Aubrey Suwito cel­e­brates 30 years in mu­sic

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

FOR more than three decades, Aubrey Suwito has com­posed many pop­u­lar tunes for the coun­try’s top singers such as Datuk Siti Nurhal­iza, Dayang Nur­faizah, Faizal Tahir and Ja­clyn Vic­tor.

But at his two-nights-only con­cert, “Aubrey Suwito and Friends with the MPO — A Cel­e­bra­tion of 30 Years in Mu­sic”, which be­gins to­mor­row at De­wan Fil­har­monik Petronas (DFP), his best works will be re­ar­ranged into sym­phonic pieces.

This grand col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the tal­ented com­poser and the Malaysian Phil­har­monic Orches­tra (MPO) will see per­for­mances by Dayang, Ja­clyn, Faizal and Sean Ghazi, while Aubrey, 51, will join them on the pi­ano.

The singers will per­form 14 songs. Among them are Gemi­lang, Sedin­gin Mana Cin­tamu, La­yarlah Kem­bali, Malacca Sun, Count­ing Days, Ge­mu­ruh, Seribu Impian and Me­natap Dalam Mimpi.

“Each track took me a week to ar­range,” said the Me­laka-born at Traders Ho­tel Kuala Lumpur re­cently.

“My wife said I should get some­one else to re­ar­range the songs, but since it’s my show, I fig­ured I should be the one do­ing so.

“It’s a labour of love and I prom­ise a spec­tac­u­lar yet sen­si­tively-sin­ful show.”

Con­duc­tor Ah­mad Muriz Che Rose, who will be lead­ing the MPO, said: “Aubrey has rein­vented the tunes and now they sound re­ally dif­fer­ent from the orig­i­nal.

“How­ever, you will find the orig­i­nal sound re­tained. The sym­phony only adds more magic to the al­ready beau­ti­ful com­po­si­tions.”

Also in­cluded in the reper­toire are pop­u­lar num­bers by other com­posers that have in­flu­enced his mu­si­cal pal­ette, such as The So­lianos’ pa­tri­otic tune Tanah Pusaka, Queen’s eclec­tic Bo­hemian Rhap­sody and the late Sudirman Ar­shad’s heart-ren­der­ing Hu­jan.

“I’ll be shar­ing with the au­di­ence my mu­si­cal jour­ney span­ning 30 years. It’s an in­ti­mate show, but in a grand set­ting.”

The Berklee Col­lege of Mu­sic grad­u­ate said the com­bi­na­tion of MPO and the four singers would make the con­cert a five-star per­for­mance.

“There will also be a fifth vo­cal­ist join­ing us. His or her iden­tity will re­main a mys­tery un­til con­cert day,” Aubrey said.

“Come and find out who!” “Aubrey Suwito and Friends with the MPO — A Cel­e­bra­tion of 30 Years in Mu­sic” will be recorded as a live al­bum and will be avail­able later this year.

Tick­ets, priced at RM380, RM270 and RM210, are avail­able at the DFP Box Of­fice counter. Al­ter­na­tively, call 03-23317007 or email box­of­ By Bibi Nur­shuhada Ramli

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