Rockin’ Istana Budaya


Awie and his iconic rock band return to Istana Budaya for a new collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra, writes Dennis Chua

THE hard-rocking quartet Wings will take die-hard fans on its second major “flight” to Istana Budaya on April 26, 27, 28 and 30.

Vocalist Awie (Ahmad Azhar Othman), guitarist Joe (Abdul Zamin Abdul Kadir), drummer Black (Azmi Hashim) and bassist Eddie (Samsaidi Ulong Idris) are marking their second concert at the national theatre, located in Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur, since Opera Hidup two years ago.

Konsert Wings Rockestra is their second collaboration with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) led by Mustafa Fuzer Nawi. The NSO had joined Wings in Opera Hidup, but this time, they will play a bigger role by giving more of Wings’ songs an orchestral touch.

Istana Budaya director-general Datuk Juhari Shaarani says: “Wings is an icon of all-Malaysian rock music. Bringing Wings and the NSO together means combining the best in rock and orchestral music of Malaysia.”

The concert’s director Azmi Zainal Abidin says: “The concert will be divided into two segments — a joint performance by Wings and the NSO and then, a Wings’ solo.

“It will be complemented by state-of-the-art technology that projects scenes of Wings’ famous concerts of yesteryear.”

Singer-actor-television personality Awie says they will focus more on their less-known songs, without ignoring hits such as Peronda Jaket Biru, Misteri Mimpi Syakila, Hukum Karma and Taman Rashidah Utama.

“We’re going to perform as many gems from our 17 albums as possible as well as songs from our new Menakluk Kosmos album.”

Mustafa Fuzer says both the group and the orchestra have been busily rehearsing daily for two weeks, for the 2½-hour concert.

“There will be 43 NSO musicians joining Wings on stage,” he says.

Joe, the concert’s music director, says they have a very talented orchestra music arranger in Lee Tse Wan. “It is never easy to bring rockers and orchestral musicians together to play rock anthems, but we have a brilliant team of collaborators here,” says Joe.

Awie says there will be two guest artistes, to be announced later. “A total of 20-odd songs will greet fans in the national theatre for four nights,” he says.

Tickets are priced from RM69 to RM499. Call 012-2988 446 / 017-6528 423 / 03-4026 5555.

Wings (from left) Eddie, Black , Awie and Joe.

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