raymond bambao, ukulele & guitar

RAYMOND BAMBAO, a San Francisco native has been performing professionally in the Bay Area Hawaiian community for twenty-four years. He started early Hula and Tahitian dancing with Spirit of Polynesia in the eighties and then danced for Hula Halau O Ku'uleinani in the nineties. Here is a short list of Halau he has played for: NaMele Hula Ohana, Academy of Hawaiian Arts, Te Pura O Rahura'a, Ke Ola Loa/Te Ora Roa, Na Hula O Moku'aina, and Tiare O Te Ao. He received his B.A. in Improvised Music Studies from San Jose State University. Noted groups and ensembles he has performed with: San Francisco Boys Chorus, San Jose State Concert Choir, George Cleve and the San Jose Symphony Choir, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Bobby Mcferrin, Linda Rondstat, Tramaine Hawkins, Joan Baez, Yolanda Adams; Ka Ehu Kai,Makaha Sons, The Brothers Cazimero, Keali'i Reichel, Ho'okena, Na Palapalai, Ledward Ka'apana, Kapena, Ho'onua, Ten Feet; Mark Ho'omalu, Hoku Zuttermeister, Aaron Sala, Mark Yamanaka, Kamakoa Lindsay-Asing, Kapono Nailiili, Chino Montero, Alika Young, Steven Espaniola, Faith Ako, Patrick Landeza, Vocal Sauce, Winston Raval and the Vanishing Tribe, LOPC Chamber Choir and Festival Choir. Raymond also played the principle Lead (King David Kalakaua) of the MKH production of "Kingdom Denied" which toured Japan in June 2012. He is currently teaching voice, beginning piano, ukulele, and guitar at Spark of Creation Studios in SSF. Raymond looks forward sharing his love for Hawaiian music with his students.