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Saturday, July 29, 2017
Louis Soliano: An Institution In Singapore Music
Sunday from 5 - 7.30 pm. 30 July 2017 Esplanade Concourse FREE Louis Soliano is virtually an institution in the Singapore music scene, having performed in every major music establishment. An accomplished percussionist and vocalist with over 56 years of professional experience, he has performed with numerous jazz luminaries across both regionally and internationally and has garnered both respect and admiration of the jazz community both in Singapore and abroad.
Join Soliano and his quartet comprising of pianist Joshua Wan, bassist John Koh and percussionist Bobby Singh as they perform a selection of classic jazz standards and show tunes.
Louis Soliano is virtually an institution in the Singapore music scene, having performed in every major music establishment. An accomplished percussionist and vocalist with over 56 years of professional experience performing at jazz festivals, concert halls, cabarets and hotels, he has performed to dignitaries such as George W. Bush and the late Chinese President Yang Shangkun.
His musical journey reads like a history of the music in Singapore and the region. Coming from a famed family of musicians, he embarked on a musical career in the late ’50s which saw him tour the Far East, Europe and America, working with numerous international celebrities.
Returning to Singapore in 1974, Soliano made waves with his trio, performing commercial jazz in Singapore clubs, Malaysia and Southeast Asia. He then played drums and percussion with the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation Orchestra (SBC) for 10 years before becoming a regular feature at the Singapore International Jazz Festival in the ’80s and early ’90s.
In 1997, Louis was a recipient of the Compass Artistic Excellence Award for his outstanding musicianship and contributions to the development of the Singapore jazz music scene. He later received his lifetime achievement award from Lawrence Wong, then Minister of Culture, Community and Youth and the inaugural Singapore International Jazz Festival in 2014. You make me feel so young You make me feel so spring has sprung And every time I see you grin I'm such a happy individual Catch you all there tonight.