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Brian Keolalani Mersberg

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Ka Pa Hula Hawai'i
 
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  • Student
    Ka PÄ Hula Hawai‘i
  • Student
    Ka Pa Hula Hawai
  • Na Kama
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NÄ Kama | Brian Mersberg
www.na-kama.com, 16 Feb 2011 [cached]
Brian Keolalani Mersberg
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As the vocal nucleus of the band, Brian continues to amaze listeners with his "power notes" and range. Holding the music through rhythm, Brian is also knowledgeable in the art of hula. As a student of Ka Pa Hula Hawai'i, Brian continues to seek council from his Kumu Hula, Kaha'i Topolinski, and further his learning of Hawaiian dance and culture. For as long as he can remember, Brian has always loved music. This passion began at home and was nourished by both his parents. As a young boy living in Palolo, Brian recalls times when his dad Stanley would pick up his guitar, and his mom Thelma would be at her piano. Together their voices would fill their home with song.
In 1971, the Mersberg 'Ohana moved from Palolo to 'Ewa Beach. After settling in to their new home, Brian got his first instrument - a concert-sized Kamaka 'ukulele. It would be the beginning of his musical journey.
Some years later while attending James Campbell High School, Brian began playing the guitar. He had no formal training, but began by teaching himself different things by listening to music on the radio, and then imitating what he heard. He'd also try to learn by observing other musicians as they played...remembering what he saw them do. Playing music professionally, however, was something Brian never thought about pursuing. He found music a favorite pastime and just something he enjoyed doing.
When Brian graduated from high school in 1980, he was doing very little with his music. It wasn't until he started dancing hula for Kaha'i Topolinski (Kumu Hula of Ka Pa Hula Hawai'i) in 1986 that he began to gain a whole new appreciation for the music of Hawai'i and it's poetry. It brought Brian back to his Hawaiian roots. While a student of Kaha'i, Brian would kanikapila with some of his hula brothers after halau practices.
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As Na Lei Mamo, Brian would enter the recording studio to record his very first single entitled, "Nou E Lili'u"...their full-length recording.
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The only thing more important to Brian then music is his family. His lovely wife Kehau is his greatest fan and supporter. He has been blessed with five children, four girls and one boy. Like his parents did with him, now Brian passes on the love of Hawaiian music to his children as well as the love of hula.
Aside from music, Brian likes going to the beach, watching sporting events, hanging out with his family and eating.
Na Kama - About Us
www.na-kama.com, 20 Feb 2009 [cached]
Brian Mersberg
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Brian Mersberg
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As the vocal nucleus of the band, Brian continues to amaze listeners with his "power notes" and range. Holding the music through rhythm, Brian is also knowledgeable in the arts of hula. As a student of Ka PÄ Hula Hawai‘i, Brian continues to seek council from his kumu hula, Kaha‘i Topolinski from time to time to further his learning's in Hawaiian dance and culture.
NÄ Kama | About Us
www.na-kama.com, 19 Feb 2006 [cached]
Brian Mersberg: As the vocal nucleus of the band, Brian continues to amaze listeners with his "powerful notes" and range. Holding the music through rhythm, Brian is also knowledgeable in the arts of hula. As a student of Ka Pa Hula Hawai'i, Brian continues to seek council from his kumu hula, Kaha'i Topolinski from time to time to further his knowledge in Hawaiian dance and culture.
Na Kama - Brian Mersberg
www.na-kama.com, 20 Feb 2009 [cached]
Brian Mersberg
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For as long as he can remember, Brian Keolalani Mersberg has always loved music.His love for music began at home and was nourished by both of his parents.As a young boy living in PÄlolo, Brian can recall times when his dad would pick up his guitar and his mom would be at her piano.Together, their voices would fill their home with song.Brian's father was a local boy, growing up in Kaka‘ako and his mother is originally from North Dakota.A mixture of Hawaiian, German, and Norwegian, Brian is the second oldest of five children (three brothers and one sister).
In 1971, the Mersberg ‘ohana moved from PÄlolo to ‘Ewa Beach.It wasn't long after settling down there that Brian got his first instrument…a concert-sized ‘ukulele.It would mark the beginning of his musical path.
Some years later when Brian became a freshman at James Campbell High School, he began playing guitar.Brian tried to teach himself different things by listening to music on the radio, and then imitating what he heard.He'd also try to learn by observing other musicians as they played…remembering what he saw them do.Playing professionally, however, was something Brian never thought about pursuing.He always found music as a pastime of fun and something he just enjoyed doing on his spare time.
When Brian graduated from high school in 1980, he was doing very little with his music.It wasn't until Brian started dancing hula for Kaha‘i Topolinski (kumu hula of Ka PÄ Hula Hawai‘i), that he began to gain a whole new appreciation for the music of Hawai‘i and its poetry.It brought Brian back to his Hawaiian roots.While a student of the hÄlau, Brian would kanikapila with some of his hula brothers after hÄlau practice.In 1992, they decided to form a group and take their music to a more professional level.They called themselves NÄ Lei Mamo, given to them by Kaha‘i.As NÄ Lei Mamo, Brian did his first recording single entitled, "Nou E Lili‘u"…their full-length recording, "Pilialoha," followed in 1994.
During the process of recording with NÄ Lei Mamo, Brian met Jay Kauka and Eric Lee and with them, formed the group The Kanile‘a Collection.
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Over time, Brian and Eric continued to play together and in 1998 began their journey as NÄ Kama with the release of their debut album, Ke Ala Hou.
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It would be six years performing as a duo before Brian and Eric welcomed Danny into the group.
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Now, officially a Hawaiian trio, Brian anxiously looks forward to the performances ahead and the opportunity of meeting and performing the NÄ Kama sound of music for people all over the world.
Na Kama: Brian Mersberg
www.na-kama.com, 24 Feb 2008 [cached]
BRIAN MERSBERG (12-string guitar/vocals)
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As a young boy living in Palolo, Brian can recall times when his dad would pick up his guitar and his mom would be at her piano.Together, their voices would fill their home with song.Brian's father was a local boy, growing up in Kaka'ako and his mother is originally from North Dakota.A mixture of Hawaiian, German, and Norwegian, Brian is the second oldest of five children (three brothers and one sister).
In 1971, the Mersberg 'ohana moved from Palolo to 'Ewa Beach.It wasn't long after settling down there that Brian got his first instrument…a concert-sized 'ukulele.It would mark the beginning of his musical path.
Some years later when Brian became a freshman at James Campbell High School, he began playing guitar.Brian tried to teach himself different things by listening to music on the radio, and then imitating what he heard.He'd also try to learn by observing other musicians as they played…remembering what he saw them do.Playing professionally, however, was something Brian never thought about pursuing.He always found music as a pastime of fun and something he just enjoyed doing on his spare time.
When Brian graduated from high school in 1980, he was doing very little with his music.It wasn't until Brian started dancing hula for Kaha'i Topolinski (kumu hula of Ka Pa Hula Hawai'i), that he began to gain a whole new appreciation for the music of Hawai'i and its poetry.It brought Brian back to his Hawaiian roots.While a student of the halau, Brian would kanikapila with some of his hula brothers after halau practice.
...
As Na Lei Mamo, Brian did his first recording single entitled, "Nou E Lili'u"…their full-length recording, "Pilialoha," followed in 1994.
...
During the process of recording with Na Lei Mamo, Brian met Jay Kauka and Eric Lee and with them, formed the group The Kanile'a Collection.
...
Over time, Brian and Eric continued to play together and in 1998 began their journey as Na Kama with the release of their debut album, Ke Ala Hou.
...
It would be six years performing as a duo before Brian and Eric welcomed Danny into the group.
...
Now, officially a Hawaiian trio, Brian anxiously looks forward to the performances ahead and the opportunity of meeting and performing the Na Kama sound of music for people all over the world.
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