Videos from October's Hanz Araki performance in Greensboro, in anticipation of Thursday night

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As Thursday's event gets closer, we get more excited that we get to hear The Hanz Araki Band again, right here in Greensboro!

In anticipation of the event, May 14, 7:30 at Mack and Mack, we thought you'd enjoy seeing a couple of pieces from their October show at The Creative Center. It's a total coincidence that both the tracks selected have stories featuring women and ships. Enjoy!

Learn more and buy your tickets to Thursday's show here! (Deleted link, later.)

Celtic Artist Hanz Araki and Guest Ranford Almond Close Out The Year

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Celtic Artist Hanz Araki and Guest Ranford Almond Close Out The Year

Ranford Almond
Ranford Almond

The Dylanesque style of Ranford Almond, our youngest performer so far, captured the ears, hearts and minds of many in the audience on Friday October 3rd at The Creative Center as The Collabative's last show of 2014 got underway. Ranford presented original songs mixed with some classics that had people singing along in their seats and clapping enthusiastically at the end of each selection. Ranford seems to already know where he wants to go with is music and his original material and choices of cover songs played well to his talent level and skills.

Hanz Araki, Colleen Raney & Cary Novotny
Hanz Araki, Colleen Raney & Cary Novotny

Hanz Araki took the stage after Ranford, along with vocalist / percussionist Colleen Raney and guitarist/ vocalist Cary Novotny and proceeded to transport everyone on a wonderful musical journey through rousing Irish story telling songs like "Valentine O'hara", "My Jolly Roving Tar" and a little ditty"Hanging On To Me Four and Nine" (or something very close to that!), beautiful instrumentals filled with flute and acoustic guitar and the occasional song which showcased Colleen Raney's splendid voice. Hanz was in North Carolina promoting his latest CD "Foreign Shore". Needless to say, the night went long and there were claps, hoots and hollers and of course a plea for an encore, which our personable guests were happy to oblige.

It was a bittersweet moment as the trio took their final bows. The scene is a delightful one of happy faces caught up in conversations around the room, the band selling CD's and greeting guests, the rattle of chairs folding and and plates clanging in the sink, the bustle of activity as our "house" for our shows is dismantled and the room turns back into an art gallery. Those images from that night and every show this year will have to tide us over till?... the next one!

Welcoming Hanz Araki - Celtic Music with A Japanese Twist

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If you are an avid follower of Celtic music and the performers in that world, then the name Hanz Araki may be known to you. if not, let us help get you familiar. Hanz is a world traveled, seasoned performer who has garnered many accolades for his talent on the Shakuhachi (bamboo flute) and more recently, the Penny Whistle (tin whistle) akin to the recorder or Native American flute of which we are most familiar. 

How does one become a master of the Japanese bamboo flute? You could take lessons, or... you could be born into a family steeped in generations of bamboo flute history. Hanz is short for Hanzaburo, the name of his great grandfather who developed the notation used in Shakuhachi - Japanese flute -music today. Hanz studied under his father Tatsuyo kodo Araki, himself a fifth generation master. "KODO" is one of the most important names in Japanese music and is inherited through a tradition of accomplishment. Having taught in the same University as his father and performed many concerts in Japan, the world awaited and Hanz was ready to broaden his horizons.

Returning to his hometown of Seattle Washington, the area where the Irish side of his family put down roots, Hanz joined friends there to put together a band doing Irish and Scottish music, known as The Whyos. His prowess on the Shakuhachi translated nicely to the Penny Whistle, a staple of Celtic music. His transformation into an accomplished penny whistle player, singer and Celtic music expressionist since then has taken him on tours across countries such as the US, Canada, the UK, Spain, Mexico, Brazil and Japan to name a few. And soon... he will be performing his amazing music just for us. Well... we mean YOU of course! The show is October 3. All the details are here.

Here's a little taste of the penny whistle...

Plan on joining us on October 3? Then read more about the event and RSVP here.