Hawaii Friends CD Project

Our goal is to raise funds to record a new album in Hawaii, submit it and compete for a Grammy Nomination by The Hawaii Academy of Recording Arts. The band will be comprised of native residents of the Hawaiian Islands and myself, Deems Tsutakawa on keyboards.

The group consists of: David Yamasaki guitar, Steve Bader drums, Owen Matsui bass, Fred Li sax, & Keahi Conjugacion vocals. 

We were nominated in 2018 for Jazz Album of the Year and I was honored to perform at the awards this past May with Keahi.

The target date for the recording project is the Spring of 2019.

Each donation of $30 or more will receive a free CD of the new music.
For each donation of $1,000 or more Deems will reciprocate with a live performance at the donor's choice, certain restrictions apply, and the logistics must be mutually agreed upon. 
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 3 mos
  • Al Evers 
    • $25 
    • 18 mos
  • Laurie Tsutakawa 
    • $100 
    • 18 mos
  • Brenda & Chuck Handley 
    • $500 
    • 18 mos
  • Kevin Boyd 
    • $100 
    • 22 mos
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Deems Tsutakawa 
Seattle, WA