Ukulele Creations is a comprehensive music program, accessory, and t-shirt line
based in Southern California, developed by six-time GRAMMY award winner, Daniel Ho, and Jason Arimoto, Ph.D.
Daniel and Jason met in July 2010 at an 'ukulele festival in Cairns, Australia.
After sharing a 15-hour plane ride halfway around the globe, they realized that they had grown up only a few miles from each other in Honolulu, Hawaii and were currently living only a few miles away from each other in Los Angeles.
Their mutual interest in ‘ukulele and music education inspired their creation of a multi-faceted venture dedicated to "all things 'ukulele" - recordings, books, DVDs, accessories, events, workshops, private lessons.
As a music program, ‘Ukulele Creations classes are designed to teach students how to play and create music on the ‘ukulele. Using the fun and accessibility of the ‘ukulele and the latest innovative educational tools, our classes provide music education in an engaging multimedia format appropriate for students of any level. The curriculum is designed to engage students in playing from the start while seamlessly teaching the music theory behind what they are playing. While learning to play songs, students will utilize a hands-on application of music theory to develop an understanding of music and musical creativity. ‘Ukulele Creations classes are designed to provide the tools to help transition from music playing to music creation.
T-shirts designed by Tina Lo.
About Jason Arimoto
Originally from Hawaii, Los Angeles-based Jason Arimoto, also known on YouTube as “facemeltingukulele,” is a featured artist on the Na Hoku Hanohano Award winning album, Solo ‘Ukulele: The King of Pop and is a two-time winner of the ‘Ukulele Underground Award for Best Vocal Performance of the Year. He has attracted a following for his blues ‘ukulele covers of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” and John Mayer’s “Gravity,” which was featured as one of Jake Shimabukuro’s top picks on the front page of YouTube in 2011. His original music blends his island roots with reggae and blues, with soulful vocals combining with a bluesy ‘ukulele tone. Jason has performed across the U.S. including the Bean Blossom Blues Festival in Indiana and the world famous Viper Room in Hollywood, California as well as internationally at the Cairns ‘Ukulele Festival in Australia. Jason performs weekly at Don the Beachcomber in Huntington Beach, California.
Jason is the lead instructor of ‘Ukulele Creations, a comprehensive music program based in Southern California, developed together with six-time GRAMMY award winner, Daniel Ho. Jason teaches weekly lessons in Huntington Beach and Ventura, California as well as once a month in San Jose, California. ‘Ukulele Creations offers a line of original ‘ukulele products, including their signature PHD ‘ukulele strings, developed by Jason, and endorsed by Daniel Ho.
In addition to his work as a solo artist, Jason is one of the original members of the Los Angeles based reggae/blues/rock band, JMD. Formed in 2008, JMD has attracted a loyal following for their inventive fusion of Bob Marley, Sublime, and Jimi Hendrix using three part harmonies and three instruments: an ‘ukulele, bass and drums. JMD performs weekly at Watermans in Hermosa Beach, California.
Recordings of his original music are available on the JMD EP, a collection of six original reggae/blues/rock compositions; Song Still Remains, a compilation album benefiting the Duchene Foundation for muscular dystrophy featuring performances by members of the popular online forum ‘Ukulele Underground; and Solo ‘Ukulele: The King of Pop, an instrumental album featuring Abe Lagrimas, Jr. and friends, winner of the 2011 Na Hoku Hanohano Award for Extended Play Album of the Year.
About Daniel Ho
From his simple beginnings in Honolulu to his life amid the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Daniel Ho has worked over the years as a musician, producer, singer/songwriter, arranger, composer, engineer, and record company owner. The most compelling of these roles has been as a six-time GRAMMY Award winning producer, featured slack key guitarist, and artist in the "Best Hawaiian Music Album" category.
Daniel’s musical inclinations were apparent at an early age. His first instruments were organ and ‘ukulele, from which he graduated to classical guitar, piano, electric guitar, bass, drums, and eventually, voice. His passion for music led him to study composing, arranging and film scoring at the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles. He began his professional career as the leader, keyboardist, composer, and producer for Kilauea, a contemporary jazz group he formed in 1990. By 1997, Kilauea had released six chart-topping albums, two of which hit the Top 10 on Billboard’s jazz charts.
As momentum of the smooth-jazz genre waned, Daniel set his sights on starting an independent record label. His interests in photography and graphic design complimented the requisite responsibilities of marketing and production. In 1998, he launched Daniel Ho Creations. Slowly, the releases grew into
collaborative projects that featured himeni (Hawaiian hymnody), hula, ‘ukulele, and slack key guitar. To date, Daniel Ho Creations has released over eighty acoustic and Hawaiian-themed CDs by many of Hawai‘i’s most respected artists, who are first and foremost friends. Daniel has received numerous Hawaiian music industry accolades including three Na Hoku Hanohano awards and fifteen Hawai‘i Music Awards.
In recent years, Daniel has been able to remain true to his craft and focus on what he loves most: the music. He is an accomplished singer and songwriter who has shared his music as a soloist throughout the U.S., Japan, Europe, Guam, Taiwan and even Tasmania. He has been featured with the Honolulu Symphony; toured as a keyboardist and guitarist for GRAMMY Award-winning vocalist, Peabo Bryson; guest-lectured at Stanford University; and authored or co-authored nine music books.
On a behind-the-silver-screen note, he performed the Hawaiian-language cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" which can be heard during the end credits of the 2008 feature film, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall."
Daniel is a YAMAHA guitar artist and plays KoAloha and Romero Creations ‘ukuleles.