J. KIMO WILLIAMS

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In 1969, J. Kimo Williams found himself entranced by Jimi Hendrix's performance of "Spanish Castle Magic" at a Waikiki Shell concert, marking the moment when his lifelong dedication to music took root. Shortly after, he enlisted in the Army, serving in Vietnam. This experience, combined with his departure from Hawaii, propelled him to pursue his musical aspirations at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

At Berklee, he encountered the genre-bending Mahavishnu Orchestra, inspiring his decision to study composition. During a course called "Styles and Analysis," the classical works of Mussorgsky and Messiaen captivated him, expanding his creative horizons.

With foundational knowledge in harmony and arrangement, J. Kimo began composing for jazz big bands, incorporating classical instruments like strings, French horn, and more. As Berklee's focus leaned toward jazz, he established his ensemble, "The Paumalu Symphony," named after his Hawaiian street.

A pivotal moment came with his creation of "Symphony for
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J. KIMO WILLIAMS Kimo Williams And Kimotion : Tracking album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kimo Williams And Kimotion : Tracking
Fusion 2001
J. KIMO WILLIAMS Buffalo Soldiers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Buffalo Soldiers
Third Stream 2006
J. KIMO WILLIAMS Red Summer 1919 An Instrumental Opera album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Red Summer 1919 An Instrumental Opera
Fusion 2023
J. KIMO WILLIAMS War Stories​ album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
War Stories​
Third Stream 2023
J. KIMO WILLIAMS Quartet For The Sons of Nam album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Quartet For The Sons of Nam
Third Stream 2023

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J. KIMO WILLIAMS Live With Vinnie - Remastered album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live With Vinnie - Remastered
Fusion 2023

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