Jazz duo visits KSM


Photo by Kauwilaikalunaokeao Gormley

Ariana Andris and Ivan Danylet sing and play music in the choir room. The professional singers were invited to perform for select students by Kumu Kalei Aarona-Lorenzo.

Lucky Kamehameha Maui students were treated to a few performances by a professional jazz duo, Arjana Andris and Ivan Danylets, in the high school choir room during lunch on Wednesday.

Kumu Kalei Aarona-Lorenzo had met the duo on a cruise ship and invited them to the campus to perform.

“We’ve been performing for at least 10 years together on the Carnival Legend cruise,” Andris said.

The duo performed four songs, each in a different variety and genre. Some of the songs students knew, and some they didn’t, but they seemed to enjoy them all. Everyone admired the skill of Andris’s singing and Danylet’s piano playing.

“I thought it was very interesting to see a different genre at this school because around the school you don’t really hear jazz. You hear a lot of Hawaiian, Pop or Hip-Hop, that kind of music, so I thought it was really interesting and cool to hear it, especially from a guest outside of the school,” junior Brennan Ikaika Mendez said.

Since the crowd of students was mostly made of Hawaiian Ensemble members, they were able to give back to the guests in song. They got together and sang Nā Wahi Henoheno for the duo.

The quick show ended with a group picture as a memento for all.