"Song Still Remains"
Featuring: Matti Leshem, Dar Zuzovsky, Dennis MaGee Fallon, Whitney Woodak, Joban Gill, Sara Fidel-Holtz, Seth Crowe, Jared Kramer, Aidan Ravitch
Music by: J. Arimoto
My friends I’ll miss you so but
You know we’ll carry on,
I’ll carry you in my heart and
In my song.
You know we’ll all meet again someday
If we just wait awhile,
I’ll think of you and smile...
Archival footage highlights shared experiences of past Shaloha jam sessions with friends, brought together through instruments from U-SPACE Ukuleles accompanied with Croft Alley fare.
Presented together for the first time, nine solo performances filmed in self-quarantine reinvoke the experience of a Shaloha-style jam session in an original, virtual ensemble performance on vocals, guitar, bass, harmonica and 'ukulele.
“Song Still Remains” is our expression of the resiliency of community and the creative ways music connects us together across distance and time.
The L.A.-based, Shaloha jam ensemble features a collective of musicians and creative professionals brought together in collaboration with U-SPACE Ukuleles and Croft Alley. Shaloha began one evening in 2017, as friends from diverse creative fields gathered for an impromptu jam session. In this spirit, Shaloha co-presents a series of interactive music events in West Hollywood, featuring exclusive Croft Alley dining accompanied with a live, U-SPACE play-and-sing-along experience.
Curated by Jason Arimoto and Petrice Oyama, Ukelele, Inc.
"Creativity takes on many forms at all levels and in unexpected places. Its meaningful expression exists everywhere but is often unseen. In our experience as creative arts entrepreneurs, music is often felt as a soundtrack underlying the rhythm of our daily lives.
In our curatorial partnership with The Music Center’s For the Love of L.A., we applied a socioeconomic lens to the scope of our project and were inspired by artists who’s creative, community-building strategies, not only contribute to local economic development, but also have a positive social impact on the City of Los Angeles.
Music is a part of the identity of each of our featured artists, whose pieces share expressions of strength, adaptability and resilience, from a perspective of everyday creativity with social and economic development activations.
A shared sense of community in self-quarantine is reimagined through the experience of Shaloha, an L.A.-based jam ensemble of musicians and creative professionals, who reunite in a virtual jam session on instruments made available through contactless delivery support from their local 'ukulele store."