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George Harrison - While My Guitar Gently Weeps

July 17, 2013 at 10:19PM

"While My Guitar Gently Weeps (George Harrison)"
instrumental music cover by Jake Shimabukuro and Jason Tom

featuring TEDx Talks by Hawaii presenters (published on March 5, 2012)


Jason Tom and Jake Shimabukuro, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2006


Jason Tom, Jake Shimabukuro, and Andrew Jim in Honolulu, Hawaii, 2011

Jake Shimabukuro
Jake Shimabukuro is on a mission to revolutionize the world's perception of the ukulele. Starting out at a local coffee shop in Hawai‘i, Shimabukuro has swept onto the international stage, touring and recording with artists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Bette Midler, Jimmy Buffett, Ziggy Marley, Bela Fleck, and Cyndi Lauper. His unique rendition of George Harrison's, While My Guitar Gently Weeps has received over 9 million downloads on YouTube. Shimabukuro believe…

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New Creation In Christ

June 18, 2013 at 09:05PM

Here is my testimony about my personal Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. In 2008, my friend Janel invited me to a conference at the Waikiki Shell featuring the Katinas. God spoke to me during this conference and I did the salvation prayer with all my heart (he knocked on the door of my heart and I opened that door for him to come in).

Then my mentor John recommended that I pray to God to be planted at a home church. God heard my prayer and on Friday, October 24th, 2008 my friend Cherryanne invited me to Word of Life Hawaii (Pastor Art and Kuna Sepulveda) to enter the Emerge Talent Show (where I met my then Life Group Leader Jarmal) and Jim invited to facilitate a human beatbox workshop at Word of Life Academy (WOLA).

The night of the Emerge Talent Show I prayed to God, …

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What Influenced Me to Start Beatboxing

May 4, 2013 at 05:13PM

I get asked from time to time how I got influenced into what I do with the art of beatboxing. To summarize, it essentially started off (during the pre-YouTube era) with Michael Jackson's music, then Michael Jackson as an artist, which gradually expanded to life experiences and other influences including Rahzel, Elaine Chao, and more along the way (i.e. Bobby McFerrin, Michael Winslow, Doug E. Fresh, etc.). To be more specific and in depth... I decided to devote this blog entry about my adventure into the beatboxing realm and the story starts off below this paragraph...

It all began being exposed at an early age during the mid 1980's to the Michael Jackson song "Bad." Also seeing several versions of the music video on television for "Bad" such as the original version…

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After School Program

January 16, 2013 at 06:24PM

It's official!!! I will be offering a beatboxing (vocal percussion) class for an after school program on Oahu. Big thank you goes out to Shelly, the Human Beatbox Academy's Jocelyn and Noa and friends! Below is the beatboxing class as seen in the program's catalog.

Vocal Percussion - the Art of Beatboxing
Jason Tom is a walking, talking instrument; an energetic combination of drums, snare, vocals and synthesizer, all replicated using his voice.

Class Description - All Grades
It starts with a heartbeat. A person has an inner beat, melody, voice and rhythm from within that can be brought out through the art of vocal percussion. This class focuses on the expression, foundation, fundamentals, history, beats, rhythms, and techniques in beatboxing. Curriculum includes how …

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Coldplay Paradise Project

December 12, 2011 at 09:07PM

If you folks remember, I was in the Bay Area of California for the Estria Graffiti Battle Invitational week of events earlier this year. For all you Coldplay fans out there, while there, I got picked up by an advertising agency firm to beatbox a recording for a Coldplay project on their song "Paradise." It was a lot of fun to work on, but unfortunately that project got canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

It's not the first time a recording project I've worked on did not see the light of day as things do not always go as planned, but as always I'm gonna keep on truckin'. Speaking of Coldplay's "Paradise," here is Coldplay playing their "Paradise" song live at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, a great performance.
 

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Happy Birthday Jason Tom

November 21, 2011 at 07:31PM

I want to thank everyone that have wished me or are wishing me a happy birthday! I am grateful for every day that I am alive, breathing and beatboxing. Peace, love and beatboxing! Many blessings, prosperity, and happiness to all! -Jason Tom

Edit: Also on my birthday my presentation "Vocal Groove" at the TEDxHonolulu conference have been uploaded. Check it out, support it on YouTube and share it with your friends, peers, family, cats, dogs, pets and friends and everyone you know!


P.S. Mahalo to comic artist Jon Murakami for this happy birthday quick art sketch greeting... WOW!!

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Up To Date

August 28, 2011 at 08:37AM

Here's an update from my last entry and more, the TEDx Honolulu 2011 "It's About Time" conference have officially rescheduled and relocated. It is now on 11.1.11 (Tuesday, November 1st, 2011) at the Cupola Theater, 2nd floor of the Honolulu Design Center. Be sure to apply to attend for a possible invitation, limited to 100 guests for a live experience of "ideas worth spreading." Also sponsors interested apply here.


Here is a shout out to Shay, she got A-Profiled by AArisings' Nelson Wong! Incredible! Check her interview out and subscribe to her YouTube.
http://www.aarising.com/content.php?129-YouTube-s-Starlet-Shay-A-Profiled


Anyway, I am thrilled to hit the stage at these upcoming events... 

The 5th Annual Estria Invitational Graffiti Battle and HIstory - Honol…

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Pray for Japan

March 15, 2011 at 07:11AM

My prayers goes out to Japan! I know that recent current events is affecting many of us one way or another. Relief efforts are being worked on as I type on the Hawaii end. Hawaii also had tsunami warning sirens go off like crazy last week and a lot is happening.

Life of a beatboxer does not stop though and as tough as it is I needed to follow through with my pre-engagements. On Saturday, March 12th at 8:00AM HST I was invited weeks in advance to guest judge the Worldwide Ventrilo Beatbox Battle on VentBBX.com. Congratulations to Slurp of Norway on winning that Ventrilo Beatbox Battle! Early in my career I've worked with Norway rapper TKB, but I have not heard from him in years. Then on Sunday I performed for Lola-Palooza for the newly turned 1-year-old Lola and fell u…

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Happy 2011 to All

January 2, 2011 at 09:13AM

Happy 2011 to all!! It feels good to be Twenty-Eleven!

I've personally been waiting for 2011 for a long while now ever since I came back to Honolulu from NYC in September 2010. I often feel, now more than before, that time is behind and it needs to catch up. You ever felt or feel that way or is it just me?

How was your 2010? Have you reflected upon your reach of goals, dreams and aspirations in 2010?

Reflecting back: year 2010 was a productive one and I would title it the "Year of the Hustle." I worked against many odds and set backs. Set backs that could go on for days. But I'll blog just about one: I went without a working home computer for the majority of 2010. I adapted best I could to the limited net access (folks that know me know that I don't have a cell phone

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Anasma of Paris Dance Workshop

June 10, 2010 at 03:55PM

Hi there!

Don't miss a great opportunity to study with the lovely and amazing Anasma of Paris!!

One workshop only!  TONIGHT!!!

Anasma from Paris
June 10th, Thursday 6pm-8pm KCC Maile Dance Studio
"101 Hip Hop Waving and Popping"

Learn the technique, forms and secrets of unique approach to meld urban hip hop dance with bellydance. Anasma will take you through drills, excercises and combos to inspire your dance practice to new heights! Clear, approachable and patient, Anasma's class is open to dancers of ALL dance styles and levels!
Price: $45

Anasma will also have both of her instructional videos for purchase and can autograph them for you. :)

We NEED A CONFIRMATION of your attendance:)

BIO

Anasma is Performance Arts Dancer, Teacher, and Choreographer currently based i…

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Jason Tom Turns 5

November 21, 2009 at 01:02AM

Stillborn Skies CD Release Party & Satellite Grey's Last Show
on Friday, November 27th
*with performances by Prevail, Disaster Kit, Clones of the Queen, Busekrus, Jason Tom, DJ Ross Jackson, and special performances by Stillborn Skies & Satellite Grey.

The Loft (formerly Wo Fat Restaurant in Chinatown)
115 N. Hotel St.
18+; Doors 7PM; $10

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MJ Movie Night

November 12, 2009 at 06:06PM

Michael Jackson Movie Night Photo Recap:

I bought these IMAX movie tickets in advance on Wednesday, October 28th, and each came with a Michael Jackson "This Is It" movie concert tag. I caught the movie with 15 or so friends on Sunday, November 1st. My reaction: This Is Exc"It"ing.


I got to Regal Dole Cannery Stadium 18 & IMAX early to wait for friends to arrive.


Testing out lighting on a 3-year-old cam.


I am the Michael Jackson ticket go-to man for tonight.


Lighting finally starting to work. Meet Tom!

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Get your "This Is It" movie ticket right!


Now I'm glowing with Reiko.


This time it isn't the camera's fault, we're really that bright.

 


Yup Reiko and I are really really bad.


Movie tickets never tasted so good.


Is it really Michael Jackson?


Michael Jackson This Is …

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Jason Tom in LA

September 11, 2009 at 11:14AM

I travel and I had a blast on my trip to Los Angeles. I went there for the International Secret Agents LA 2009 concert. I was considered to be featured in this past ISA LA 2009 concert when my fans and supporters wrote to ISA to make it happen though it didn't fall through. I want to thank the fam for pushing that.

I brought my camera with me to share about this trip.


Tickets to the JCPenney "SOLD-OUT" ISA LA 09 concert.


Outside of the Honolulu airport.


International Secret Agents I met on my way to the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse for the ISA LA 09 concert.


IS what? ISA!!!


Quest Crew fans.


Rocking a Verizon Wireless t-shirt.


IS what? ISA!!!


ISA LA 09 volunteers passing out JCPenney surveys and notebooks.


This ISA LA 09 volunteer remembers me from ISA …

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In MidWeek and Grand Finale performance this Friday!

December 31, 2008 at 09:41AM

I'm featured on page 2 of MidWeek vol. 25 no. 49. Scope it out!
http://www.midweek.com/content/columns/spotted_article/gordon_biersch1/

Shinya Yarimizo, Eric Lagrimas, Erwin Legaspi, Jason Tom and Clint Kalaola at Bop Tribal CD release party at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant.
Photo by Lisa Mita
From L to R: Shinya Yarimizo, Eric Lagrimas, Erwin Legaspi, Jason Tom and Clint Kalaola

Bop Tribal celebrated the release of its new album last week with friends and family at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant.

This Friday, January 2nd, 2009 I will be performing at the Word of Life Emerge Talent Show Grand Finale. 7:00pm at Word of Life Christian Center! ;)

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Jason Tom Update

November 19, 2008 at 04:14PM

Lately I visited several home recording studios working with local underground artists and producers, co-produced this past Friday's MELE showcase with the MELE club, and more. At the showcase I was featured in three acts, and co-produced an additional act. Craig Garcia emceed the event with Will on the sound and lights. Also featured were DJ G, The Freaki Tiki Experience (Will & Alastar), Clarence, Kelsey & Jowyn, Harold Villiarimo, PhoeBus, Faioso, Kalei Gamiao, Gino, Eric Lagrimas, Tak Tsui, John Tussey, R£AL, and more. A talented bunch. Behind-the-scenes I worked with the MELE promotion for the Ukulele Guild Exhibition and Conference at McKinley High School scheduled for November 21st to 23rd (click for online flyer). Mahalo MELE!

Honolulu Community College MELE - Music and Entertainment Learning Experience

On another note I'm also readi…

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Anyone caught or plan to see Mongol?

July 27, 2008 at 09:17AM

Now while people have been buzzing about the Dark Knight, Wall-E, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Hancock, Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Kung Fu Panda, Wanted, Hellboy II: the Golden Army, and all those other blockbuster goodies coming out. There is one Art House release that I'm most anticipating to see over any other movie coming out right now, and that is Mongol. The movie poster simply state, "The Untold Story of Genghis Khan." Since Mongol is an Art House independant film, it's only playing in select areas. So be sure to check whether or not it will be or is showing in yours. On O`ahu, it's now playing at Kahala 8 Cinema.

Anyway check this out:

the untold story of Genghis Khan.Mongol

Rating: R for sequences of bloody warfare

Genre: Drama

Runtime: 120 Minutes

Official Site: Visit Site

Distributo…

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Jason kind of reminds me a gecko; a gecko always adapts and recovers from all the hardships he went through. The curves in Tom Thum's "Jason Tom" logo design looks really cool!

It's nice to see Jason's personality imbued in a gecko designed by him. Cool, fitting, totally Jason lol. I like it!

Jason Tom is a really dope guy. He's really funny, chill and positive. He inspires me. Jason Tom really loves God. He's awesome.

it is D O P E ❤️

This is so inspiring and great. I hope you continue what you're doing because you're amazing!

Your new name logo looks fantastic. Really fancy cursive. Keep up the good work Mr. Tom.

The logo looks awesome! Keep on making a difference in this world one beat at a time!

I thinks this is good for u keep up the good work love the new name keep on keeping on bro way to make the world change and put a little beat in there step box in there lives on to bigger and better things

Hey man I really dig the new logo! It suits you!

Awww I love all of them Jason, especially Tom Thum's one attracted me a lot :D Just DOPE!!!!!!!!!

Awww that's amazing Jason!!! I love the sounds of ukulele and awesome Collaboration with your koool beat box(´◡͐`)☆

That was brilliant good on to the both of you

That was great mix of the new and old . That was really impressive I liked so much. I like how he taught you one thing and you taught him one thing.

Mahalo mahalo for sharing the traditions and aloha! Continue spreading the love and being you❤️

Yoo! my brother from another MOUTHer!!
That's fresh logo as you are! Come down Japan and let's rock together!!

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Jason Tom is an American Freelance beatboxer, voice actor, inspirational speaker, session musician, designer, blogger, slam poet, TEDx presenter