Celebrated by The New York Times as “a gifted vocalist” and by The Los Angeles Times as “one of the important and original new jazz singers of the decade,” Filipino-American recording artist and cultural trailblazer Charmaine Clamor has earned her Queen of Jazzipino crown. Clamor visited Hilo two years ago and now returns to the big island to play one concert only at Honokaa Peoples Theatre on Saturday, October 12 at 8pm.
Charmaine’s musical journey began at age 3, entertaining passengers — whether they liked it or not! — in the back of buses traveling to Manila. Originally from the provincial town of Subic-Zambales, Philippines, young Charmaine provided piano accompaniment while her mother sang kundiman (Filipino torch songs) and English-language classics. These childhood memories inspired Charmaine’s enduring love of American music.
In 2011, while making her sixth-straight appearance at the Philippines International Jazz Festival, Charmaine gave a command performance at Manila’s Malacanang Palace for United States Ambassador Harry Thomas and Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, President of the Philippines. President Aquino joined Charmaine onstage for a once-in-a-lifetime duet and declared her “a genuine source of Pilipino pride.”
In 2010 Charmaine was the only Filipina to appear on the David Byrne/Fatboy Slim concept album, “Here Lies Love” (Nonesuch), about the life of Imelda Marcos. She was joined on the recording by luminaries such as Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos, and Natalie Merchant.
In the liner notes of Something Good(FreeHam), Charmaine’s 4th U.S. album, she declares, “I believe there are two kinds of music: the good stuff, and everything else.” To Charmaine Clamor, the categories don’t matter; the labels are irrelevant. Call her a Filipino-jazz-world-soul-pop-funk-blues singer. Call her the Queen of Jazzipino. When she shares her once-in-a-generation astonishingly expressive voice, genres fade away and beauty takes over. JazzTimes emphasized, “Clamor vocally resembles an amalgam of Nancy Wilson and Lena Horne, a sumptuously elegant blend of silk and satin, trimmed with gutsy self-possession.”
Saturday 10/12 at 8pm, at Honoka’a People’s Theatre. Tickets are general admission, $30 adult and $25 senior or student in advance, with all tickets $35 at the door. Tickets via www.charmaineclamor.com or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800 838 3006 (24/7), or at Tara Patch in Honoka`a. Doors open at 7pm on day of concert.
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