From left to right: Apirak (Thailand), KYAS (Japan), Abe, Tonkyu (Japan)
Monk Jazz Club - Matsuyama, Japan
Last month, Abe was part of "Ukulele Crazy Sessions Vol. 2", which was a tour in Japan and featured ukulele artists KYAS (Japan), Apirak (Thailand), and Abe (USA). The tour was put together by Asada Atornphatai of Ribbee Boutique Ukulele in Thailand. They performed to full houses in Osaka, Kyoto, Mie, Matsuyama, and Kochi. Abe hopes to return to Asia in 2014 for the Philippine Ukulele Festival and Thailand Ukulele Festival. Special thanks to Koolau Ukulele for their support and fine instruments.
In addition to being a musician, recording artist, educator, composer and arranger, Abe is now a published author. He just completed writing an ukulele book and curriculum for Consonus Music Institute. The course is called Ukulele Ensemble, Beginning Ukulele - Level 1 and is now available for sale. This is the first ever ukulele curriculum and is perfect for the classroom or the individual. The book is made up of 23 lessons and is a supplemental material that goes along with instructional videos online that the student can watch, practice with, and play along to. There are also instructional videos specifically for the teacher to learn enough of the basics to be able to teach the course to their students. Feel free to share the links below to music educators or whoever you believe may be interested in using this course.
Abe would like to thank Jim Guss, Mike Christiansen, Jeremy Nivision, David Roberts, and everyone at Consonus Music Institute for helping him through this process and making it all happen.
Consonus Music Institute - http://cmilearn.org
Purchase the Course - http://cmilearn.org/product/beginning-ukulele-level-1
Washington, D.C. - Congratulations to Abe Lagrimas, Jr. for becoming a semi-finalist in the 2012 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Drums Competition. Twelve drummers from around the world were chosen to perform in front of an all-star panel in jazz's most prestigious competition at the Smithsonian Museum.
Abe Lagrimas, Jr. receives the 2011 Na Hoku Hanahano Awards for Extended Play (EP) Release of the Year for his record “Solo Ukulele: The King of Pop”. This is Abe’s first Hoku award. Congratulations to Chris Salvador, Kalei Gamiao, and Jason Arimoto for all contributing their talents to the album.