Thursday, April 24, 2008
Gambus Goes Latin @Dewan Filharmonik Petronas !!!
Yes gua dah masuk Dewan Filharmonik Petronas !!!
Went to watch a concert called "Gambus Goes Latin" @Dewan Filharmonik Petronas on tuesday. Cheap tics, RM20 jer. Went with Amy, Elly, Audi n Afiz. Had dinner earlier @the Apartment, KLCC. Gua xpenah masuk pon Dewan Filharmonik Petronas b4 dis - nih first time lah. Da concert hall nice siott.. Ader built in pipe organ. Although da hall is smaller lah, compared dgn Dewan Sari Istana Budaya or Auditorium DBP kan..da acoustic is very good siott..Kitorang beli tics seat depan, so dkt giler dgn stage.
This Gambus dude is called Farid Ali. I've seen his performance quite a few times gaks aa. MAse lepak kt Alexis, 2 years back if i'm not mistaken. This dude mmg hebat main gambus. Da best thing about this dude, dier nih boleh main gambus, lagu jazz, blues, n latin. So dis time around, dier perform kt Dewan Filharmonik Petronas lah. Da sessionist who backed him up @da concert giler hebat2 siott. Andy peterson on Bass - Well known bassist in Malaysia lah, John Thomas on drums - da young dude who can play really good jazz drum beats (Yep, off beat tapi sedap), Mac Chew on Piano yg penah jadi sessionist for Sheila Majid before dis, and last but not least dis percussionist yg mmg gua familiar giler bapak - but i forgot his name. Dis dude, selalu main for ramli sarip.
Sessionist gempak2, musicwise - da concert was awesome sehh !!!! GUa giler impress dgn Farid Ali's skills playing dat gambus. Music is universal, so he used his gambus (pls note that, gambus is an ancient malay instrument, 12 strings, fretless - yg selalu diorang main lagu zapin n ghazal tuh) 2play jazz n latin songs, blending ghazal/ zapin into jazz sumer...Pergh, dis dude is gempak siott....Guess What!! he played lagu "Mas Que Nada" by Sergio Mendez using gambus nih !!! EVen lagu "Getaran jiwa" by P.Ramlee pon di'gambus'kan sehh...
It was a memorable exerience for me, since 1st time masuk DFP kan. At the same time, i'm also proud lah - sbb ader dis dude, yg cuba expose our music asli melayu di zaman generasi MTV =)