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On March 15th 2020, the Mana Music String Quartet played together for the very first time
marking the beginning of a 5 month journey. Prior to that date, musicians from Mana Music
Hawai‘i (MMH) and Hawai‘i International Music Festival (HIMF) were performing together in a
series of events taking place in Hawai‘i. Our brief time together was lengthened when the news
of destruction caused by Covid 19 became apparent, especially on the mainland coastal areas.
Joshua Nakazawa (MMH) who resides on Oahu, offered hospitality to members of HIMF
allowing them to postpone returning to their homes in LA and NYC which were under siege.
Hawai‘i at that point was just starting to issue emergency orders but was a vastly safer place to
be. Now all together in quarantine under the same roof, the group did what came naturally,
playing chamber music!
One of the first pieces we played together was a string quartet that Duane Padilla arranged
based on music written by Queen Lili‘uokalani. Queen Lili‘uokalani was the last sovereign
monarch of the Hawaiian Kingdom. She was overthrown on January 17, 1893 and confined to
her palace room as a prisoner and charged for conspiracy of treason. During this time, she
composed many pieces of music. The feelings of being forced into confinement due to the
pandemic opened a portal into the past, mirroring what the queen might have felt whilst
confined in her Palace. As we were playing, with goose bumps and neck hairs raised, we felt
overcome with an intense connection with the music. With this deeper insight, situated just a
few blocks away from her palace, we played as though we were connected with her emotions.
The magic of our first run-through of the quartet was shared mutually through our glances at
each other on the final note ending the piece. It was clear in that moment that we wanted to
record this music and share the experience.
Virtuoso violinist Eric Silberger is a prize winner of the XIV International Tchaikovsky
Competition known for his “dazzling virtuoso playing” (The Washington Post). He is a cofounder
of the Hawaii International Music Festival which began in 2016.
Born in Taiwan, internationally acclaimed violinist Dr. Mann-Wen Lo has performed throughout
the world in some of the most prestigious venues. Ms. Lo frequently plays with ensembles such
as LA Chamber Orchestra and Pasadena Symphony Orchestra, and is invited as guest artist to
numerous chamber music festivals and concert series throughout the United States.
Violist Duane Padilla is most well known as the swing fiddler in the Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award
winning jazz band Hot Club of Hulaville. He is currently on the music faculty at Punahou Music
School and Chaminade University.
Joshua Nakazawa is a tenured cellist with the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra, holds a guest artist
position with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and collaborates internationally playing solo
and chamber music. He is the founder of Mana Music Hawai‘i.