Maui born, I am a full-time professional touring musician. I perform a variety of genres of music on a vast array of musical instruments. Primary genres include jazz, folk, pop, world music, Americana, bluegrass, Hawaiian slack key and ukulele, and original compositions. Primary instruments include piano, guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, several types of flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, percussion and drums. I can also provide musical sound equipment.
I am available for many kinds of events and can play solo or with accompaniment. I can make your event a wonderful experience. Just let me know exactly what kind of music you want, and I will provide it for you.
Mahalo Nui Loa Dayan Kai
What comes out of an instrument is what’s inside the musician’s heart. That’s why you want Dayan to perform at your function, especially a wedding. Though he looks like a handsome and casual California surfer, he’s Maui through and through and a consumate professional that is in high demand. ( In his role as musical director at the renowned Burnin’ Love show, he often plays several instruments in one song.) His bio mentions that he was born without sight but that is just ‘eye’ sight. He ‘sees’ more than most of us and travels freely to jobs and regular gigs around the islands and California. He’s in demand as a musician’s musician, but if you are lucky that he’s available for your function, I think you will find as I did, that the value you receive will be big and full of genuine Aloha. I recommend meeting with him and discussing your specific musical needs. Then you will feel confident that he is the guy you want putting down the positive vibes for your special day.
This man is multitalented! I saw him at the Burn’N Love Elvis Tribute, and he was fantastic. He played the keyboard, and multiple other instruments throughout the performance.
He also provided backup vocals and had a beautiful voice! I couldn’t believe the skillset of him, he is a one man show. 10/10
Dayan Kai is a singular musician. He a phenomenal as an artist. Not many are blessed with this level of talent. An absolute pleasure musically and personally❤️. A treasure.
Dayan - what to say about him. We've seen him at Burn'n Love several times and as the music director he keeps everyone in line. He can play most all instruments but my husbands favorite is the Box Drum. He plays saxaphone, flute, harmonica, steel guitar and of course the keyboards there. He also writes his own music and sings it as well. He can play any kind of music and does so at many different places. He is a must see to believe his talent.
Dayan Kai is a multi-talented performing artist. He is the Musical Director of Burn’n Love, Maui, Hawaii.
As I watched the show I couldn’t help but notice Dayan as he played the keyboards. It all seemed so effortless for him. During the show he also played tenor saxophone, flute, harmonica, Cajon box drum and steel guitar as well as performing as a backup singer.
I also enjoyed Dayan as he performed solo in a lounge setting. He could play jazz, the old standards, rock, almost anything you could request.
Would there even be entertainment without music? Music is good for the body and soul – you’ll discover this listening to Dayan Kai either live or on one of his CDs.
How would you define MUSICIAN? The dictionary defines it as
(n) a person who makes music a profession, especially as a performer of music or any person, whether professional or not, skilled in music.
While this is a good definition it doesn’t completely describe Dayan Kai. He is a musician extraordinaire – name an instrument, any instrument, and he can play it. Name a song – he knows it. He is also an established composer with a number of CDs available. But that’s not the end of his talent – he has a beautiful voice.
Dayan performs at the Burn’n Love show, Maui Theatre in Lahaina, and at the Cane & Canoe in Kapalua, Maui.
I've had the pleasure of producing several concerns over the years that included Dayan Kai ... and even hosted a house concert with him as well. When asked how many instruments Dayan plays, he's been known to modestly reply, "I don't know, I haven't played them all yet." He is equally adept on acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, saxophone, clarinet, flute, drums and I'm sure a dozen more I've not yet seen. But his truest gifts are his voice and his penchant for songwriting. He is deep (spiritually as well as in tone), soulful, funny, witty, and playful. He's a whole show unto himself but also sings and plays beautifully as a compliment to any of his many musical friends. If you've never taken a chance on Dayan, I strongly recommend you give him a shot. You will not regret it and you'll be back to see him again, as have most of us!
I have had the pleasure of playing with Dayan a few times. He is virtuosic AND tasteful, always contributes to the song and is great to work with. Highly recommended.
Dayan once lived in Spokane, WA where he played as a solo act and with a variety of combos and bands. As a performer, he moves audiences. As a bandmate, he holds the show together and pushes the band to be the best it can be. What's really remarkable about Dayan is his ability to move from one genre to the next, from early jazz to folk to modern jazz, rock, blues, and beyond. His talent seems limitless.
It may have been longer than 11 years since I first watched and heard Dayan perform in Fernie, B.C. The melodies he played on guitar, clarinet and flute (and numerous other instruments) still resonate in my memory. I listen to him play regularly via internet and I look forward to seeing him in a live show at least one more time in my life.
One can feel the soul of his voice bring meaning to the words he sings.
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Dayan Kai is a classically trained multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, vocalist, and producer with a lifelong dedication to music. Equally versed in jazz, blues, Americana, bluegrass, world, reggae, folk and rock traditions, Kai’s compositions reflect his vast experience in the industry as both a soloist and versatile accompanist.
He is currently busy as the full-time Music Director for “Burn’n Love,” the Elvis Presley tribute at The Maui Theater in Lahaina, Hawaii. (link hidden) calls it “The best show on Maui”.
Formally trained since the age of two, Dayan studied under World Music composer Lou Harrison, Latin percussionist Michael Strunk, jazz trumpeter/arranger Ray Brown and mandolin master David Grisman. Dayan is also a versatile accompanist and works with numerous notable artists from around the world in many genres.
Dayan has self-produced and released six solo albums including “Resonate,” "Treat A Stranger Right," "Livin' Like A Rat Again," "The First Twelve Years," "All Kai," "Songs of Sunday", as well as two albums with his former band Water, "Scrape the Sun" and "Look out the Window". In 2010, he recorded the duo album “Make It Rain” with frequent collaborator Keith Greeninger. Dayan also contributed his talents on a multitude of albums in the folk, jazz & world genres.
Dayan recorded “Resonate", his latest release, with long-time friends/collaborators Steve Uccello and Jimmy Norris and Grammy-nominated producer Cookie Marenco. Dayan has also produced albums for Steven Graves, Mike McKinley, Tess Dunn, Quackgrass, and Michael Gaither.
Dayan has played at many notable festivals, including the Folklife Festival and Bummershoot Festival (Seattle, WA), Sister's Folk Festival (Sisters OR), American River Music Festival (Lotus, CA), Strawberry Music Festival (Groveland, CA), Kate Wolf Memorial Festival (Laytonville, CA), High Sierra Festival (Quincy, CA), Art on the Green (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho), Sandpoint Music Festival (Sandpoint, ID), and Summerfest (Milwaukee, WI) and many, many more.
A partial list of instruments Dayan plays includes keyboards (piano, organ, accordion), guitars (Spanish classical, six- and 12-string acoustic, electric, and resophonic), other strings (charango, ukulele, bass, 4- and 5-string banjo, mandolin, and fiddle), the single-reed woodwind family and flutes from around the world, trumpet and trombone, conchas, and percussion (trap kit and hand drums [cajon, pandero, doumbec, tabla, and congas]).
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