Music virtuoso Daniel Ho plays concert
by Jason Salas
Guam - Daniel Ho loves music. This is evident in the multiple Grammys he's won as a composer and of his boundless energy for sharing his passion for songwriting. And for the past few days, he's been sharing this love with island residents - exhibiting his talent, teaching the craft, and sharing his story of how he got started making a career out of his dream.
He told KUAM News, "I started on the organ when I was a kid and in the 2nd grade I picked up the ukulele, and other instruments since then, like piano and guitar and other things. And I came back the ukelele because I had a connection to it as a kid and it's a fun, happy instrument and I take it with me everywhere and practice my skills at the airport, in the car. So it's become a part of me, and I don't want to be without it."
While he's known internationally for his slack-key four-stringed prominence, his style and influences are as diverse as the islands in Pacific. "I bring elements of acoustic pop and a little bit of jazz, and singer/songwriter-type stuff, and a little bit of classical material," he continued. "I'm going to do some slack-key guitar, the traditional Hawaiian-style of guitar playing."
Ho gave a series of free clinics this past weekend at GPO in Tamuning, and is playing a benefit concert tonight that was initially supposed to raise money for the Mt. Carmel Music Academy, but following the tragic events in Japan, Daniel and other organizers thought the funding would best be used to assist our regional neighbors in need
He invites all his new Guamanian friends to join him for a night of wonderful, feel good music for a very good cause.
"We're going to have a good time!", he promised with a smile.