Composer Neal Facciuto has released a new album featuring Honolulu singing talents Amanda Tafel and Hawaiian Idol winner, Kalona. The album, Flora, was released on June 5th and features classical orchestration behind more popular singing styles. The album is available digitally at all major online stores, and listening samples can be heard at FacciutoColors.com.
Regarding the unique musical style, Mr. Facciuto said,"I decided to create a music that could appeal to a broad audience, but that still had integrity. Simplicity and richness were a combined theme."
“Flora” is the first offspring of that union, with follow-up albums in the works. “Blues-isms” and “Gospel-isms” are among many of the characteristics interwoven throughout the debut, with orchestral instruments providing the vehicle.
The two singers, Amanda Tafel and Kalona, were discovered in Honolulu while Mr. Facciuto was teaching and working on his Ph.D. Tafel, a graduate of Ithaca College in New York, was working as a church choir director. In 2009, Kalona won the Hawaiian Idol award, an Island version of the popular TV show.
Mr. Facciuto is an American composer and a conductor of his own works. He is a former student of the Ukrainian-American maestro, Virko Baley. In 2011, he formed “Colors,” a brand of music which blends classical and blues worlds. He has taught courses at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and the University of Hawai’i. He is married to cellist, Rebekah Facciuto, and currently resides in Honolulu.