Listen: Ukulele Virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro on His Instrument, His Concerto and His Upcoming Album

Aug 13, 2015

Jake Shimabukuro has taken his instrument, the ukulele, to a level of virtuosity that is sometimes astounding.

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He is starting a tour to support his upcoming album "Travels," which will be released on October 9th, 2015 and he will make a stop at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo on Saturday, August 15th.

In this conversation with Marisa Waddell, Shimabukuro previews some of the songs from his forthcoming release, talks about the world premiere in June of a classical concerto written for him by Dr. Byron Yasui, and reflects on his process of writing and arranging, and on the beauty of his instrument.