Arts & Leisure



BY JEFFREY O. VALISNO, Sub-editor


An awful lot of music




Posted on October 21, 2011


The biggest musical events this month are not happening this weekend, but this coming Tuesday and Wednesday, as visiting foreign musical acts make a pit stop in Manila as part of their busy world tours.

From mushy love songs, to Christmas carols, and from rap and dance to pop and electronica, there is something for every music fan to watch as concert organizers jostle for public attention.

THE BLACK EYED PEAS

With a Filipino in the group, it is inevitable for the American hip-hop/dance act The Black Eyed Peas to include a concert in Manila in its world tour.

The group made up of Fergie, will.i.am, Taboo, and Filipino rap artist apl.de.ap will perform at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds in Pasay City on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m., for the sole Asian stop in their 18-city world tour that began with a three-night concert at The Stade de France in Paris last June.

The group is all set to perform its biggest hits in the concert, opening the 110-minute music extravaganza with "Rock That Body," "Meet Me Halfway," and "Just Can’t Get Enough."

The Black Eyed Peas will also perform its signature songs like "Don’t Phunk with My Heart," and "My Humps," from the multi-platinum album Monkey Business, "Shut Up" from the 2003 album Elephunk, and "Imma Be" from last year’s The E.N.D. album.

apl.de.ap will have a solo number, performing "Bebot" for his Pinoy fans, while Fergie will perform a mash-up of "Glamorous," and "Big Girls Don’t Cry."

The Black Eyed Peas will wrap up the concert performing its biggest dance hits one after the other, starting with 2003’s "Where is the Love?" and ending with 2009’s "I Gotta Feeling."

DAVID FOSTER AND FRIENDS

After he famously paved the way for young Filipina singer Charice to get noticed in Hollywood, Canadian songwriter/ producer David Foster became a household name in the Philippines.

The popularity of the 15-time Grammy Award music maestro became more evident after he performed before a sold-out audience at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last year.

On Tuesday night, Mr. Foster returns to the Big Dome for a second helping of love songs, and memorable hit tunes with The Hitman Returns -- David Foster and Friends 2.

This time around, Mr. Foster will be on stage together with Ashanti, Russel Watson, and Michael Bolton, among others.

Of course, Charice will also be on stage to perform before her fellow Filipinos once more.

There is no doubt that Mr. Foster has an ear for talent and a sense for what can make a song take the charts by storm. He has helped catapult the careers of Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Andrea Bocelli, Chicago, Michael BublĂ©, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind & Fire, N’Sync, The Corrs, Natalie Cole, Kenny Loggins, Kenny Rogers, Chaka Khan, All 4 One, Michael Bolton and Brandy.

Mr. Foster broke into the music scene in 1973 as a member of Skylark, whose song "Wildflower" became a Top 10 hit. After the band broke up, Mr. Foster quickly established a reputation as the industry’s premier keyboardist, and most sought-after session musician.

He performed alongside such musical icons as John Lennon, Diana Ross, George Harrison and Rod Stewart. Toward the end of the 1970s he ventured into writing and producing, and almost immediately worked on such classics as Earth, Wind and Fire’s "After the Love Has Gone."

Mr. Foster’s new career path began to soar in the 1980s as he produced and wrote an extraordinary lineup of hit singles, including Chicago’s "Hard To Say I’m Sorry," Peter Cetera’s "The Glory of Love," and while producing multi-platinum-selling songs on the Ghostbusters, St. Elmo’s Fire, and Footloose soundtracks.

The 1990s saw Mr. Foster come up with another wave of memorable hit songs like Celine Dion’s first No.1 hit, "The Power of Love," Natalie Cole’s "Unforgettable," "Have You Ever" by Brandy, and "Music of My Heart" by Gloria Estefan with N’Sync.

Through the decade, Mr. Foster kept reaching unprecedented levels of success with "Unbreak My Heart" (Toni Braxton), "I Will Always Love You" (Whitney Houston), "I Swear" (All-4-One), and "Because You Loved Me" (Celine Dion). These singles collectively reached No. 1 on Billboard’s pop singles’ chart for a record-breaking total of 42 weeks.

As the decade came to a close, Foster founded 143 (I Love You) Records, in partnership with Warner Bros. Under his new label he began to recruit an impressive roster of diverse and exceptional talent. Included in this pool was the Irish singing group, The Corrs, who sold an astounding 30 million records.

At the turn of the millennium, Mr. Foster and 143 Records signed and produced pop sensation Josh Groban, whose critically acclaimed albums have sold over 17 million copies.

Next, Mr. Foster set his sights on fellow Canadian Michael Bublé, a modern-day crooner whose new album, Call Me Irresponsible, debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts and took over the number one position the following week. The album has already sold over five million copies worldwide.

Throughout Mr. Foster’s illustrious career he has shown himself to be extremely versatile, creative, caring and hardworking.

LIBERA

Celebrate the festive yuletide season two months early as the all-boy English choir Libera returns to the Philippines for a special Christmas concert at the PICC Plenary Hall on Tuesday night.

Libera came to the Philppines for the first time two years ago when it performed in sold-out concerts in Manila and Cebu.

Count on the group to perform its version of Enya’s "Orinoco Flow," and if the crowd asks for it, Libera might again perform "Bayan Ko," which was part of its repertoire in 2009.

Libera is a nonprofit vocal group directed by Robert Prizeman. Most members come from the parish choir of St. Philip’s, Norbury, in South London.

The albums, tours and TV appearances they do as Libera are in addition to their regular singing as part of the full choir of men and boys at parish choral services.

They come from a variety of backgrounds in the London area, attending many different schools, including local state schools, church schools and performing arts schools.

Libera recruits boys from any religious denomination and even those with no religious affiliations.

Most join between the ages of seven and 10, however older boys may join if they have the appropriate singing abilities.

The group currently has approximately 40 members between the ages of seven and 16.

OWL CITY

Following the success of its album tour stop in Manila last year, Owl City -- the American electronica musical project by singer-songwriter Adam Young -- will return to the Philippines for a full-length concert at the NBC Tent in Taguig on Wednesday night.

The concert is part of Owl City’s All Things Bright and Beautiful Tour which kicked off in Nashville, Tennessee, last June.

The Asian leg of the tour started in Japan. Owl City will then perform at Seoul on Monday, before flying in for the concert at the NBC Tent. The world tour will be capped in Jakarta

Touring with Mr. Young for the Asian leg are Breanne Duren (keyboards, back-up vocals), Daniel Jorgensen (guitar, vibraphone), Laura Musten (violin), Hannah Schroeder (cello) and Caset Brown (drums).

Mr. Young started Owl City while experimenting with music in his parents’ basement in Owatonna, Minnesota, in 2007. Like many musicians who achieved success in that time, Owl City developed a following on the music and social networking Web site Myspace, before signing a record deal with Universal Republic in 2008.

After two independent releases, Owl City gained mainstream popularity with the 2009 major label debut album Ocean Eyes, which spawned the worldwide hit single "Fireflies." The album was certified platinum in the US in April last year. The follow up album, All Things Bright and Beautiful was released last June. Its lead single "Alligator Sky" was first released on iTunes last March.

Owl City’s music is described as "indie-electronica" and "synth-pop," and is often described as belonging under the broad "alternative music" label.

Tickets for The Black Eyed Peas Live in Manila cost P15,900; P12,720; P10,600; P8,480; P4,240; P2,120; and P1,060. For details, contact TicketWorld 891-9999, or SM Tickets at 470-2222.

Tickets for
The Hitman Returns -- David Foster and Friends 2 cost P15,900; P12,720; P8,480; P6,360; P4,240; P2,120; and P850. For inquiries and reservations, contact Ticketnet at 911-5555.

Tickets for
Libera -- A Christmas Concert cost P7,210; P5,150; P4,120; P3,090; P2,575; P2,060; P1,545; P824; P515. Students with valid IDs get 10% discount on tickets purchased at the venue. For inquiries, contact TicketWorld at 891-9999.

Tickets for
Owl City Live in Manila cost P1,802; and P848. For more details, contact TicketWorld 891-9999, or SM Tickets at 470-2222.