Thursday, July 12, 2012

M Nasir & The MPO

Now here's a musical treat! If you are a fan of M. Nasir, a born in Singapore Malaysian poet, singer-songwriter, composer, producer, actor and film director, you wouldn't want to miss his upcoming concert, a collaboration with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO).

So far, only two local legendary artistes have collaborated with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Tan Sri SM Salim being the first to work with the MPO in 2001, followed by Datuk Sheila Majid two years ago. And now M. Nasir. This fusion of two musical styles - the Nusantara fundamentals of his music and an orchestra - could be quite a musical experience. We can expect a DVD to follow, perhaps.

Nasir’s 35 years in the music industry has seen him scale some lofty heights. The multi-talented artiste, who has a keen love for painting, received his Diploma in Western Painting at Singapore’s Nanyang Academy Of Fine Arts in 1978. He then went on to lead his band Kembara through four albums in the 1980s before striking it out on his own with the cheekily titled Solo album in 1989. To date, he has seven solo albums tucked under his belt and has also produced albums for numerous artistes.

Nasir has garnered numerous accolades for his works in music and movies: Anugerah Juara Lagu (1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000 and 2012), Anugerah Industri Muzik (2001 and 2002) and Anugerah Planet Muzik (2001); Malaysian Film Festival (1984 and 1990) and Anugerah Skrin TV3 (1997).

The 20-odd songs expected to get the roll-call for the two-hour shows include gems like Kias Fansuri, Sahabat Gua, Apokalips, Juwita, Ghazal Untuk Rabiah, Andalusia, Bonda, Keroncong Untuk Ana and Mentera Semerah Padi. The choice of songs was not only of M. Nasir’s own preference, but also based on general consensus.

The 100-plus member ensemble will also include two musicians playing the Malay drums and flute, respectively.

The shows to be staged at Dewan Filharmonik Petronas (DFP) on July 13 and 14, is aptly titled M Nasir & The MPO.

M Nasir & The MPO showtime is at 8.30pm. Tickets are priced from RM98 to RM358. For more info, call 03-2051 7007 or visit /

Source: The Star..M. Nasir collaborates with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra
Image sources: Wikipedia, The Star

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