Joanie as been playing the violin and piano since she was very young.
The music she plays is as diverse as her talents. he has performed as
concert mistress with the Maui Symphony Orchestra at the Manele Bay Hotel as
well as on her sizzling white five string electric violin all over the
She is the founder of P.A.C.E.S., the Performing
Arts and Cultural Exchange Studios on the Big Island of Hawaii, a founding
member of the Kona Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Ken Staton, and
was the first violinist of the String Beings, P.A.C.E.S. resident string
Joanie began and taught the strings program at the Lokahi
Waldorf School in Kealakekua in 1995, starting twenty children on the
violin. She also taught violin, piano, and ballet at P.A.C.E.S. and was the
artistic director from 1995 until 2001, when she left the islands. In Santa
Barbara she started and directed the ukulele and violin programs at Girls,
Inc. through JAMS.
Joanie has also performed regularly with the
Magic Strings, the Kona Chamber Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony, Maui
Symphony, the Salt Lake City Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Kona, and the
Channel Island Chamber Orchestra in the classical genre, also in Salt Lake
City she played mallets and percussion in the Murray Concert band! Joanie
also has performed with Hawaiians Unlimited, Island Rhapsody, The Bomb in
SB, the Montecito Jazz Project, and the Ventura Jazz Collective, the 20's
band Palace Hot Jazz Society, Shenanigans Irish Band, and the all woman rock
and roll band, Tsunami!, in the pop/rock arena, and she frequently can be
seen sitting in with Project Monday, a jazz fusion band, at JazzMinds in
In 1997, Joanie and Carl Ray Villaverde created an all new
sound with their group Mango, playing primarily traditional and contemporary
Hawaiian music. They have been appreciated in Hawaiis finest resorts,
Hawaiis annual Aloha Festival, as well as in Park City and Salt Lake City
during the Olympic winter events 2002, the Biltmore Four Seasons in Santa
Barbara and every Friday and Saturday at the Beachside Cafe on Goleta Beach,
by UCSB from 2002 - 2006.
In Jan 2007 Mango (Carl and Joanie)
released their CD, Hapa Haole Hulas, which was nominated in Contemporary
Hawaiian category of the 2008 Hawaii Music Awards. Several hula halaus in
Central California frequently call upon Mango to play the music for their
performances at the Lobero Theater, Marjorie Luke Theater and the many
Hawaiian and Ukulele festivals in California throughout the summer.
Joanie was a founder of the Santa Barbara Ukulele Club, with Paul Halula in
2006. In 2007 Joanie created a jazz combo featuring the electric violin for
the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Ventura, where they performed as Joanie Collins
Yummy! jazz combo in the Aqua Bar for a year and a half.
to Kona in 2012, Joanie started a new band - Lilikoi Jam, which performs in
both Hawaii and California. It is a collection of versatile and multi
talented musicians who play music of all flavors Hawaiian, Jazz, Reggae,
Blues and Rock, with an infusion of Latin and Calypso rhythms, - music off
the beaten path fun and exciting! Joanie has had the privilege of performing
with great entertainers such as Ray Charles, Dionne Warwick, Kekuhi
Kanahele, Kealii Reichel, and Eugene Fodor.