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From 1973 to 1976 Kimo Williams attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. He began writing for jazz big-band but augmented his arrangements with a wide variety of classical-style instruments including strings and double-reeds.

Eventually he took his jazz and classical knowledge and composed his first symphony, Symphony for the Sons of Nam, which has received national radio play and has been performed by many orchestras, including Philadelphia, Detroit and Atlanta, as well as receiving three composer awards. In 1990 Williams started his own recording label and recording studio in Chicago, Little Beck Music.

Kimotion, formerly known as The Paumalu Symphony, was formed in 1975. Kimo wrote music specifically for his ensemble so as to express his compositional concepts. These concepts involved his own unique harmonic technique called Diagonal Harmony.

 

With 22 musicians, the Kimotion ensemble includes four trumpets, four trombones, five saxes, two guitars, keyboards, percussion, bass, drums, three violins, viola and cello. The music is high energy combining rock with jazz and all places in-between. Their first release in 1991 War Stories was well received by the critics:

His second Tracking. was produced by Kimo Williams and actor/musician Gary Sinise. Kimo and Gary share the electric bass tracks along with Victor Bailey. Also performing on Tracking is drum legend Vinnie Colaiuta and tenor sax great Michael Brecker. The third CD is a live recording from a concert in Malibu Ca. called Kimotion Live with my Friend Vinnie.


" I want my music to be a conduit to the heart with a pulse that brings a smile"
……Kimo Williams

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