Called “Hawaii’s greatest contemporary musical ambassador” by Ukulele Magazine, six-time GRAMMY Award winner Daniel Ho is a breathtaking performer on ʻukulele and a myriad of other instruments, including slack key guitar and piano.
He began his professional career in 1990 when he formed the contemporary jazz ensemble Kilauea, serving as the group’s keyboardist, composer and producer. By 1997, Kilauea had released six albums, two of which made it to Top 10 on the Billboard jazz charts. In 1998 he started his own label, Daniel Ho Creations, which has released more than 80 albums by many of Hawaii’s most prominent artists.
Daniel’s prolific discography includes ʻikena, an album of original music with Tia Carrere, which won the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Hawaiian Album, and his Grammy nominated album of solo ‘ukulele compositions, Pōlani (Pure). His collaborations transcend genres from traditional and contemporary Hawaiian to world music with Taiwanese aboriginals and Mongolian nomads.
Daniel has guest-lectured at universities globally and, previously, here at Stanford; authored music books; toured as a clinician for Yamaha Guitars and designed ‘ukuleles with renowned luthier Pepe Romero. Currently, Daniel's Spalted Mango Tiny Tenor ‘ukulele is on display at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
Daniel will be accompanied by Randy Drake on percussion, and recent Stanford graduate Danna Xue (B.S. & M.S., ‘21) on cello.
Co-presented by Stanford Live and San Jose Jazz