LIHU‘E — “He is a freak of nature and plays like he’s the Beethoven of the hammered dulcimer.”
That’s how Garrett Dutton (aka G. Love), frontman of the band G. Love & Special Sauce, described Jamie Janover, performing Saturday at Cafe Portofino in Lihu‘e.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio once said of Janover. “A very great musician.”
Janover is recognized as a true innovator — a master of the ancient percussion stringed instrument called the hammered dulcimer, inventor of an instrument he dubbed the “mini-kit” (an amplified drum kit), a player of pyrocussion (fire drums) and creator of the RealmsMobile, a tricycle that enables him
to ride and play drums simultaneously, according to his website.
“Combining the innovations of modern technology with the wisdom of ancient instruments, Janover is making music that has never even been possible until very recently, achieving a creative balance between the acoustic and the electronic to create a unified field: Music reflective of the polarized nature of modern times,” states his website.
Janover — who is known to jump between the hammed dulcimer and a variety of other bizarre instruments, including the sitar and kalimba — will be accompanied Saturday by Leslie Sunshine (more commonly known by her stage name ReSUNator), who will provide both her beautiful voice and talents on the 12-string guitar, keyboard and tenor saxophone.
Opening the Janover feat. ReSUNator show is Kaua‘i’s own Elijah and the Band of Light. The music begins at 10 p.m. and tickets for this 21-and-over event cost $13 at the door.
Over the years, Janover has alternated between a number of acts including LYNX & Janover, ZILLA (with Michael
Travis and Aaron Holstein), PRAANG (with EOTO and Steve Kimock) and The Everyone Orchestra. In just the last two years, he has performed at more than 50 festivals in countries including Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, Indonesia, Australia and Canada, according to his biography.
“When not playing music, you can find Janover connecting dots around the world in his extensive travels and collaborations in multiple creative realms including creating stunning images as a professional photographer, sculpture works using natural found objects and being an emissary for scientist Nassim Haramein of The Resonance Project, delivering fascinating presentations on the physics of unified field theory,” states his biography.
In fact, Janover will be teaching a full weekend seminar with Haramein called The Delegate Program Jan. 25 through 27 at the Aston Aloha Beach Hotel in Kapa‘a.
For more information about Jamie Janover visit www.jamiejanover.com. For additional concert information, call 635-5556.