NBT's 12th anniversary and solianos' reunion
incredible events are happening one after another!
after the superb run of the bossa princess production, we would have thought we could take a breather but wait, the solianos are coming back to the studio with the full cast, the whole 7 of them on vocals making it - hold your breath - a 7-part harmony! where in malaysia (or in the region) can you find a 7-part harmony group, a family no less?
the addition of big sister isabella and big brother coni, who are based in langkawi datai, proves to be a revelation! the full-strength solianos sound so much more robust, impactful, harmonious and melodious. we were so glad to have made the decision to include bella and coni in the team. this is the the full cast, the whole family making great music together.
coni, besides doing a mean trumpet also lends his voice to the harmony. his trumpet, coupled with salvodor's saxophone, are so superb that had us exclaiming in joy! the duo blowers added so much texture, colors and kicks to songs like "gadis idamanku" and "tanah pusaka".
bella also has a soulful voice that renders malay songs well. she complements irene soliano very well as both of them have similar voicing. at the same time, bella also normalizes some of tricia's individualistic vocal character, making the vocal harmony so much tighter and layered.
both coni and bella are precious additions to the 5 soliano members we initially had. we could also see that salvador is visibly pleased with the improvement the big brother and big sister bring to the team. for once, the perfectionist salvodar said "i am happy now"!
on the same night, we also videotaped the interview, conducted by our good friend and big supporter, laurence, to be included in the "making of" dvd.
laurence didn't even prepare a script, he just fired straight. he said he wanted us to be unprepared, casual and relaxed! the interview was mostly about how the family members cherish their great father, alfonso soliano, the jazz legend in malaysia, and how they see this "pusaka" album as a legacy and imprint to their father's great work.
laurence interviewing the solianos for the "making of" video
while the brasilleiro album excels in being an easy-listening album with superb musicianship and arrangement, the solianos "pusaka" would be best remembered as an historical "landmark" album that pays tribute to a legend. the "pusaka" album embodies the spirits and supreme musicality of the soliano family, who has been somewhat neglected by the mainstream music watchers and players for the past decades. mind you, the solianos is the only harmony group that malaysia has ever had.
both albums are first of its kind in malaysia. it is something that major labels would never do or bat an eyelid to. pop pop music is so proud to be the pioneer and mover in bringing such top musicians to the limelight and, dare we say, international arena.
really, maestros like tay cher siang, salvador guerzo, solianos, roger wang deserve more mainstream recognition.
we feel a deep sense of responsibility 【使命感】 to give these great musicians the due respect and recognition.
there is a great sense of pride and satisfaction in us.