Dennis Kam

Lōkahi

1999 ; Rev.:  2003-06-01   |   c. 9 min

For violin, cello and piano

Lokahi (“unity”), composed in 2003, is a musical homage to my “roots”, having grown up in Hawaii during my youth. It is the first work in which I have consciously tried to represent qualities that are associated with Hawaiian music and culture, many of which can be heard in ancient Hawaiian chants. In particular, the simplicity, beauty, and gracefulness of much Hawaiian music were the primary influences on the nature of musical material and gestures in the work. In general, each instrumental part has distinct material that is introduced separately and gradually. As work unfolds, all parts become more interactive and integrated, participating in a "melting pot" or unified statement

Dennis Kam