Monday, October 22, 2012

Show for Oct 21, 2012. Ukulele Hero, Mariachi Magic.

Two new movies pay tribute to musical instruments and/or traditions that haven’t always gotten their due in mainstream USA. In part one, Tad Nakamura, director of Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings. It’s a moving portrait of the musician who’s taken the ukulele—sometimes wrongly dissed as a novelty instrument—to virtuosic heights. In part two, Tom Gustafson, director of Mariachi Gringo, the tale of a young man from the midwest who falls in love with Mexico and devotes himself to mariachi music. Lead actor Shawn Ashmore devoted himself to the music too, going to school on vihuela.

 
(L) Jake Shimabukuro and Tad Nakamura, director of Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings;
(R) Mexican diva Lila Downs and Shawn Ashmore (with vihuela) in Mariachi Gringo. Both movies are part of the Pacific Rim Film Festival.

You can download the MP3 here (if using a Mac, control-click the link and choose “Save Link As…” If using a PC, right-click and choose Save Target As…”)