Cynthia Kinnunen (Canada)
Cynthia Kinnunen began making music as a child, with myriad musical influences from classical to world music, big band to rock, jazz and punk. Over the years, she has studied piano, flute, bassoon, oboe, voice and ukulele. Passionate about music education throughout our lives, Cynthia provides instruction to students aged 6 – 106. This includes private piano and ukulele lessons, as well as workshops, classes and custom group sessions nationally/internationally. She performs as a solo artist and in a duo (ukulele/bass).
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G.J. Lee is an active and enthusiastic ukulele player who is passionate about sharing his music. Well-known in his home country of Taiwan, his performances are characterized by a richness of emotion and meticulous detail. Not only interested in the ukulele itself, but also the greater world of music, he has arranged many familiar tunes for the ukulele. He plays a variety of music, including classical, folk, animation and film music, and Eastern and Western pop music, among other genres. His goal is to touch people's hearts through music, as he believes music is always an effective way to connect with people. Because the ukulele is conveniently portable and easy to share with friends at any time, G.J. continuously and tirelessly strives for excellence on the ukulele.
David Chen (Taiwan)
The Ukulele – A gift from God
After being an engineer for nearly 10 years, David had lost his passion in work. One day, he prayed to God to give him the job which can give him passion back. One month later, a doctor asked David whether he is interested in doing music therapy. With that job, David was really excited for working with those autisms. Meanwhile he had been looking for the instrument which is easy and can be played and sang. One day, he found ukulele.
"After working with ukulele for a while, I firmly believe that ukulele has the power of healing because it gives kids happiness and confidence. After working as a part-time ukulele teacher and music therapist for one more years, I have decided to quit my engineer job and became as a full time ukulele teacher. After one year, I released my first ukulele tutor book which became the first ukulele book in Taiwan and China. Since then, I was invited to China to promote ukulele.
In order to learn more about ukulele, I have decided to go to Hawaii every year, I attended most of the ukulele activities and also tried to find good ukulele teachers. In March of 2012, I met Kimo Hussey in Hawaii Ukulele Picnic, I was really fascinated by his unique two-finger style."
Ukus in Fabula (Italy)
Ukus in Fabula is the Italian ukulele band playing on the international music scene. It has toured Europe, playing concerts in Lithuania, Germany, Latvia, Czech Republic, Finland, Austria and Scotland.
It has taken part in international festivals and in national TV shows “Si può fare” (Rai), “Italia’s got talent” (Sky), and “XFactor” (Sky).
Thanks to their technical skill and their musical ideas, Ukus in Fabula plays many music genres, from reggae to rock, from country to punk, mixing everything in brilliant mashups. You can always have fun and dance with Ukus in Fabula!
Three expert musicians. They play bass ukulele, tenor ukulele, soprano ukulele, kazoo, footdrum and voice. An explosive mixture of sounds, colors and different personalities makes Ukus in Fabula an eclectic and unique team, which can seem a classic and traditional acoustic trio at the beginning, but at the right moment becomes a powerful rock band, with effects like distortions, and more!
Julkunen´s latest recording ”Ukulele Alakulo” ( 2017) was praised in Great Britain´s most prominent ukulele publishing UKE Magazine. Julkunen has played ukulele in several culture programs at YLE ( Finnish BBC), as a soloist of Lahti Symphony, UMO Jazz Orchestra, London Symphony orchestra, Finnish icon Paula Koivuniemi& roots and friends orchestra, critically acclaimed Finnish movie ”Ikitie”, international television production ”Madventures” and globally known Angry Bird games to name a few. Julkunen is also an experienced and well liked coach. He works at his own ukulele studio (Helsinki Ukulele Studio) and teaches at Sibelius Academy, Finland´s only music University. In addition to Finland Julkunen has worked as a ukulele coach in Great Britain and Belgium.
Just'In Girls & Boys
Ukulelebändi Just'In Girls & Boys sai alkunsa kevättalvella 2017 tyttöjen illanvieton seurauksena. Myöhemmin tulivat mukaan myös pojat.
Bändin jäsenet ovat pitkän linjan musiikin harrastajia, monella on taustaa kuorolaulajina tai kokemusta bändisoitosta. Mahtuupa mukaan yksi ammattimuusikkokin. Ukulelejen, ukebasson ja rytmisoittimien lisäksi bändin jäsenet soittavat mm. kazoota, pyykkilautaa ja melodicaa.
Just'In Girls & Boysien ohjelmisto koostuu pääosin rockklassikoista, välillä käväistään popin ja soulin, bluesin ja discohittienkin puolella. Musiikkia tehdään määrätietoisesti, mutta aina pilke silmäkulmassa, eli "vakavaa hauskanpitoa ukulelet rokaten".