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ASADI & XYE at Capitol Modern

April 20, 2024
ASADI & XYE at Capitol Modern featuring Taimane Gardner.
Capitol Modern, 250 South Hotel St, Honolulu, HI 96813
6:00PM-9:00PM HST


Shangri La is excited to announce ASADI as Shangri La’s next Artist-in-Residence.

Experience the electrifying collision of creative worlds at Capitol Modern on Saturday, April 20, 2024, from 6-9PM HST. Join us as renowned electronic music producer and Shangri La Artist-in-Residence, ASADI, genre-bending vocalist and lyricist, XYE, and ukulele virtuoso, Taimane Gardner, take the stage for unforgettable full sets. Be among the first to witness the performance of their new original composition, created during the Shangri La Residency and debuting live in Honolulu. Prepare for a mesmerizing fusion of ukulele riffs, Persian trap beats, and inspiring melodic vocals, promising a once-in-a-lifetime performance!

6:00-7:00PM - Taimane
7:00-8:00PM - ASADI & XYE
8:00-9:00PM - ASADI & XYE + Taimane

This event is free and open to all ages. There is no advance ticket purchases for this concert.

About ASADI: ASADI is a Persian American Electronic Music Producer & Performance Artist from Columbus, Ohio. He is known for his unique SWANA influence and impressive performance ability. In the studio, his knowledge of Persian composition uniquely activates a sense of timelessness that the world can resonate with, and his instruments play a strong role in illustrating such emotion. They include the Persian setar, tar, daf, and Italian mandolin. He brings these delicate sounds to life when performed with his drum machine, in which he effortlessly triggers his entire rhythm section completely live on 16 electronic pads.

ASADI’s artistry derived from a lifetime passion in writing songs, first learning piano at the age of 5. In high school, his parents gifted him with a drum pad and some Persian instruments he never knew existed. This flipped a switch and birthed the 10-year voyage to who he is today. From his rise on social media, thousands of hours perfecting his craft live, and the constant desire to create truly extraordinary music, a precious die-hard following has inevitably grown to represent the sound of ASADI Worldwide.

About XYE: Xye emerges as a pioneering figure at the nexus of music and fine art. A luminary in both domains, she seamlessly transitions from the canvas as a gifted still life painter to leaving an indelible mark on VR's most prominent Triple A games, from Stress Level Zero’s “BoneLab” to Ubisoft's next highest anticipated release, announcing April 10, 2024. As a first-generation immigrant of Greek, Russian, and Armenian descent, her music and art reflect the rich tapestry of her heritage, weaving tales of grief, war, love, and the quest for meaning in life. Fueled by a passion to inspire change, provoke thought, and amplify the boundless potential of women, Xye continues to redefine the landscape of music and fine art with what is possible if one dares to dream.

About Taimane Gardner: Virtuoso and songwriter, Taimane, is best known for her fierce and inventive style of playing the ukulele helping the hapa Samoan (part Caucasian and part indigenous Samoan) artist earn four Nā Hōkū Hanohano awards and garner over 50 million video views and nearly 500,000 social media followers to date. Hailing from a musical Polynesian family including her late mother, Palepa Tauiliili Gardner (Miss Samoa 1978), Taimane’s attraction to the four-string island staple began at age 5. By age 10, she regularly performed in public, busking in Waikiki every Friday night with her father holding down security duties and Waikiki Beach Boys (adults whose home & workplace was the beach) serving as her band. By age 13, Taimane landed a position in Don Ho’s show literally playing in the spotlight every week until Ho’s passing. Fast forward to today, and you have an artist who tours the world and has carved out a unique niche in music – merging a wide-array of genres, from Bach to rock, flamenco infernos to tribal hymns, summoning a seemingly limitless palette of emotions via an instrument previously viewed as restricted.

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