Isabeau Waia'u Walker
Bright Gloom: The vision for her music is clear and thought provoking, often expressed through her master storytelling. The authenticity of her presentation as a performer and storyteller taps into human emotions and bonds her with the listeners and audiences in front of her. Grabbing hold of the space with never having to command the attention of the room. Soothing and soft while powerful, accessible while complex, melancholic in celebration, serious while playful, sweet but aching. Songs of love, care, community, fight, self. Vulnerable while her humility guards her impressive force. The tensions of the stretches and contractions nested in her core, reverberate through the layers of her product: storytelling, collaboration, presentation, music. Her craft is seemingly effortless, but a closer attention reveals meticulous engineering and caring intentionality in process and product. Dualities also exist for her in culture, race, and language. Half a life in Hawaii; the second half in Oregon. In addition to writing and recording her own music, she is also a member of the band Y La Bamba.