- Organizer: A/P/A Institute at NYU
- Venue: NYU Cantor Film Center, Theater 200
36 E. 8th Street
New York, NY 10003 US
Please note the new location (Theater 200). Reservations have closed, we will accommodate walk-ins if possible. Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings is a compelling portrait of an inspiring and inventive musician whose virtuoso skills on the ukulele have transformed all previous notions of the instrument’s potential. Through intimate conversations with Shimabukuro, Life on Four Strings reveals the cultural and personal influences that have shaped the man and the musician. On the road from Los Angeles to New York to Japan, the film captures the solitary life on tour: the exhilaration of performance, the wonder of newfound fame, and the loneliness of separation from home and family. Filmmaker Tadashi Nakamura joins us for this special screening and conversation featuring A/P/A Founding Director Jack Tchen and Hālāwai board member Andy Wang. Please note the new location (Theater 200). Additional tickets have just been released, so please RSVP below! Co-sponsored by Hālāwai.
A few short years ago, Los Angeles-based filmmaker Tadashi Nakamura was named one of CNN’s “Young People Who Rock” for being the youngest filmmaker at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival as well as one of the “30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under 30” by the popular website Angry Asian Man. Now the 32 year old, fourth generation Japanese American has completed his first full-length documentary—on internationally acclaimed ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro—slated for national PBS broadcast in early 2013.
Andy Wang is a highly sought after Hawaiian musician who performs weddings, fundraisers, corporate, private and public events in the New York tri-state area. He has studied under Hawaiian slack key guitar masters Keola Beamer, Raymond Kāne, and Ozzie Kotani. Mr. Wang has appeared as a special guest with “Hawaii’s super group” HAPA and twice opened for the legendary Mākaha Sons. In June 2012, he toured with Vicky Holt Takamine’s Pua Ali’i ‘Ilima with performances at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, La Mama Theatre, and Jacob’s Pillow. His music has also been featured by Hawaiian Airlines and national television networks. He is founder of the popular online Hawaiian music community http://www.taropatch.net and a board member of New York based non-profit http://www.halawai.org. When not attired in an aloha shirt, Mr. Wang is an owner at Runnymede Capital Management, an investment firm that manages investment portfolios of insurance companies, Taft-Hartley, pension funds, non-profit/religious organizations, and individuals. For more information, visit http://www.andywangmusic.com.