Jeff Peterson Photo courtesy of Idyllwild Arts

Idyllwild Arts welcomes Jeff Peterson, one of Hawaii’s most versatile musicians and recently featured on the soundtrack of George Clooney’s film “The Descendants,” for an evening of music at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 in Stephens Recital Hall on the Idyllwild Arts campus.

Peterson is at the heart of the Hawaiian music scene today. His passion for the guitar has allowed him to shine as a solo artist and has given him the opportunity to collaborate with a wide variety of artists from Hawaii, across the U.S., and abroad.

His focus on slack key guitar, classical, and jazz music has allowed him to develop a unique and transcendent voice on the guitar while being deeply rooted in the traditions of his Hawaiian heritage.

He has contributed to two Grammy Award-winning recordings and has been honored with three Na Hoku Hanohano Awards in Hawaii. His latest solo CD, Maui on My Mind was recognized as the Slack Key Album of the Year in 2010.

Wayne Harada, from the Honolulu Advertiser, after hearing the CDs wrote, “His manner is impeccable, his style exquisite: the CD is perfection … Peterson raises the bar a few notches in both slack key and jazz with this bright and exceptional release.”

He is also featured as a performer and arranger on the 2008 and 2009 Grammy Nominated recordings “Aumakua” and “Friends and Family of Hawaii” by Amy Hanaiali’i.

This recital performance is free, open to the public.