Grammy Winner to Give Master Class

Grammy Winner to Give Master Class
Daniel Ho

From his simple beginnings in Honolulu to the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Daniel Ho has worked in all aspects of the music industry: producer, singer, songwriter, performer, composer, arranger, engineer and record company owner. A four-time Grammy Award winner, Ho will share his expertise during a master class on Thursday, April 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall.

The class is free and open to the public.

During the two-hour session, students from the Music Industries Studies program will perform original songs, and Ho will offer suggestions to improve them.

Ho's musical inclinations started at an early age. His first instruments were the organ and 'ukulele, then the classical guitar, piano, electric guitar, bass and drums, as well as voice. His passion for music led him to study composing, arranging and film scoring at the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles.

He began his professional career as the leader, keyboardist, composer and producer for Kilauea, a contemporary jazz group he formed in 1990. By 1997, Kilauea had released six chart-topping albums, two of which hit the Top 10 on Billboard's jazz charts.

In 1998, he launched Daniel Ho Creations, which began with his solo piano and Hawaiian slack key guitar recordings. Later, the releases grew into collaborative projects that featured himeni (Hawaiian hymnody), hula, 'ukulele and slack key guitar. To date, Daniel Ho Creations has released more than fifty acoustic and Hawaiian-themed CDs by many of Hawaiis most respected artists.

Ho has received numerous Hawaiian music industry accolades including three Na Hoku Hanohano awards and 10 Hawaii Music Awards. Most recently, he won his fourth Grammy Award for Best Hawaiian Music Album for Ikena, in which he teamed with Tia Carrere.

The rapidly growing Music Industry Studies (MIS) program at Cal Poly Pomona includes about half of the Music Departments 230 undergraduate majors. The programs gives students a solid foundation in music theory, history, performance, production, recording technology and business. MIS students tailor their studies to develop skills in music business, production or recording.

For more information about the master class, contact music publicist Teresa Kelly at (909) 869-3554 or