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Ranga Pae

Ranga Pae (rung • ga • pie). Take an eclectic musical journey around the Pacific Rim with Kimo & Jody of the world fusion group Ranga Pae: be refreshed by the Japanese koto with its reminiscent sound of waterfalls and the haunting melodies of bamboo flutes from Hawaii and Indonesia, the exotic flavor of India with the sitar, and the heartbeat of Bali through the bamboo tingklik. There's even something familiar waiting in the background of this musical oasis as you're likely to catch a re-imagined classic rock tune, a hip hop hit with an ethnic twist, a jazz standard, a world traditional piece, or an original Ranga Pae composition.

Ranga Pae ("Encircling the Earth" in Maori) was formed in 1995 by the husband and wife team of Kimo and Jody Huybrechts. Residing on the island of Maui, Hawaii, Kimo & Jody perform regularly at some of Maui’s finest venues. In 1999 they were commissioned by the Tau Dance Theater for the arrangement of Sakura on koto and sitar with performances at the Leeward Community College Theater on Oahu, and Maui's Castle Theater. From 2001 through 2008 they appeared nightly at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua's award-winning signature restaurant The Banyan Tree. Currently they are appearing weekly at Merriman's Kapalua.

In addition to being accomplished musicians trained in western and eastern music, Kimo & Jody each have over 30 years of musical experience and hold university degrees in cultural anthropology/ethnomusicology. Their desire is to promote appreciation of cultural music through performing, teaching, composing, film and recording projects.

Ranga Pae has released three albums: Waihua, Full Circle, and Like Rain.

JODY HUYBRECHTS was born in Massachusetts and raised in Los Angeles. She began studying guitar at the age of nine, and flute when she was eleven years old. She fell in love with the koto after seeing the Japanese-American jazz band Hiroshima in concert as a college student. After graduating from UCLA, she taught English in Miyazaki, Japan where she studied koto with grand master Mutsuko Miyata, and later with Dr. Bernice Hirai in Honolulu.

KIMO HUYBRECHTS was born at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas and raised in California, Singapore and the Big Island of Hawaii. Of Dutch, Indonesian, French, Chinese, and Hawaiian ancestry, Kimo was exposed to ethnic music at a young age. Kimo's musical studies began with guitar, then he became interested in bamboo flutes while traveling through Indonesia. After graduating from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA, he moved to his parents' farm on the Big Island where he learned the art of building and playing Hawaiian nose flutes and other native Hawaiian instruments from Kumu Hula Lanakila Brandt.