Originally from Hawaii, Los Angeles-based Jason Arimoto, also known on YouTube as “facemeltingukulele,” is a featured artist on the Na Hoku Hanohano
Award-winning album, Abe Lagrimas, Jr. and Friends – Solo Ukulele: The King of Pop, and is a two-time winner of the Ukulele Underground Award for Best Vocal Performance of the Year. He has attracted a following for his blues ‘ukulele covers of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” and John Mayer’s “Gravity,” which was featured as one of Jake Shimabukuro’s top picks on YouTube in 2011. His original music blends his island roots with reggae and blues, with soulful vocals combining with a bluesy ‘ukulele tone. Jason has performed across the U.S. including the Bean Blossom Blues Festival in Indiana and Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California as well as internationally at the Cairns Ukulele Festival in Australia. Jason performs weekly at Don the Beachcomber restaurant in Huntington Beach, California.
Jason is also a lead instructor of ‘Ukulele Creations, a comprehensive music program developed together with six-time Grammy award winner Daniel Ho. Jason was invited to teach at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion as part of the Music Center of Los Angeles’ Active Arts Program and was voted as a top-rated instructor by participants.
In addition to his work as a solo artist, Jason performs in a ‘ukulele-percussion duo with percussionist Brad Ranola. Jason is also one of the original members of the Los Angeles-based reggae/blues/rock band, JMD. JMD has attracted a loyal following for their inventive fusion of Bob Marley, Sublime, and Jimi Hendrix using three-part harmonies and three instruments: a ‘ukulele, bass and drums. JMD has performed in venues across Southern California. We welcome Jason Arimoto’s performance at the 2015 Arcadia High School Orchestra Benefit Dinner.