Performers & Instructors
Victoria Vox is a ukulele-innovating award-winning songwriter and performer of engaging chansons tinged with jazz, crossed with pop mixed with folk. Victoria's newly released tenth album, Colorful Heart, is whimsical, eclectic, and full of heart. Victoria's melodic and cleverly written songs may incorporate a loop pedal and bass effect on her ukulele or improvisational solos on her unique "mouth-trumpet," a veritable one-woman band. Victoria's motto, "Have Uke, Will Travel," has taken her all over the world, performing her original music. She has also opened for Jackson Browne, Tom Chapin, Leo Kottke, and Cheryl Wheeler. Originally from Green Bay, WI, Victoria studied at the Berklee College of Music and joins us from Costa Mesa, CA, by way of France, England, Nashville, and Baltimore.
Abe Lagrimas, Jr.
Abe Lagrimas, Jr. is a musician, composer, educator, and author who plays the drums, vibraphone, and ukulele. As a solo ukulele artist, Abe is a Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award (Hawaii Music Award) recipient and has released multiple albums. Abe studied at Berklee College of Music and has worked with artists such as Eric Marienthal, Eric Reed, Kamasi Washington, Dontae Winslow, Barbara Morrison, Michelle Coltrane, Jake Shimabukuro, and Kenny Endo. He has toured internationally. As an educator, Abe has authored Jazz Ukulele: Comping, Soloing, Chord Melodies and the first ukulele ensemble curriculum for school music programs
Gracie Terzian is a singer, songwriter, ukulelist, and actor on stage and screen whose recently released debut EP, Saints and Poets, reflects a "cool, sophisticated surface" of jazz as "a deep-dyed romantic tells her tales of modern love with quiet delicacy and an inborn musicality." A native of the Washington, DC area now living in New York City, Gracie is known in ukulele circles for playing unusual instruments, including the harp-ukulele and electric ukulele. Gracie's songs reveal her as an assured vocalist, singing with a clarity and precision that never obscures her genuine warmth.
The Aloha Boys with Alan Distajo
The Aloha Boys, Glen Hirabayashi and Irv Queja, joined by Alan Distajo, love to kanikapila or play an acoustic down-home, backyard-style Hawai'ian music, a style which includes everything from the very traditional to contemporary songs and styles. Originally from Hawai'i, they joined musical forces in the Washington D.C. area in 1996 while playing music for their children at Halau O 'Aulani, a school of Hawai'ian culture. The Aloha Boys' voices blend in a nahenahe (soft pleasant) style. Their music, performed around the world, brings them and their audience back to a lifestyle that is unique and precious to Hawai'i.