Ukulele Master Jake Shimabukuro Performs Bohemian Rhapsody on New Album Due January 4
Posted by Michael Mueller on September 23, 2010 at 3:02 PM
Jake Shimabukuro is recognized as one of the world's most exciting and innovative ukulele players and composers. On January 4, 2011, he'll continue to revolutionize the perception of the four-string, two-octave instrument with the release of new album Peace Love Ukulele on Hitchhike Records, distributed through Mailboat Records. "The ukulele," he says, "is the instrument of peace – and if everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a better place."
Standout tracks on Peace Love Ukulele include Shimabukuro's compositions "Go For Broke," a tribute to World War II veterans; "143," from the numeric pager code for "I love you"; the high-octane "Bring Your Adz"; and his versions of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," the only solo ukulele arrangement on the CD (see video below). "Quite a challenge considering I had only 4 strings and 2 octaves to work with!" Shimabukuro says.
Shimabukuro's lightning-fast fingers and revolutionary playing techniques defy categories: he plays rock, blues, funk, classical, bluegrass, folk, flamenco, and jazz, and has performed for the Queen of England and gigantic festival audiences all over the world, and recorded with a diverse range of artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Cyndi Lauper, Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Buffett and Bela Fleck. For more, visit www.jakeshimabukuro.com.