October Update!  

Aloha! I’ve been quiet for a bit and with good reason! Things have been spinning up quickly out here in the islands and the studio is in full swing . . . 
I am currently tidying up a collaboration with St. Louis based jazz guitarist, Matthew Von Doran entitled ‘Wishing Well.’ This particular tune takes a bit of a different direction and I’m really excited to let you all hear it! My rhythm section for this tune is made up of Darryl McEachin on piano (US Air Force Band), Philip Bynoe on bass (Steve Vai Band), and Troy Griffin on drums (Dukes of Surf, US Air Force Band). These guys are all killer and I’m so humbled to be able to work with them.
 
Whilst doing some tidying, I’m also kicking off another collaboration with my guitar buddy, Jennifer Batten (ex-guitarist for Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck)! I will release a few more details later on but we are working on something a tad different than our last project together (The Melting Pot) and I think you guys will really dig it! I’m still putting together the group for this recording but I do know for sure that Troy Griffin is returning for it. So awesome to have him on board!
 
Last but not least, December is quickly approaching and if one wishes to do a Christmas album . . . then you have to face the dire facts that Xmas will be ringing in your ears much earlier than normal. Not all Christmas music has to be annoying and in fact, a good friend of mine, Eric Barfield, contacted me recently about the prospect of collaborating for a Christmas record. Since I haven’t ever really put out any Christmas tunes, and because I love working with Eric, I figured it would be a lot of fun and to go forward with the idea. So at the moment, I am up to my eyeballs in Christmas arrangements and balancing that with all of the projects already mentioned. Loco! More info to come on this album . . . might even release a teaser at some point.
 
Well, that should do it! I can’t wait to put out some new stuff for all of you! Thank you so much for your continued support!
 
Cheers,
 
AK
 

1 Comment

  • Darryl M

    Darryl M Honolulu, HI

    Good stuff man!! Keep up the great work!!
    Good stuff man!! Keep up the great work!!