The Brothers Cazimero
In the early 1970s when Hawaiian music began its amazing resurgence in the islands, THE BROTHERS CAZIMERO were visionaries, establishing and defining what contemporary Hawaiian music has become. In 2002, as they mark their 27th anniversary of performing together, their name is synonymous with Hawaiian music. The music from their over 30 releases has increased the awareness of Hawaiian music to Hawaiians and Hawaiians-at-heart around the world. The musical style they create is now part of the fabric of Hawaiian history and their contribution to Hawaiian music and dance has continued to show outsiders to these islands as well as indigenous people how important these components are to the past, present and future of Hawai'i.
The components of the past play an enormous role in all aspects of The Brothers Cazimero performances. Their presentation of the chants, dances and songs of their ancestors serve to honor those musicians, composers, teachers and elders who paved the way for what they are able to accomplish in Hawaiian music today. As they honor the past, so do they continually look to explore new music and dance forms while remaining true to their heritage.
In 1999, The Brothers Cazimero released two different CDs, "Destination Paradise" and "Cazimero Christmas Favorites." As their recording career carried into the next century, they released their newest recording in April 2000, "The Best of The Brothers Cazimero III," a collection of their finest music from their vast body of work. And in 2001, their digitally re-mastered "The Sound of the Sea Surrounds Me" recording project was released in CD format for the first time. They have collectively and individually released over thirty albums over the past three decades. The success of these recording projects can easily be measured by the fact that they all remain on the market. Caz fans boast of a complete collection of CDs and tapes. Not only do residents of Hawai'i find that this music has magical qualities, but visitors to these islands will take home multiple copies to use for relaxation as they get back in everyday routines, give to friends and relatives and as living souvenirs of their vacation to this island paradise.
Remarkable entertainers on stage, The Brothers Cazimero achieve a full-bodied sound that emanates from two traditional instruments, the acoustic bass and a twelve string guitar. The rhythms and harmonies that they attain are unique yet familiar and you instantly become comfortable with the music. They performed as headliners for twelve years in the beautiful Monarch Room of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, and 2003 marked their 26th annual Lei Day Concert at the Waikiki Shell with sold out crowds each May 1st.
On The Brothers Cazimero stage is always the native dance, the hula, performed by both men and women. Robert Cazimero and The Brothers Cazimero premiere dancer, Leina'ala Heine, are two of the most respected kumu (teachers) of Hawaiian dance today, and their dancers appear with The Brothers Cazimero around the world.
And the world continues to call to Robert and Roland Cazimero. The Brothers Cazimero have taken the beauty of Hawaiian music and dance for encore performances in Carnegie Hall in New York City (they returned to Carnegie Hall in January 2000 to perform to sell-out crowds as special guests with the New York Pops), as well the World Expo in Brisbane, Australia, Hong Kong, Tokyo; and annual performances in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle to sell out crowds. They have been guest stars each Christmas in sell out holiday shows with the Honolulu Symphony.
The Brothers Cazimero's achievements are not limited to recording and stage. National television credits include the Today show, PM Magazine, Good Morning America, Real People, Jim Nabors Special from Hawai'i, the Miss America Pageant and the Dolly Parton TV special from Hawai'i. Hawai'i TV has produced numerous specials about their career and they have been part of almost every musical showcase that has been broadcast from Hawai'i.
Their musical talent, incredible showmanship and infectious humor have bridged cultural gaps that naturally exist with ethnic music and dance. The aloha spirit that remains an integral part of their entertaining, whether live, on records or TV, is spreading throughout the global village and with it, a better world is possible.