NEW HI ARTS LAB PRESENTS THE DEBUT OF Dichterliebe - A Descent into Love

Updated: Jul 26, 2020

Honolulu, HI, October 02, 2019 — New Honolulu-based performing arts company, HI Arts Lab, is proud to debut its first production, Dichterliebe - A Descent into Love, on October 18-20, 2019 at Entrepreneurs Sandbox located in Kaka‘ako. Showtime is from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. General admission tickets range from $10 to $25 and go up to $55 for opening night ticket which also includes a V.I.P. reception with the cast after the performance.

A story of heartbreak, Dichterliebe – A Descent into Love, is a classical “song cycle” (a story told through multiple songs). Composed in 1840 by Robert Schumann, the HI Arts Lab production will put a modern twist on it as it will be performed in both English and German by Jamie Offenbach and Maika‘i Nash, along with movement artist, Marcus Quiniones; and juxtaposed with a female point of view sung in Hawaiian by Pomaikaʻi Lyman. To create Lyman’s Hawaiian responses, HI Arts Lab commissioned four brand new songs from lyricist and poet, Anuenue Punua, and composer, Dr. Jace Saplan, of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, respectively.

Says Executive and Artistic Director, Maika‘i Nash, “It is an exciting time for us being one of Hawai‘i’s newest and most progressive organizations in the non-profit sector, and then being able to debut our first production at the very artful Entrepreneurs Sandbox space.” Nash continued, “As musicians and artists, we must take chances and explore collaborations with other art forms to create new and fresh works. And, this is just the first of several artistic ventures and collaborations that we intend to produce as our mission is to mix non-traditional venues with multiple art forms on stage at the same time, and present unique experiences that are crafted from the moment you enter the room. Basically, we’re out here to ruffle some feathers in the performing arts community in the very best way possible.”

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About HI Arts Lab

HI Arts Lab is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization bringing music experiences to audiences in Hawai‘i with a focus on the use of non-traditional spaces, and is the newest performing arts organization bringing multi-disciplinary music experiences to audiences. As arts organizations worldwide are struggling to keep up with the new generation of audiences who seek out experiences far more than traditional concert presentations, HI Arts Lab was launched in September 2019 for that specific purpose.

About HI Arts Lab Executive and Artistic Director, Maika‘i Nash

After 20 years abroad, Maikaʻi Nash brings his experience as the only professional Native Hawaiian classical pianist and vocal coach, back to Honolulu. With innovative programming, and a rejection of the status quo, HI Arts Lab was born and is committed to bringing experiences that are topical and relevant to Hawaiʻi audiences.

Nash studied at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montréal. Concentrating on vocal coaching and European song repertoire, his diction mastery includes French, German, Italian, Spanish, and English. He furthered his studies in Italy, Austria, and France before settling in Toronto for most of his career, teaching at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Prior to moving back to Hawaiʻi in 2017, Nash spent two years in Bogotá, Colombia. He now works with many of Hawai‘i’s finest performing arts organizations such as the Hawai‘i Symphony, I'm a Bright Kid Foundation, Diamond Head Theatre, Manoa Valley Theatre, and is the official pianist for Disney Entertainment, covering their needs for the entire state. Nash is also a DJ for Hawai‘i Public Radio and is one of two new co-hosts for the Hawai‘i Symphony's podcast debuting in Fall 2019.

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