Bio

Hawaii native Alika Lyman is a musician and teacher with 15 years experience and proficient in many styles including Jazz, Latin, Classical, Pop/Rock, RnB, Soul, Funk and Blues. His first musical ventures were learning Beatles songs on guitar, studying lead guitar with Roland Davis (UH, NYU) and playing Tenor Sax in Mililani middle/high school bands. Alika played lead guitar in various rock and metal acts in Oahu and learned jazz and theory from John Gonzalez del Solar before moving to Seattle in 2009 to pursue a professional musical career. In Seattle Alika formed his own group that performed regularly at The Triple Door, Sullivan's Steakhouse, and Lucid Jazz Lounge. Alika taught private lessons and was assistant instructor of Ev Stern's Jazz Workshop teaching jazz to students of all ages and instruments. In Seattle he also got the opportunity to study guitar with Mark Oi (Cornish College of arts), Milo Petersen, and Bass with Ev Stern and Evan Flory-Barnes. Upon moving back to Hawaii in 2012 Alika has studied classical guitar with Peter Frary (University of Hawaii, Leeward CC) and Symphonic Bass with Randy Wong (NEC, Hawaii Symphony, Hawaii Youth Symphony). Alika currently studies with Steve LaSpina in New York City.


Alika has had the honor of sharing the stage with: Gene Bertoncini, Bobby Broom, Valery Ponomarev, Tommy James (Duke Ellington Orchestra), Bobby Watson, Delfeayo Marsalis, Rob Scheps, Eli-Mac (Camile Velasco), Shing02 (Nujabes), Michael Paulo, Rene Paulo, Kimo Cornwell, Gregg Karukas, Harold Chang, Ginai, Shoji Ledward, Gilbert Batangan, Paula Fuga, Gypsy 808, Hot Club of Hulaville, Izik, and Afro Criollo Salsa band. Alika was also Bassist for the Broadway production of The Who's Tommy at Manoa Valley Theater (2015 season)


In 2014 Alika paid tribute to his grand-uncle; vibraphonist Arthur Lyman with Leis of Jazz vol. 2 which was nominated for best jazz album of 2014 at the Na Hoku Hanohano awards and is available on Cd and Vinyl Lp through Dionysus records.