COURTESY SHAWN LIVINGSTON MOSELEY
Shawn Livingston Moseley will play Saturday at the 'Aumakua Music Festival.
Almost a year ago, Shawn Livingston Moseley played a fundraiser to simultaneously support both his piano-laden solo album, "The Storm before the Calm," and his music label 'Aumakua Records.
'Aumakua Music Festival
With Kalae Miles, Stephen Inglis, Shawn Livingston Moseley, S and S, Millicent Cummings, Evasive Species and special guest Cindy Combs. All proceeds benefit the 'Aumakua Music Project.
Time: 7 p.m. Saturday
Place: Richard T. Mamiya Theater, 3142 Waialae Ave.
Tickets: $22.50 or $25 at the door
Call: 550-8457 or visit www.honoluluboxoffice.com
Saturday, a handful of artists who have since signed on to Moseley's record label are set to follow his lead.
Those artists will accompany Moseley on the label's first annual benefit concert, the 'Aumakua Music Festival. The fundraiser will support the 'Aumakua Music Project, a nonprofit organized by Moseley to assist independent recording artists in Hawaii. A division of the nonprofit organization the Forward Foundation, AMP lends support with recording costs.
"Everyone has heard of 'starving artists,'" said Moseley. "Musicians are no different."
The lineup includes Kalae Miles, Stephen Inglis, S and S, Millicent Cummings, Evasive Species and special guest Cindy Combs. Moseley will open the show, with slam poet Kealoha serving as host.
With musical tastes ranging from alternative to neoclassical, the artists representing Moseley's label Saturday are a diverse lot. Miles, a classically trained opera singer, most recently wrapped up "Ho'opono," a piano record containing both traditional and contemporary Hawaiian arrangements. Jeff Peterson also joins in on the album, playing guitar in a guest spot.
The festival will also appeal to fans of film. Two short films accompanied by live music will be shown: "Throw Down the Keys," the winner of the "Showdown in Chinatown" film contest, will be scored by Moseley; and cinematographer Ziggy Livnet's "For the Sea" will be accompanied by S and S.
Additionally, artwork by Bryce Nimitz-Myers, John Driscoll and Paul Nash will be on view. An 18-foot-long mural by Nimitz-Myers depicts early Hawaiians at sea; sculptures and pottery by Nash and Driscoll, respectively, will be on hand; and Jason Silverstein offers up contemporary floral arrangements.
Proceeds are to be divided between future AMP projects and a building fund for a future recording studio in Honolulu.
Through AMP, artists also are mentored in preproduction work, said Moseley.
"We help make the new artist's record," said Moseley, a producer and engineer. "They do not have to be signed to 'Aumakua Records, and they do not automatically become signed to the label after they've finished recording."
Rather, artists would keep the master recordings to build up an "artist's portfolio or catalog."