Sound Garden — Hawaiian Memories
This summer, the pavilion of the Fondation Beyeler park will once again resonate to the pulsating beats and melodies of our “Sound Garden.” Every Wednesday, visitors savoring the balmy evening air over a cool drink will get to enjoy the music of a line-up both regional and national, ranging from jazz and canzoni to disco and Hawaiian melodies. What better way to while away those precious mid-week hours than with the varied program of this year’s “Sound Garden” in the relaxed atmosphere of the museum’s park?
While the line-up and band name have changed over the years, the unmistakable twang of the Hawaiian guitar has remained the Hulas’ signature sound. These days Basel’s Hula Club band goes by the name Hawaiian Memories, and its spectrum ranges from Hawaiian hits to pop songs and pieces influenced by the then relatively new genre of rock ‘n’ roll. Even after several decades on the Swiss music scene, the “Hawaiians with Basel roots” still have it in them to thrill people of all generations as much with their music as with their positive vibes. Basel guitarist Walter Roost caught his first whiff of Hawaii when he heard the Dutch Kiliman Hawaiians on the radio in 1945. Fascinated by their Hawaiian pop, he and three friends spontaneously founded a group of their own, the Hula Hawaiians. With their dynamic arrangements of South Seas sounds, the Hulas even made it into the German chart show in the early 1960s. What made the band popular, however, was not just their catchy tunes, but above all their memorable live concerts both at home and abroad—to say nothing of their radio and TV appearances. Enjoy an evening of their warm music live at the pavilion of the Fondation Beyeler!
This event is free.