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Great Performances - Jake Shiambukuro Plays At TEDxTokyo

Few people are a better example of what happens when you take your passion, no matter how obscure it may be, and pursue it as far as you can than Jake Shimabukuro.


About a year ago, I watched his YouTube video of his ukulele performance of The Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" - a video that really launched him as an international sensation and as of this writing has topped 7 million views. This morning on Twitter, one of the members of the Music PLN discovered his performance of "In My Life" and I figured it was time to check back in on Jake and see what new performances were out there.


This video comes from the TEDxTokyo conference and it is 22 minutes long. It features Jake talking about his beginnings as a ukulele player in Hawaii, a charming story about playing for the Queen of England, and four performances: a flamenco song entitled "Let's Dance", his redition of Brahm's "Ave Maria", the tune that made made him famous "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", and the song he played for the Queen - "In My Life". In addition to the obvious virtuosic technique, musicality practically drips off of his instrument.


Jake said "I truly believe that the ukulele is the instrument of peace." The top rated comment for this video on YouTube stated "Truly, this man is a favored son of the islands, taking aloha far beyond our seas."

Posted by ★ Owner on January 27, 2011 at 9:20 AM 1896 Views

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