Capitol Modern: The Hawaii State Art Museum

The Vibe

Dec 9, 2022 • 6:00 PM

9:00 PM

Join us on December 9th for the latest installment of The Vibe, a monthly live music series held at the Hawai‘i State Art Museum, in partnership with the Dae Han Ensemble. This month’s featured artists are vocalists Nick Kurosawa, Ana (of MAUVE), and Melissa Diallo, and instrumentalists Reggie Padilla, Travis Oh, and DJ Packo. On the grand lanai, Pau Hana Painters will return, along with food vendors and our bar, sponsored by the Friends of HiSAM.

About the Artists

Analiese Esopenko

Analiese Esopenko (Ana) is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter for indie rock band, MAUVE, based out of Honolulu, HI. The Mauve captures the Americana sound with a unique grit and vulnerability inspired by Phoebe Bridgers, Delta Spirit, and Lord Huron.

Melissa Diallo

Melissa Diallo is a French-Canadian jazz and Soul vocalist from Montreal, Quebec. She has performed in thousands of events while touring Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA over the past 25 years.

Since 2012, Mel has been an active member of the entertainment community in Honolulu. From the beloved Waikiki’s Rock n’ Reception, to other public and private events, she has been sharing her powerful vocals and vibrant energy throughout the State of Hawai‘i.

Reggie Padilla

Reggie Padilla was born and raised in Long Island, NY. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Classical Piano Performance from Long Island University at C.W. Post, and a Master’s Degree in Music Education from New York University.

Throughout his career, Reggie has had the opportunity to study and participate in master classes with Lew Soloff, Phil Woods, Jim Snidero, Doc Severinsen, Marcus Roberts, Billy Taylor, Pete Malinverni, Bob Albanese, Don Friedman, and Martin Wind.

Reggie performs and records around the world on both tenor saxophone and piano. He has a private lesson studio, teaching both saxophone, piano, classical, jazz, theory, and improvisation.

Travis Oh

Travis Oh is a freelance trombonist born in Hawai‘i. His musical journey started at a young age with piano, voice, and guitar lessons. He was introduced to the trombone in middle school and continued his studies at the University Lab School as a classical trombonist. He was awarded a full scholarship to the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where he continued his classical studies while playing withthe Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and Jazz Band.

Since then, Travis has had the privilege to play with world renowned musicians like: Eric Miyashiro, Jimmy Borges, Martha Reeves, Benny Rietveld (Bass Guitarist for Santana), Raiatea Helm, New York artist Rob Scheps, Michael Paulo and more. With his diverse background in musical styles, Travis has performed with such groups as: The Harry James Orchestra by Fred Radke, The Glenn Miller Tribute Orchestra, Honolulu Symphony and Honolulu symphony Pops, and various local artists. In 2020 Travis become an artist for “Butler Trombones.”

Travis continues his music career as an educator, composer, band leader, and guest artist. Travis is currently working on his first album to be released in 2023, “Slide Effects.”


DJ PACKO is a deejay and producer currently working and performing in Hawai‘i. As a practitioner of the turntables, Packo has been a staple in the underground hip hop and electronic dance culture since 1999. Amongst the pool of deejays in today’s society, he’s found his niche as being Hawaii’s most distinguished “scratch artist,” or turntablist, bringing more to the table than just mashing buttons and moving a crowd. Instead, utilizing the ‘tables as an actual instrument, alongside live bands and as a medium for percussive textures, or solo instrumentation.

Packo’s recent explorations into production revisits the art of instrumental storytelling. He runs his own record label, Skratchmore, having several releases over the past few years: “Oneironauta”, “Verses Undefined”, and the “Pocketbook Collection” vinyl series.

Dae Han

Dae Han’s swift, technical style on the drums compliments every situation, from jazz and funk to R&B, reggae, and hip hop. Dae Han is the unsung backbone behind progressive Honolulu acts and international artists. He’s the go-to drummer whenever Japanese rapper Shing02 tours the US and Asia with a full band. In 2019, Takuya Kuroda tapped Dae to organize a band to support the Brooklyn-based trumpeter’s gig at Blue Note Hawaii. Dae also recently teamed up with guitarist Gilbert Batangan and bassist Mark Tanouye to open for Khruangbin. Every year he organizes an always impressive jazz-forward tribute to the late J Dilla.

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