Aroha - Duo | New Zealand, Bay of Plenty(no reviews)
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Aroha perform a vast array of songs from jazz through to rock, top 40 hits and more. Both performers are outstanding singers and multi-instrumentalists with piano, guitar, and percussion.
Aroha engage a crowd encouraging audience participation wherever possible being through striking up a conversation with a guest, inviting people to sing along, or getting the whole crowd to get up on their feet and dance.
Aroha are also able to kick back and create an intimate atmosphere were people can talk easily with one another or just sit back and enjoy sultry jazz classics or easy-listening songs from ... the past and present.
Aroha between piano and guitar and lead singing duties are shared easily and smoothly onstage and give the impression that there are far more entertainers onstage than there actually is.
Aroha in the language of the indigenous people of New Zealand means love. Soo and Josh hold steadfastly to the belief that their music portrays and reflects their love of entertaining, making music, and joi de vivre.
The music of Aroha is a unique blend of the South Pacific and East Asia. Soo brings the ancient esoteric culture of Korea, joining it with Josh’s raw and mysterious heritage of the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand.
Soo holds a Bachelor of Musical Performance from Dankook University- Korea’s most prestigious performing arts institution.
Soo has performed throughout ... Europe, America, South America, and Asia in a diverse number of roles from being a lead singer in the Broadway production of Maria Maria in 2005, to a traditional percussionist/dancer with the world-famous Korean group Dulsori.
Josh holds a Licentiate of the Trinity College of London in Performance Classical Guitar with Distinction and has performed in the Middle East and South East Asia and New Zealand in a multitude of musical situations from solo classical guitar recitals, to duos, orchestras and Top 40 covers bands.
Aroha deliver unparalleled musical precision combining their years of study with even more years of on-the-road experience. The result is a consummate blend of technique, raw emotion, and projection.
Aroha are able to move seamlessly through a dazzling array of musical genres. From Jazz standards, to classical/flamenco virtuoso guitar pieces, Country, Folk, Latin, Reggae and Rock to smash hits from the biggest musicals - Aroha does it all.
Soo is cool, charming and thoughtful in her performance whilst Josh is candid, witty,and prone to spontaneous bouts of verbal banter with audience members. Their wildly differing personalities synergize on stage, with the result being performances that are unpredictable, memorable, and charismatic.
Aroha are able to perform acoustically or with fully-optimized sequences dependent upon the requirements of the venue. Their hardware and sequences are of the highest quality and have a minimal visual impact onstage. All sequences are run using a sequence-dedicated 4th Generation Apple iPod. Lyrics and charts are provided by a sleek Apple iPad2 attached via a custom-made clip to any microphone stand. The result is a slick and state-of-the-art appearance with no hulking laptops or music stands to clutter the stage!
Aroha have performed for some of the world's finest hotels and resorts including:
- Palace Kempinski - Djibouti, Djibouti
- Alila Resort - Jabal Akhdar, Oman
- Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai - Shenzhen, China
- Anantara Uluwatu Resort & Spa - Bali, Indonesia
- The Ritz Carlton - Osaka, Japan
- Jumeirah Dhevanafushi - Maldives
- Ramee Hotel Group - Bahrain, Oman, & the UAE
Javier Roldan - Director of Food & Beverage at the Palace Kempinski
Manish Kumar - Hotel Relations at the Alila Resort
Neige Yuan - AGM at the Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai Hotel
David Stepetic - GM at Jumeirah Dhevanafushi Resort
Ketut Ciptayanti - HR advisor at Anantara Uluwatu Resort & Spa
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