features the Japanese-American ukulele virtuoso and composer known for his fast and complex finger work. His music combines elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, classical, folk, and flamenco. Shimabukuro has written numerous original compositions, including the entire soundtracks to two Japanese films, “Hula Girls” (2007) and “Saidoweizu” (2009), the Japanese remake of “Sideways.”

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Well-known in Hawaii and Japan during his early solo career in the early 2000s, Shimabukuro became famous internationally in 2006 when a video of his rendition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was posted on YouTube without his knowledge and went viral. His concert engagements, collaborations with well-known musicians, media appearances, and music production have snowballed since then.

In 2012, an award-winning documentary was released tracking his life, career, and music, titled “Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings.” It has screened in a variety of festivals, aired repeatedly on PBS, and been released on DVD.

Following the performance, Shimabukuro will chat live with attendees, exclusively on Kahilu.TV. Individual tickets for this show, which are good for an entire household, are $19.99 and available at Kahilu.TV.

This concert is sponsored by Clive &Carol Davies, Laurie &Jack Goldstein, The Kirk-Landry Ohana, Bob &Nancy Male, Ron Meyer &Suli Go, Michael Thompson, and Friends of Kahilu.

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Info: Kahilu.TV.

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