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There’s an English saying that goes something like, ‘If you’re not improving you’re falling behind.’ This saying rings especially true to those of us who are in the creative field. Grow, or fade away!
So from the ‘early days’ of me hanging around studios as an ‘assistant’, right up to these ‘more successful’ days working on choice projects, two things have always anchored the way I produce music. One, to make positive music that touches people, and two, to always be conscious of my production values so that my music gets better over time.
Speaking of growth, I have been blessed with an ever-expanding work portfolio. In the last couple of years I have had the opportunity to work with the Malaysian National Symphony Orchestra and the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra. Working with full-fledged orchestras has had such a steep learning curve that it sometimes felt like I was sitting for a tough exam paper. Certainly a far cry from the duos, and the 4-piece bands that I started my early career with! So when the offer came from the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas management to be the first Malaysian ‘non-artiste’ to be featured with the Malaysian Philharmornic Orchestra, my wife and I saw it as an opportunity to showcase our songs, our work and our musical influences into a once-in-a-lifetime performance. We also decided to record the proceedings, if only to have an archive of such a precious moment.
I recall listening to the raw recordings some time after the ‘live’ show had ended, and remember feeling overawed by the emotion, the grandeur, the intimacy and the sheer virtuosity on show. This recording simply had to be released as an album because of the amazing performances put in by all the artistes and musicians.
And so we now present to you… Aubrey Suwito & Friends with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. Featuring (in order of appearance) Dayang Nurfaizah, Sean Ghazi, Jaclyn Victor and Faizal Tahir, all of whom performed so magnificently on those nights and also wonderful people whom I am proud to call my friends.
Let me be the first to tell you that this is NOT an album for everyone, but it is targeted for Malaysian music lovers who still appreciate good songs, good music and good musicianship. My hope is that this album will serve as OUR archive of good Malaysian-made music. Furthermore, I also hope that this album can serve as a reminder that if we do things right, we will always have a fighting chance of staying the course of our intended destination.
To all the music fans in Malaysia, please do all you can to support our local music industry. We have a unique pool of talent that is bred from our equally unique cultural melting pot. Every other country supports local music, and we should too!
This album is a celebration of 30 years in music. I trust that it can also be a celebration of a constantly growing local music industry.
KEEP LOCAL MUSIC REAL!
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